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  Aug 19, 2017
 
 
    
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2017-2018 Catalog

Expenses and Financial Aid



Financial Information

Tuition and Fees*

(*All costs subject to change)

In-State students

$1440 Per semester tuition for full-time students (12-21 hours)
$120 Per credit hour additional fee for students enrolled in 22 or more hours
$120 Per credit hour for part-time (11 hours or less) and Summer Term students
$50 Registration Fee (non-refundable)
$50 Technology Fee for full-time students
$5 Per credit hour Technology Fee for part-time students
$80 Late Registration Fee (non-refundable)
$15 Per credit hour for distance learning classes (plus regular tuition)

Out-of-State students (and Out-of-Country)

$2,960  Per semester tuition for full-time students (12-21 hours)
$240 Per credit hour additional fee for students enrolled in 22 or more hours
$240 Per credit hour for part-time (11 hours or less) and Summer Term students
$50 Registration Fee (non-refundable)
$50 Technology Fee for full-time students
$5 Per credit hour Technology Fee for part-time students
$80 Late Registration Fee (non-refundable)
$15 Per credit hour for distance learning classes (plus regular tuition)
$596 International insurance for foreign students
$125 Out-of-country service fee per semester for foreign students

Housing (Raymond and Utica Campuses only)

$50 Housing Room Reservation Fee (non-refundable)
$30 Housing Orientation Fee
$1,000  Housing Fee**
$300 Per 4-week Summer Term
  **Add $200 to Pickett Hall, $500 to Riggs-Virden and Allen-Dukes-Whitaker

Meals

$1060  Meal Plan (19 meals/week - Raymond & Utica Campuses)
$315 Per 4-week Summer Term
$210 Commuter meal ticket (30 meals/term)
$390 Nursing/Allied Health meal ticket (7 meals/week)

Other charges

$40  Lab fee
$30 Parking decal per semester/term
$75 Financial Lab course fee
$5 Convenience fee (credit card/debit card payment online) per transaction
$30 Late payment fee

Credit Card/Online Payment

Hinds Community College will accept Hinds Debit Card, American Express, Discover, MasterCard or Visa for the payment of student tuition and fees. Students may pay tuition and fees online at My.Hinds. Deferred fee payment is available for fall, spring and summer semester/term. For more information, call the business office at the location you plan to attend:

Rankin Campus, Administration Building - 601.936.5551
Raymond Campus, Administration Building - 601.857.3205
Jackson Campus:
  Nursing Allied/Health Center, Anderson Hall - 601.376.4805
Academic/Technical Center, Alexander Building - 601.987.8166
Utica Campus, Administration Building - 601.885.7028
Vicksburg Campus, Banks Building - 601.629.6806

Payment of Registration Expenses Required according to the date set by the college:

The payment of charges for tuition, fees, room, and board is part of the registration process. All fees are due according to the scheduled date set by the college. Thus, Hinds requires each registered student to have completed one of the following steps:

  1. Paid fees in full or
  2. Entered into a payment plan for the current outstanding account balance on My.Hinds. For log-in instructions, visit www.hindscc.edu or
  3. Have completed all financial aid forms and have a financial aid award amount that can pay all outstanding fees.

Failure to complete one of these steps will result in deletion of your class schedule! A student will then have to re-register for classes which may result in inconvenient times, sections, or locations.

Student Deregistration Deadline Occurs during the Second Week of On-Campus Classes:

All students who register after the payment deadline must make arrangements for payment of tuition, housing, and meals to complete the registration process. Thus, Hinds requires each registered student to have completed one of the following steps by the end of the second week of classes:

  1. Paid fees in full or
  2. Entered into a payment plan for the current outstanding account balance on My.Hinds.  For log-in instructions, visit www.hindscc.edu or
  3. Have completed all financial aid forms and have a financial aid award amount that can pay all outstanding fees.

Failure to complete one of these steps will result in deletion of your class schedule! In addition, your account may be turned over to a third party collection agent.

Web Payment at My.Hinds on the College website at www.hindscc.edu:

My.Hinds allows students to use the latest technology to complete business transactions with the College at any time. Students may check their account balances or pay tuition and various fees by using a credit or debit card. (Payment with a credit/debit card will incur a convenience fee of $5.) Parents wanting to access this feature must obtain the student’s login ID and password for the my.hinds site from their student.

Method of Payment:

Payment of fees may be made online using Hinds Debit Card, American Express, Discover, Visa or MasterCard on My.Hinds. At each campus you may visit the business office which accepts credit cards, money orders, travelers checks, paper checks (subject to approval by Telecheck), and cash.

Payment Plan:

Hinds offers a tuition and fees payment plan which helps in budgeting college costs but requires financial planning by students and their families. Full-time students and part-time students with more than 3 hours will qualify to enroll in the monthly payment plan which will include the cost for tuition, fees, housing, and meals. The deferred payment plan requires the student to:

  1. Be enrolled in at least 6 hours
  2. Have a valid FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) on file (not yet awarded)
  3. Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress

Students are required to pay all previous term balances to complete the registration process. Students who elect to participate in the payment plan must log in to their My.Hinds account to enroll and complete the necessary documents.  See Financial Aid on the College website for more information.

Once the monthly agreement is completed, the student will be immediately charged a $25 set up fee (per semester non-refundable service fee) along with the down-payment amount.  Payments thereafter are processed on the 5th of the month and continue until the balance is paid in full.  The deferred agreement will be charged a $25 set-up fee along with the first scheduled payment on the 20th of the month and continue until the balance is paid in full.

Failure to make timely payments according to the agreement will result in the student’s restriction from future class registration, possibly having the account assigned to a collection agency, and non-release of transcripts.

Clearance of Obligations:

All financial or other obligations to the College must be cleared prior to the end of each semester or term. An outstanding balance for a prior semester or term must be paid before the student will be allowed to register for subsequent semesters or terms. Transcripts will not be issued if financial obligations have not been satisfied. Failure to meet financial obligations to the College could subject the student to additional late payment charges, as well as collection costs.

Other Expenses that may be incurred:

In addition to registration expenses, other expenses may be incurred by students during the semester. The following are examples of charges that may be payable when incurred:

$40 Yearbook $50-100 Parking Ticket
$60 per Semester Wellness/Fitness $20 Replacement Key
$10 Replacement Campus ID Badge $30 Returned Check/Payment Fee
$100 Behavior Fine (minimum) $300 Bus Transportation per semester (Utica only)
$21 Replacement Hinds Debit Card $210 Commuter Meal Ticket - 5 day, 1 meal/day
$25 Deferred Payment Plan Set-up Fee  (30 meals, tickets are not refundable/replaceable)
$30 Late Payment Fee  

Withholding of Funds:

If there is an outstanding account balance, and the College has in its possession any funds payable to the student, the College reserves the right to withhold funds necessary to pay the outstanding balance and cover any collection costs incurred. Once accounts are paid, any remaining balance will be refunded to the student.

