JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) — Mayor Tony Yarber is supporting a campaign that’s mission is to push students to go to college.
Mayor Yarber and went to Murrah High School Monday to endorse the groundbreaking community-wide partnership funded by a national grant to encourage and assist Jackson Public School students in gaining access to college.
Get2College is a program of the nonprofit Education Services Foundation. Jackson won a $55,000 grant to increase the FAFSA completion rate in JPS.
“Each year, $3 billion in federal student aid is left unclaimed simply because students do not submit the FAFSA. Our goal is to help eliminate financial barriers and show students they do have options for affording college which provide the pathway to economic success and an enriched quality of life,” Mayor Yarber said. “Nationally 90 percent of high school seniors who complete the FAFSA attend college directly from high school.”
Partners in the FAFSA Completion Campaign include Jackson Public School District Office and the administration and staff in its seven high schools, City of Jackson Mayor’s Youth Initiative, Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning, Mississippi Department of Education, Mississippi State Office of Student Financial Aid, Alignment Jackson, 100 Black Men, Parents for Public Schools Jackson, and Great Jackson Chamber Partnership.
“Our partners are serving in the crucial role of making seniors and their parents aware of the importance of filing the FAFSA,” said Kierstan Knaus, Get2College Counselor.