Student Loans:

Student loans are disbursed in two (2) equal amounts each semester or term. All student loans are disbursed electronically.

Student Financial Aid Refunds:

Each registered Hinds student will receive a Bank Mobile letter that will include a website and a unique personal code for the purpose of selecting their disbursement method.  After all charges are paid, the balance of a student’s refund is credited to their refund selection in quarterly payments during each semester.  If a student selects the Hinds Debit Card, it will be mailed to the student, using the address on file with the College, approximately 3 or 4 weeks into the semester. To receive any refunds from the College, a student must have a refund selection. During the activation, the student will choose how to receive his or her refund money. Students have the following options:

  1. Once the College releases the funds, they can be directly deposited (ACH) to a third party bank account of the student’s choice (2 - 3 business days)
    If students choose to have their refund electronically deposited to an already existing bank account, the transfer may take 2-3 business days from the day the College releases the funds. Students will receive an e-mail once their refund has been processed. In order to have a refund deposited to their bank account, students will select the preference ACH, a third party bank choice at www.refundselection.com.
  2. Once the College releases the funds, they can be directly deposited to the student’s Vibe Account (1 day or less)
    The Vibe account from BankMobile is a fully functioning FDIC insured free checking account that allows students quick and easy access to their refunds. The Vibe account has no minimum balance, no monthly fees, and free Internet banking features. With the Vibe account, students can use their Hinds Debit Card to make purchases anywhere Debit MasterCard is accepted. Students will have the option to receive an e-mail when their refund has been directly deposited to their Vibe account. Students may view detailed activity of their Vibe account by accessing their Vibe account statement online at www.refundselection.com.
  3. Once the College releases the funds, if the student has not selected a refund disbursement method, a check will be issued by Bank Mobile and sent to the student address on file.
Regardless of how students choose to receive their refunds, they must use their Hinds Debit Card to make their refund delivery choice online at www.refundselection.com.

Withdrawals and Refunds:

Complete withdrawal:

Prior to Classes Starting

Students officially withdrawing prior to the start of a term will not be held liable for fees (other than nonrefundable fees). Students who have paid tuition can use My.Hinds to remove themselves from all classes.  For log-in instructions, click here.

After Classes Have Started

Students must complete an official withdrawal form in the appropriate counseling office. In addition, the student must be current on their payment plan or pay any fees owed within 14 days of billing. Withdrawal from classes may result in the loss of financial aid previously applied. Students receiving Federal Title IV funds (Pell Grants, FSEOG, and William D. Ford Loans) that withdraw from school will earn only a percentage of their award based on the last day of attendance through 60% of the semester. If the amount disbursed to the student is greater than the amount the student earned, the student may owe money back to Hinds. The liability for fees will not be excused for withdrawals effective after the start of the semester.

Refunds:

Students having made prior payment will be refunded the amount paid less their liability (the amount owed) after the withdrawal. Students suspended for disciplinary reasons are not eligible for refunds or reductions in liability. Refunds will be applied to any outstanding obligations and to any scholarship, grant, or loan received for the semester.  The refund policy is as follows:

Tuition and Fees:

  • 100% refund if complete withdrawal is initiated during the first week of On-Campus/MSVCC courses.*
  • 50% refund if complete withdrawal is initiated during the second week of On-Campus/MSVCC courses.*

*If a student is taking a combination of On-Campus and MSVCC classes, the full refund is given during the first week of On-Campus classes, with a 50% refund given during the second week of On-Campus classes. 

 Housing Fees:

  • 75% refund before the sixth calendar day after On-Campus classes begin
  • 50% refund before the eleventh calendar day after On-Campus classes begin

Meal Plans:

  • Students withdrawing from residence halls during the semester may be refunded all full weeks remaining on the meal ticket period upon properly checking out of the residence halls.

Students who are Placed in Active Military Status:

Any student who has enrolled at Hinds Community College under the governance of the Board of Trustees, who is a member of the Mississippi National Guard, or one or more units of the Mississippi State Guard, or who is a member of any of the reserve components of the armed forces of the United States, and who has been placed in active duty status by orders of the President of the United States, or who has been drafted into any component of the armed forces of the United States, may be allowed to withdraw as a student of the college, with a full tuition refund, out-of-state fees (if applicable), student fees and any special fees, with room and board fees prorated pending the approval of the president. 

Any student who withdraws from the college under this policy will not receive any grades. The student record will show evidence of the withdrawal with documentation on file. 

Any student who has completed at least three-quarters (3/4) of the semester and is in good standing with the college, and who needs only to take the final examination to complete the semester, has the option to leave the college pursuant to this policy, without his class standing affected, and without refund of any of the above fees or tuition.  However, within ninety (90) days after release from active duty, the student must make arrangements to take the final examination.  The score on the final exam plus the finished semester’s work will constitute the student’s final grade.

Change in Regulations or Expenses:

All financial regulations, fees, or charges are subject to change as conditions warrant.

Financial Aid

General Requirements

Financial assistance is provided to students who have met admission requirements of the college and is to be used for educational purposes. For the student to be eligible to continue receiving Federal financial aid, he/she must file a yearly Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

In order to receive financial aid from any Federal or Mississippi Student Financial Aid Program, the student must be in good standing and must make satisfactory progress in his/her program of study according to Hinds Community College Policy for Satisfactory Academic Progress. A student with an “unsatisfactory” status with Financial Aid, in student loan default, or owing a Federal overpayment is not eligible for Federal or State financial aid.

Funds for financial aid come from Federal Government Programs, Hinds Community College, the State of Mississippi, individuals, and local civic organizations. The amount of money available for each award year depends upon the amount of money made available for the institution from these sources.

Federal Financial Aid Only Available to High School Graduates and High School Equivalency (GED®, HiSET®, or TASC) Graduates

Students without a high school diploma or high school equivalent (GED®, HiSET® or TASC) are welcome to enroll in career programs once admission requirements are met.  Federal financial aid may be available to students who complete the “ability to benefit” requirements for career pathway programs.  Students that are in high school and take dual-credit/dual-enrollment classes are not eligible for financial aid.

How to Apply

To be considered for any type of financial aid listed below under Federal or State Programs, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. The Office of Financial Aid will electronically receive the results of the FAFSA approximately three to five days after the student applies, provided Hinds’ Title IV school code 002407 is submitted on the FAFSA. The student will be notified by mail and email if any additional documents are required. Financial Aid will be awarded to each student based on the individual’s need. Each student is considered for all types of aid and awarded accordingly. Early filing of the FAFSA will insure sufficient time to study the needs of each student.

Return of Title IV Funds

Special rules apply when students withdraw from classes after receiving Title IV financial aid funds from any of the following federal programs:

  • Federal Pell Grant (PELL)
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
  • William D. Ford Direct Loan Program* (Subsidized & Unsubsidized Loans)
  • Federal PLUS Loan (borrowed on the student’s behalf)

The Higher Education Amendments of 1998 define “Withdrawals” as failure to complete the period of attendance for which federal aid eligibility was based and “Unofficial Withdrawals” as when students simply stop attending class. Therefore, this policy affects not only those students who complete the formal withdrawal process, but also those students who simply stop attending classes. In either case, when a recipient of Title IV financial aid funds ceases attendance during a term, the College must calculate how much aid was earned and unearned by the student.

These rules are federally mandated and the amount of aid a student has earned for the enrollment period is based on the length of time the student remained enrolled for that period. If a student withdraws on or before the 60% point of the enrollment period, the student may not have earned all of the financial aid that they received.  Excess financial aid funds must be returned to Title IV within 45 days of the date the school determined that the student withdrew.  A student who remains enrolled beyond the 60% point of the enrollment period has earned 100% of the federal grant aid for that period. Hinds Community College will return all unearned Title IV financial aid funds to the Department of Education. The amount of returned funds will be charged back to the student’s college account in the Business Office. Funds will be returned to the applicable Title IV financial aid programs in the following order:

  1. Federal Unsubsidized Loan
  2. Subsidized Loan
  3. PLUS Loan
  4. Federal Pell Grant
  5. Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant
  6. Other Title IV Aid

All withdrawals (official and unofficial) are determined by the institution utilizing a routine report that identifies all Title IV financial aid recipients that have received a grade of “F” or “W”. The Return to Title IV calculation will be completed using the student’s last date of attendance in all classes. After this calculation has been completed, the student may be entitled to a post-withdrawal disbursement which must be sent to the student within 45 days of the date the school determined the student withdrew. This type of disbursement is received after the student has withdrawn from school but has earned a greater percentage of aid than has been disbursed to them.

*Students must be enrolled and attending at least six (6) semester hours in order to receive a loan disbursement.

Federal Programs

TYPE: FEDERAL PELL GRANT
DESCRIPTION: $596 to $5,920 per year. Non-repayable if student continues enrollment beyond 60% of the enrollment period. For eligible applicants.
ELIGIBILITY: Undergraduates only without a Bachelor’s degree and with less than twelve semesters or the equivalent previously received in Pell.
REQUIRED FORMS: FAFSA results and other documents as required
   
TYPE: FEDERAL SUPPLEMENTAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY GRANT (FSEOG)
DESCRIPTION: At least $100 per year. Non-repayable.
ELIGIBILITY: Undergraduates only with demonstrated need and based on availability of funds.
REQUIRED FORMS: FAFSA results
   
TYPE: FEDERAL COLLEGE WORK-STUDY (FWS)/COMMUNITY SERVICE
DESCRIPTION: Average 12 hours per week at minimum wage.
ELIGIBILITY: Undergraduates with demonstrated need and based on availability of funds.
REQUIRED FORMS: FAFSA results and HCC Work-Study Application
   
TYPE: WILLIAM D. FORD DIRECT LOAN PROGRAM (Subsidized and Unsubsidized)
DESCRIPTION: Amounts vary according to student’s eligibility. Variable interest rate. Repayment begins 6 months after ceasing to be at least a half-time student (minimum of 6 semester hours).
ELIGIBILITY: Undergraduates with demonstrated financial need.  Loans are based on cost of attendance, student need and annual and aggregate loan limits.
REQUIRED FORMS: FAFSA results, Master Promissory note, and Entrance Counseling
   
TYPE: PARENT LOAN FOR UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS (PLUS)
DESCRIPTION: Maximum varies per student. Parents of Hinds Community College students. Variable interest rate can apply.
ELIGIBILITY: Based on the cost of attendance and amount of financial aid awarded.
REQUIRED FORMS: FAFSA results, PLUS Application, Master Promissory note (found at studentloans.gov)

State-Funded Programs

TYPE: MISSISSIPPI TUITION ASSISTANCE GRANT (MTAG)
DESCRIPTION: Up to $500 per year for freshmen and sophomores
ELIGIBILITY: Undergraduates only. Mississippi resident for (1) year prior to enrollment in college.  High school graduate. Initial applicant: 15 ACT, 2.5 high school GPA, enroll in and complete at least 15 semester hours with a 2.5 college cumulative GPA for renewal. Must not be eligible for full Pell Grant. Must be seeking AA or AAS degree or Career or Technical Certificate.
REQUIRED FORMS: MTAG Application
  Call: 601.432.6997 or visit website at www.riseupms.com
DEADLINES: Online application deadline: before September 15; Supporting document deadline: October 15
   
TYPE: MISSISSIPPI EMINENT SCHOLARS GRANT (MESG)
DESCRIPTION: To cover tuition and mandatory fees.
ELIGIBILITY: Freshmen only. High school graduate and Mississippi resident for one year prior to enrollment in college. Semifinalist or finalist for National Merit or National Achievement Scholarship programs and 3.5 high school GPA; or ACT score of 29 and 3.5 high school GPA. Recipients must enroll in and complete at least 15 semester hours and maintain a 3.5 cumulative GPA.
REQUIRED FORMS: MESG Application
  Call: 601.432.6997 or visit website at www.riseupms.com
DEADLINES: Online application deadline: before September 15; Supporting document deadline: October 15
   
TYPE: HIGHER EDUCATION LEGISLATIVE PLAN FOR NEEDY STUDENTS (HELP)
DESCRIPTION: Tuition and fees at a public institution (or equivalent amount at private); Max 10 semesters/15 trimesters
INITIAL ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:       Cumulative 2.5 GPA, 20 ACT (national testing); Must complete specific HELP Core Curriculum; Must complete the FAFSA (can be full Pell-eligible); Must provide evidence of annual family Adjusted Gross Income; Mississippi resident; Full-time enrollment at eligible Mississippi institution
REQUIRED FORMS: HELP Application
  Call: 601.432.6997 or visit website at www.riseupms.com
DEADLINES: Online application deadline: March 31; Supporting Document Deadline: April 30
   

PLEASE NOTE: 
Beginning with the Fall 2017 term, all undergraduate students will receive state grant aid through only one state grant program.  Students who were previously eligible for aid through multiple programs will be awarded through the single program that awards the largest amount.  Therefore, students eligible for both the Mississippi Eminent Scholars Grand (MESG) and the Mississippi Resident Tuition Assistance Grand (MTAG) will receive MESG only.  Similarly, students eligible for both the Higher Education Legislative Plan for Needy Students Grant (HELP) and MTAG will receive HELP only.

Also beginning with the Fall 2017 term, academic eligibility will be reviewed at the end of every term, not only at the end of the academic year, for all programs.  Students must establish and maintain the required GPA every term to continue to receive state aid.  A 3.5 cumulative GPA is required for continued receipt of MESG, and a 2.5 cumulative GPA is required for continued receipt of HELP as well as MTAG.

If you have any questions, please call 800.327.2980 or email via the contact form at www.mississippi.edu/contactsfa
 

TYPE: HINDS COMMUNITY COLLEGE WORK-STUDY PROGRAM
DESCRIPTION: Average 12 hours per week at minimum wage.
ELIGIBILITY: Undergraduates with demonstrated need based on the availability of funds.
REQUIRED FORMS: FAFSA results and HCC Work-study Application
   

Policy on Satisfactory Academic Progress

Hinds Community College is required by federal regulations to establish minimum standards of satisfactory academic progress (SAP) to determine a student’s eligibility for the following Title IV Federal Financial Aid programs:

  • Federal Pell Grant (PELL)
  • William D. Ford Direct Loan Program (SUB & UNSUB)
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
  • Parent Plus Loan (PLUS)
  • Federal College Work-Study (FWS)

Hinds Community College has determined that all students fall under the same Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy.  To receive and maintain financial assistance, a student must make satisfactory progress toward the completion of an eligible academic, technical, or career program of study. The following policy is in compliance with federal guidelines for Satisfactory Academic Progress:

To Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress, a student must meet the following conditions:

  1. A student must pass 2/3 of cumulative semester hours attempted. This includes withdrawn and repeated class hours.  
  2. A student must also maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) based on semesters attempted as outlined in the chart below:
       Cumulative Semesters attempted (full or part-time): 1st 2nd 3+
       Minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average: 1.75 1.85 2.0
3.  A student receiving financial aid is expected to complete his/her program of study within a time frame not to exceed 150% of the published length of that program.  Based on a standard 62 semester hour AA or AAS degree program of study, 93 semester hours is the maximum number of hours for the 150% rule.   
 
  1. Status Review and Notification:
    At the end of each semester, including summer, the Office of Financial Aid will notify, in writing, a student who fails to meet conditions 1 and/or 2 above, that they are on financial aid warning status.  A student placed on financial aid warning will be able to receive financial aid. The written notice will serve as notice to a student that failure to meet the above conditions during the warning semesters will result in an unsatisfactory financial aid status.  There is no warning status/semester for condition 3.  A student placed on financial aid “unsatisfactory” status will be unable to receive financial aid.  Students who are in an unsatisfactory financial aid status will be notified in writing.  A student may re-establish his/her eligibility to receive financial aid by attending school, paying his/her own fees without Federal Financial Aid and meeting conditions 1 and 2 above.  A student who fails condition 3 may re-establish eligibility by completing the program or, in some instances, beginning a new program.
 
  1. Withdrawals, Repeated, Remedial, Non-Credit, and Incomplete Courses:
  • “W’s” will be counted in evaluating the number of semester hours attempted for the purpose of determining eligibility to receive financial aid.  “W’s” will not be used in calculating a student’s grade point average (GPA).
  • A student will be allowed to repeat a course according to the policies stated in the College Catalog; however, all repeated courses will be included in total hours attempted for the purpose of determining eligibility to receive financial aid.
  • Semester hours for remedial/developmental courses will not be recorded as hours attempted. Non-credit courses will not be counted in hours attempted.
  • An incomplete (“I”) grade will have the same effect as a failing (“F”) grade when calculating quality points and hours attempted.
  • Remedial courses will be included in the calculation of a student’s grade point average (GPA).
 
  1. Clock Hour Programs: Satisfactory academic progress is measured at the end of each payment period to determine if a student is eligible for a subsequent Title IV payment.  Clock hour programs must adhere to the same 2/3 cumulative completion rate as the credit hour programs and are subject to the 150% time frame in that a 1500 hour program generally takes 14 months to complete so Hinds Community College may allow 21 months for completion.
 
  1. Changing Majors: A student who has changed majors or has completed one program and begun another, may contact the Office of Financial Aid in writing and the academic progress can be reset to include only those credits and grades that count toward the requirements of the new major.  No student may have this reset more than two times unless a written request is approved by the Director of Financial Aid.
 
  1. Time Frame:
    Students attempting 150% (or more) of the hours in a program are no longer eligible for financial aid in that program unless an appeal has been approved. 
 
  1. Transfer Students:
    A student transferring to Hinds Community College from another college shall be assumed to have maintained satisfactory academic progress at his/her previous college. Hours transferred from previously attended colleges, and accepted towards the student’s program, will be posted to the student’s transcript by the Office of Admissions and Records. Credit hours transferred from a previous college will be counted toward the attempted and completed hours.  If transfer credits do not apply toward the current program of study, the student may contact Financial Aid in writing to have this re-evaluated. 
 
  1. Grade Changes:  The Office of Admissions and Records will notify the Office of Financial Aid of any grade or enrollment changes posted subsequent to the Satisfactory Academic Progress process.    
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Unsatisfactory Status Appeals Process:
    In extenuating circumstances such as personal illness or illness/death of an immediate family or legal guardian, a student may appeal an unsatisfactory financial aid status by filing a written Letter of Appeal Form to Financial Aid-Appeals Office at the Raymond campus.  For convenience, the student may submit the form (and accompanying information) to the Dean of Students/Campus Deans Office at any location.  An appeal must contain the following information: 

  • A written plan for success listing required courses to take.  This information may be found through My.Hinds, the online College Catalog, a transfer/articulation guide, a Hinds counselor or at http://www.mississippi.edu/oasa/articulation_agreement.html.
  • A written explanation stating the reason the student failed to have satisfactory academic progress in any semesters in which the student earned “D’s”, “F’s”, “I’s” or withdrawals.
  • Documentation for any extenuating circumstances listed in the appeal (letter from medical doctor or legal document).
  • An explanation of what has changed in the student’s circumstances that will allow them to succeed. 
    Each appeal will be considered on its own merit.  The Financial Aid Appeals Committee will review the appeal and respond to the student within 30 working days.  Appeals are limited to one per student except in extreme extenuating circumstances.  Appeals will be granted for one semester only and the student will be reviewed for satisfactory academic progress before being granted financial aid for additional semesters. A student with an approved appeal will be placed on probation status.  For additional information about the appeals process, please refer to the Student Handbook

Veteran’s Benefits

The Office of Veteran’s Services is available to assist all eligible veterans and dependents in making application for benefits. Academic, technical, and career courses are open (unless otherwise specified in program description) to students in either of the above categories. Every effort is made to facilitate admission into the student’s choice of programs.

Applications for the Montgomery G.I. Bill may be initiated online.  For additional information call 601.857.3226 or 1.800.HINDSCC.

Admission

Students who plan to receive veteran’s benefits must satisfy the college’s admission requirements as outlined in the Admissions  section of this catalog before enrollment certifications can be sent to the Veterans Affairs Regional Processing Center in Muskogee, OK.  In addition, all transcripts from all schools previously attended must be furnished in order to comply with the regulations of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Registration

Students receiving veteran’s benefits must at all times have a definite program of study and be enrolled in courses leading to completion of the designated program at Hinds Community College. Only these courses can be represented on an enrollment certification and calculated toward the student’s Rate of Pursuit.

All veteran’s benefits recipients are required to see a college counselor to plan their course of study prior to the beginning of each enrollment period.

Every student must file a Certification Request for Veteran’s Benefits at Hinds Community College for EACH enrollment period. Certification requests for Veteran’s Benefits at Hinds Community College can be obtained at the Office of Veterans Services on the Raymond Campus, at any Academic counselor’s office, or on the Hinds Community College Veterans Services website.

In any case where a student is taking courses outside of his/her published program, it is the responsibility of the student to present the required documentation to have that course credited to their Rate of Pursuit. Any of these documents will be considered acceptable documentation:

  • A copy of the approved course substitution form,
  • An official letter signed by the Department Head for the specific program, approving the course toward student’s declared Program of Study, or
  • An official letter signed by an Academic Counselor approving the course toward a student’s declared Program of Study

Credit for Service Training

Students who served in the Armed Forces are encouraged to have an official Military transcript sent to the Office of Admissions and Records. Educational work done by veterans while in active service is evaluated and credit given when possible. The recommendation of the American Council on Education in its handbook, Guide To The Evaluation Of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services, is used as a guide for the evaluation of all military coursework.

Probation and Suspension

Students receiving veteran’s benefits are expected to maintain the same standards of satisfactory progress as all other students.

NOTE: Policies stated for veterans comply with regulations 14253, 14277, 14278, Department of Veterans Affairs.

Changing Enrollment Status

Students receiving veteran’s benefits must notify the Office of Veterans Services whenever there is a change in their enrollment (i.e., dropped, withdrawn, canceled and added courses). Students who fail to comply with this regulation will be liable for repayment of any resulting over payments. (See policy below concerning over-payments.)

Tuition and Fee Payments under Post 9/11 GI Bill

Student benefits vary under the Post 9/11 GI Bill.  Each student’s appropriated tuition and fee payment will be sent to Hinds Community College by the Department of Veterans Affairs.  The HCC Office of Veterans Services will submit the appropriate charges no earlier than the last day to drop/add a course for each semester.  Students are responsible for charges due to the College above those covered by their Post 9/11 GI Bill, as well as making payments prior to the due date assigned by the College.  Students could be penalized or deregistered for non-payment of charges that are not covered by their GI Bill.

Department of Veterans Affairs Overpayment Policies

Student Actions That Result in Overpayments

  1. Withdrawing from a course or school.
  2. Receiving a grade which does not count toward your graduation requirements.
  3. Failure to have an incomplete grade changed to a grade which counts toward your graduation requirements.

VA Actions Once an Overpayment is Created

  1. Add interest charges and collection fees to your debt.
  2. Withhold future benefits and apply them to your debt.
  3. Turn your debt over to a private collection agency.
  4. File suit in federal court to collect your debt.
  5. Withhold approval of your VA home loan guarantee.
  6. Collect the debt from your federal income tax refund.

Explanation of Mitigating Circumstances

The law requires that the VA must collect all benefits paid to a beneficiary for a course for which the grade assigned is not used in computing the requirements for graduation including a course from which the beneficiary withdraws, unless there are mitigating circumstances.

This means if a student drops a course, unless he/she can show the VA that there are mitigating circumstances, they must return all the money paid to them for pursuit of that course from the start of the term, not merely from the date you dropped the course.

Examples of acceptable mitigating circumstances are prolonged illness, severe illness or death in your immediate family, or unscheduled changes in your employment or work schedule.

Examples of unacceptable mitigating circumstances include withdrawal to avoid a failing grade, dislike of instructor or too many courses attempted.

NOTE: Student is required to submit evidence to support circumstances before he/she can be considered as having acceptable mitigating circumstances by the VA.
 

Hinds Community College Scholarships

Hinds Community College Scholarship Policies

The following policies have been established for administering Hinds Community College and Foundation scholarships.  Specific scholarships may have additional requirements.

Eligibility Criteria:

  1. Have a standard high school diploma or high school equivalency diploma (GED®, HiSET®, or TASC)
  2. Submit all admission documents to Hinds Community College
  3. Be currently admitted to Hinds Community College
  4. Must not have an unsatisfactory academic progress status

Requirements for students to receive Hinds Community College and Foundation Scholarships:

  1. Satisfy the requirements for the specific Hinds Community College scholarship
  2. Enroll in a minimum of 15 credit hours by the end of the drop/add period for the semester in which the student is enrolled.  Please note: Scholarship funds for the current semester and following semesters will be forfeited if students do not enroll in and have their presence recorded in 15 or more credit hours.  Presence must be recorded after the drop/add period for the student to be considered enrolled in 15 or more hours.
  3. Submit a Payment and Policy Notification form to the Office of Financial Aid.  The form may be accessed within My.Hinds.

Requirements for students to retain Hinds Community College and Foundation Scholarships:

  1. Students must successfully complete 12 or more credit hours during the semester in which the student is receiving the scholarship.
  2. Students must maintain the cumulative grade point average required by the individual department.  A cumulative GPA includes all credit hours attempted at Hinds Community College, including credit hours while dual enrolled.
  3. Any student who does not complete at least 12 or more credit hours with the required cumulative grade point average will forfeit his/her scholarship for future semesters unless an appeal is filed with and approved by the appropriate person. (See list below). In these instances, students will not be required to pay back any tuition portion of their scholarship and no refunds will be issued to these students.
  4. Scholarships can be awarded for no more than four semesters unless prior approval is granted.  However, the amount, as well as the number of semesters a scholarship may be awarded may vary and is determined by each department.
  5. Students receiving scholarships must attend Hinds CC in consecutive fall/spring semesters.  (Exceptions to this requirement: students participating in the Cooperative Education Program must get special permission from the District Scholarship Committee to continue their scholarship when they are working alternate semesters.)

Awarding of Hinds Community College and Foundation Scholarships:

  1. Scholarship awards will be applied to the student’s account, providing all admission requirements have been met and student does not have an unsatisfactory academic progress status.
  2. The appropriate award amount will begin transmitting to the eligible student’s account 10 days prior to the first day of classes to pay tuition and fees, unless otherwise stipulated by the department granting the award.
  3. If students have grants and scholarships in amounts greater than the total charges, the remaining amount will be refunded to the student’s account according to the disbursement schedule published by the Financial Aid Office.  Students should review their My.Hinds self-service account periodically to view their charges and awards.

General Information:

  1. The amount, as well as the number of semesters a scholarship may be awarded may vary and is determined by each department.
  2. Scholarship awards will not exceed the allowable cost of attendance determined by the College. The Financial Aid Office has the authority to reduce the amount of a scholarship, if necessary, to follow federal awarding guidelines.
  3. Failure to meet all policies will result in forfeiture of the scholarship. There is no probationary semester.
  4. Students suspended/expelled from the College because of a disciplinary action will forfeit their scholarship and eligibility for future scholarships.
  5. Students will be assessed additional fees for enrolling in 22 or more hours in a semester.  Scholarship calculations that are based on tuition will not cover the additional fees.
  6. No institutional scholarship funds may be awarded for scholarships in the summer. (Exception to this requirement is the High School Equivalency Diploma First Class Free Award)
  7. Any exception must be approved by the President of the College.

Appeal Process:

  1. Any student who does not meet all stated criteria to receive and retain a scholarship will forfeit the award.
  2. A student may appeal the forfeiture of a scholarship based on the following:
  • Cumulative grade point average
  • Hours enrolled in and hours completed
  • Satisfactory Academic Progress
  1. If a student wishes to appeal the loss of a scholarship, the student may submit a written letter of appeal to the appropriate department (see list below) only within 30 days of the end of the semester in which the scholarship was forfeited.  There is no probationary period for the loss of a scholarship and no scholarships are reinstated by a new GPA achieved at a later date.
  2. The letter of appeal must be written by the student and should include all information related to the loss of the scholarship and additional supporting documentation that the student deems necessary.
  3. If an appeal is denied by the awarding department, the student may submit a second appeal to the District Scholarship Committee, appointed by the College president, unless the first appeal was originally reviewed by the District Scholarship Committee. However, Foundation Scholarship appeal decisions determined by the Hinds Foundation are final and may not be submitted to the District Scholarship Committee.

Scholarship Departments and individuals responsible for each specific scholarship and for the appeals of each scholarship:

  • *ACT - District Scholarship Committee Chairperson - Fountain Hall, Raymond
  • Art - Art Department Chairperson - Katherine Denton Hall, Raymond
  • Athletics and Cheerleading - Athletic Director - Mayo Field House, Raymond
  • Band - Band Director - Vashti Underwood Muse Band Hall, Raymond
  • Career/Technical Competition Winner - District Scholarship Committee Chairperson - Fountain Hall, Raymond
  • Choir - Choir Director - Reeves Hall, Raymond or Bobby G. Cooper Fine Arts Building, Utica
  • **Foundation - Executive Director of the Foundation - Fountain Hall, Raymond
  • High School Equivalency Diploma Scholarships- District Scholarship Committee Chairperson - Fountain Hall, Raymond
  • Hi-Stepper - Hi-Stepper Director - Bee Hall, Raymond
  • Honors - Honors Institute Dean - Jenkins Hall, Raymond
  • Music/Music Industry - Music Department Chair - Reeves Hall, Raymond
  • Utica Minority - Dean of Students - Walter Washington Hall, Utica
  • Utica Cheer/Dance - Utica Campus Recruiter - Technology Building, Utica
  • Valedictorian/Salutatorian - District Scholarship Committee Chairperson - Fountain Hall, Raymond

*See additional information in the ACT Scholarships section.
**See additional information in the Hinds Community College Foundation Scholarships section.

For information on scholarships not listed above, students should contact the Financial Aid Office at 601.857.3223.

Hinds Community College Foundation Scholarships

The Hinds Community College Foundation makes over 500 scholarship awards each year. Foundation Scholarships are awarded for fall and spring semesters only. Scholarship awards are based on classroom excellence, involvement in extracurricular activities, financial need, desire for achievement, and letters of recommendation. Criteria vary per scholarship. 

Unless otherwise indicated, scholarships are awarded to full-time students who enroll in a minimum of 15 credit hours by the end of the drop/add period for the semester in which they are enrolled. Minimum grade point average varies but no scholarship is awarded with less than a 2.0 cumulative grade point average.

Students wishing to be considered for scholarships on the basis of financial need should have the results of their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) sent to Hinds CC prior to the February 15 deadline.  

Students should not apply for a particular Foundation scholarship. Completed Foundation scholarship applications that are submitted by the deadline will be considered for any Foundation scholarships that are applicable to that particular student.  Deadline to apply and submit requirements is February 15.  Awards are generally made in April or May. Scholarship recipients are selected by the District Scholarship Committee, which is appointed annually by the President of the College.  Students selected for a Foundation Scholarship will receive a scholarship award packet which includes an award letter, acceptance form, and the specific scholarship criteria. 

In order to be considered for a Foundation Scholarship, the following items must be submitted to the Office of Enrollment Services on the Raymond Campus no later than February 15:

  1. Application for admission to Hinds Community College.  Apply online at www.hindscc.edu.
  2. HCC Application for Foundation Scholarships which includes a summary of why you feel you should be considered for this scholarship, list of achievements and statement of financial need, if applicable.  Visit www.hindscc.edu/scholarships.
  3. Two letters of recommendation from individuals representing school, church, community, civic, work, etc.  It is the student’s responsibility to make sure their recommendations have been submitted to the Office of Enrollment Services by February 15.   A standard recommendation form may be used and can be printed from the Hinds website. Visit www.hindscc.edu/scholarships.
  4. A resume, which includes a list of achievements, honors, extracurricular activities, etc.  Email resume to scholarships@hindscc.edu.
  5. A copy of high school or equivalency diploma transcript or college transcripts, if applicable. (Transcripts submitted for Foundation Scholarship purposes may be unofficial and will not be used for admission purposes.)  Transcripts should include current cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or above.  If GPA is not listed on the high school transcript, you must submit a signed High School GPA Verification Form verifying a high school GPA of 2.0 or above.  To access the GPA Verification Form, visit www.hindscc.edu/scholarships.
  6. ACT scores (or High School Equivalency Diploma scores, if applicable).

Please note:  all requirements must be submitted by February 15th for consideration.  Incomplete application packets will not be considered for awards. 

Requirements for students to receive Hinds Community College Foundation Scholarships*:

  1. Students must return the signed acceptance form and a thank-you letter for the sponsor(s).  Any scholarship recipient who fails to accept his/her Foundation scholarship, in writing, by the deadline established in his/her award letter will forfeit the scholarship.
  2. Students must enroll in a minimum of 15 credit hours by the end of the drop/add period for the semester in which the student is enrolled, unless otherwise stipulated by specific Foundation scholarship criteria.  Please note that Scholarship funds for the current semester and following semesters will be forfeited if students do not enroll in and have their presence recorded in 15 or more hours.  Presence must be recorded after the drop/add period for the student to be considered enrolled in 15 or more hours.
  3. Submit a Payment and Policy Notification form to the Office of Financial Aid.  The form may be accessed within My.Hinds.

Requirements for students to retain Hinds Community College Foundation Scholarships*:

  1. Foundation Scholarship recipients must attend the Scholarship Recognition Program each year they receive a Foundation Scholarship.  Failure to attend will result in forfeiting the scholarship for the current semester and future semesters, unless prior approval is granted by the Executive Director of the Foundation.
  2. Students must successfully complete 12 or more credit hours during the semester in which the student is receiving the scholarship.
  3. Students must maintain the required cumulative grade point average required for their particular scholarship.  However, some scholarships are awarded only by semester.  A cumulative GPA includes all credit hours attempted at Hinds Community College, including credit hours while dual enrolled.
  4. A student receiving a Foundation Scholarship designated for a certain major or campus location will forfeit that scholarship if he/she changes majors or campus locations. 

Awarding of Hinds Community College Foundation Scholarships*:

  1. The award, as well as the number of semesters a scholarship will be awarded, may vary.
  2. Scholarship awards will be applied to the student’s account providing all admission requirements have been met and the student does not have an unsatisfactory academic progress status.
  3. The appropriate award amount will begin transmitting to the eligible student’s account 10 days prior to the first day of classes to pay tuition and fees, unless otherwise stipulated by the department granting the award.
  4. If students have grants and scholarships in amounts greater than the total charges, the remaining amount will be refunded to the student’s account according to the disbursement schedule published by the Financial Aid Office.  Students should review their My.Hinds self-service account periodically to view their charges and awards. 

*Foundation Scholarship recipients must also abide by the Hinds Community College Scholarship policies.  For additional information, please call 601.857.3744.

ACT Scholarships

Hinds Community College is proud to offer the following ACT Scholarships to eligible recipients:

Scholarship Name Required Composite Score Amount of Award
Faculty Scholarship ACT 21-24 $1,000 per semester
Deans Scholarship ACT 25-28 $1,500 per semester
Presidential Scholarship ACT 29-above $3,000 per semester


Criteria to be eligible to receive an ACT Scholarship*:

  1. Be admitted to the college as an in-state student.
  2. Have a standard high school diploma or high school equivalency diploma (GED®, HiSET®, or TASC).
  3. Submit an official ACT composite score of 21 or above before the first day of class. (No additional application is required to apply for this scholarship.  ACT scholarship recipients are identified as official ACT scores are received by the College.)
  4. Be a first-time entering freshman (Hinds must be the first college you attend after receiving your high school diploma or equivalency diploma.  Please note: students may not receive both the ACT and the High School Equivalency Diploma scholarship.)  Students are still eligible for an ACT scholarship if they:
  • Attended summer school prior to enrolling at Hinds CC as a full-time student or
  • Participated in dual enrollment/dual credit classes before receiving a high school diploma or equivalency diploma

Requirements for students to receive the ACT Scholarship*:

  1. Enroll in a minimum of 15 credit hours by the end of the drop/add period for the semester in which the student is enrolled. Please note:  Scholarship funds for that semester and following semesters will be forfeited if students do not enroll in and have their presence recorded in 15 or more hours.  Presence must be recorded after the drop/add period for the student to be considered enrolled in 15 or more hours.
  2. Submit a Payment and Policy Notification form to the Office of Financial Aid.  The form may be accessed within My.Hinds.

Requirements for students to retain the ACT Scholarship*:

  1. Successfully complete 12 or more credit hours during the semester in which the student is receiving the scholarship.
  2. Maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above.  A cumulative GPA includes all credit hours attempted at Hinds Community College, including credit hours while dual enrolled.

Awarding of ACT Scholarships*:

  1. The scholarship award amount is based on the highest ACT composite score on file in the Office of Admissions and Records before the first day of class.
  2. Scholarship award amounts cannot be changed by submitting a new score after the first day of classes.
  3. ACT Scholarships are awarded for four consecutive fall/spring semesters. (ACT scholarships do not cover summer terms.)
  4. Once all criteria (shown above) are met, eligible recipients will be awarded this scholarship automatically.
  5. The appropriate award amount will begin transmitting to the eligible student’s account 10 days prior to the first day of classes to pay tuition and fees, unless otherwise stipulated by the department granting the award.
  6. If students have grants and scholarships in amounts greater than the total charges, the remaining amount will be refunded to the student’s account according to the disbursement schedule published by the Financial Aid Office.  Students should review their My.Hinds self-service account periodically to view their charges and awards. 

*ACT Scholarship recipients must also abide by the Hinds Community College Scholarship Policies.  

For more information, call 601.857.3502.

Valedictorian and Salutatorian Scholarships

Hinds Community College is proud to offer a full-tuition scholarship to graduating seniors who have been named as Valedictorian or Salutatorian from an accredited high school within the Hinds Community College District.

Criteria to be eligible to receive a Valedictorian or Salutatorian Scholarship*:

  1. Submit the Valedictorian and Salutatorian Scholarship application found at www.hindscc.edu/scholarships by the priority deadline of July 1st.
  2. Submit an official high school transcript verifying class rank as number one or number two.
  3. Be admitted to the college as an in-state student
  4. Be a graduate of an accredited high school within the Hinds Community College District.  The Hinds CC District includes high schools located in Hinds, Rankin, Warren, Claiborne, or Copiah County.  Accredited high schools include Mississippi public schools and private schools accredited through the Mississippi Association of Independent schools and does not include homeschool associations.
  5. Be a first-time entering freshman (Hinds must be the first college you attend after receiving your high school diploma.)  However, students are still eligible for a Valedictorian or Salutatorian Scholarship if they:
  • Attend summer school prior to enrolling at Hinds CC as a full-time student
  • Participated in dual enrollment/dual credit classes before receiving a high school diploma
  1. Have a standard high school diploma

Requirements for students to receive the Valedictorian or Salutatorian Scholarship*:

  1. Enroll in a minimum of 15 credit hours by the end of the drop/add period for the semester in which the student is enrolled.  Please note: Scholarship funds for the current semester and following semesters will be forfeited if students do not enroll in and have presence recorded in 15 or more hours.  Presence must be recorded after the drop/add period for the student to be considered enrolled in 15 or more hours.
  2. Submit a Payment and Policy Notification form to the Office of Financial Aid.  The form may be accessed within My.Hinds.

Requirements for students to retain the Valedictorian or Salutatorian Scholarship*:

  1. Successfully complete 12 or more credit hours during the semester in which you are receiving the scholarship
  2. Maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above.  A cumulative GPA includes all credit hours attempted at Hinds Community College, including credit hours while dual enrolled.

Awarding of the Valedictorian or Salutatorian Scholarship*:

  1. Priority in awarding this scholarship will be given to applicants who submit all requirements by the priority deadline of July 1st.
  2. Valedictorian and Salutatorian Scholarships are awarded for four consecutive fall/spring semesters (does not cover summer terms).
  3. The award amount will begin transmitting to the scholarship recipient’s account 10 days prior to the first day of classes to pay tuition and fees, unless otherwise stipulated by the department granting the award.
  4. If students have grants and scholarships in amounts greater that the total charges, the remaining amount will be refunded to the student’s account according to the disbursement schedule published by the Financial Aid Office.  Students should review their My.Hinds self-service account periodically to view their charges and awards.

*Valedictorian and Salutatorian Scholarship recipients must also abide by the Hinds Community College Scholarship Policies.

For more information, call 601.857.3502.

High School Equivalency Diploma Scholarships and First College Class Free Award

There are two scholarship awards for High School Equivalency Diploma Recipients:

  1. The High School Equivalency Diploma First College Class Free Award
  2. The High School Equivalency Diploma Scholarship
High School Equivalency Diploma First Class Free Award:
This one-time award allows a new, first-time college student with a High School Equivalency Diploma to take one three-credit-hour class at any of the six Hinds locations or online, free of charge.  To receive the First Class Free Award, students must:
  1. Be admitted to the college as an in-state student
  2. Be 17 years of age or older
  3. Be a first-time entering freshman (Hinds is the first college attended after receiving your High School Equivalency Diploma)
  4. Submit passing scores for an approved high school equivalency diploma: either the GED®, HiSET®, or TASC­™
  5. Submit an application for the High School Equivalency Diploma First Class Free Award to the Office of Admissions.  Visit www.hindscc.edu/scholarships.
  6. Submit a Payment and Policy Notification form to the Office of Financial Aid.  The form may be accessed within My.Hinds.

Please note: The High School Equivalency Diploma First Class Free Award may be made in the summer, fall, or spring terms and is not renewable.  Students receiving the High School Equivalency Diploma Scholarship are not eligible for the First Class Free award.

The High School Equivalency Diploma Scholarship:
Qualifying students may receive the High School Equivalency Diploma Scholarship in the amount of $1,000 per semester. 

Criteria to be eligible to receive the High School Equivalency Diploma Scholarship*:

  1. Must be admitted to the college as an in-state student.
  2. Must be 17 years of age or older.
  3. Must be a first-time entering freshman (Hinds is the first college you attend after receiving your high school equivalency diploma).  Students are still eligible for a High School Equivalency Diploma Scholarship if they:
  • Attend summer school prior to enrolling at Hinds CC as a full-time student
  • Participated in dual enrollment/dual credit classes before receiving the high school equivalency diploma
  • Participated in an Integrated Career Pathways (MI-BEST) program at Hinds CC 
  1. Submit a High School Equivalency Diploma Scholarship Application.  Visit www.hindscc.edu/scholarships.
  2. Submit one of the following official High School Equivalency scores:
  • If the student took the GED® on or before December 31, 2013, a composite score of 577 or higher
  • If the student took the GED® on or after January 1, 2014, a composite score of 640 or higher
  • If the student took the HiSET®, a composite score of 75 or above
  • If the student took the TASC, a composite score of 580 or above
  1. Submit a Payment and Policy Notification form to the Office of Financial Aid.  The form may be accessed within My.Hinds.

Please note: Students may not receive both the ACT and High School Equivalency Diploma Scholarship.

Requirements for students to receive the High School Equivalency Diploma Scholarship*:

  1. Enroll in a minimum of 15 credit hours by the end of the drop/add period for the semester in which the student is enrolled.  Please note: Scholarship funds for the semester and following semesters will be forfeited if students do not enroll in and have their presence recorded in 15 or more hours.  Presence must be recorded after the drop/add period for the student to be considered enrolled in 15 or more hours.

Requirements for students to retain the High School Equivalency Diploma Scholarship*:

  1. Successfully complete 12 or more credit hours during the semester in which the student is receiving the scholarship
  2. Maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or above

Awarding of the High School Equivalency Diploma Scholarship*:

  1. High School Equivalency Diploma Scholarships are awarded for four consecutive fall/spring semesters.  (Does not cover summer terms.)
  2. The High School Equivalency Diploma Scholarship will not be awarded after the first day of classes.
  3. The scholarship award amount will begin transmitting to the eligible student’s account 10 days prior to the first day of classes to pay tuition and fees, unless otherwise stipulated by the department granting the award.
  4. If students have grants and scholarships in amounts greater that the total charges, the remaining amount will be refunded to the student’s account according to the disbursement schedule published by the Financial Aid Office.  Students should review their My.Hinds self-service account periodically to view their charges and awards.

*High School Equivalency Diploma Scholarship recipients must also abide by the Hinds Community College Scholarship Policies.

For more information, call 601.857.3502.

Other Scholarships:

   
HONORS PROGRAM
Raymond & Rankin
Applicants must be enrolled in 15 or more semester hours each semester, 4 of which must be in honors studies (1-hour Honors Forum and at least one 3-hour Honors class or contract).  Award is contingent upon Honors Program membership.  Scholarship recipients must maintain full-time student status and a 3.25 cumulative grade point average.
   
LEADERSHIP PROGRAM Applicants must be enrolled in 15 or more semester hours, 1 to 3 hours of which must be in leadership studies offered through the Honors Institute.  Award is contingent upon Leadership Program Application, interview with the Honors Institute Dean, and successful completion of the class. Scholarship recipients must maintain full-time student status and a 3.25 cumulative grade point average.
   
BASEBALL
Raymond Campus
Amount of award varies with qualifications. Student must meet eligibility rules of the National and Mississippi Junior College Athletic Association. Selections are made by the coach based on scouting observations and/or performance at annual tryouts. Check out the Hinds Athletics website or call 601.857.3325 for more information. Deadline - Varies.
   
BASKETBALL
Utica Campus
(Men & Women)
Amount of award varies with qualifications. Student must meet eligibility rules of the National and Mississippi Junior College Athletic Association. Selections are made by the coach based on scouting observations and/or performance at annual tryouts. Check out the Hinds Athletics website or call 601.857.3325 for more information. Deadline - Varies.
   
FOOTBALL
Raymond Campus
Amount of award varies with qualifications. Student must meet eligibility rules of the National and Mississippi Junior College Athletic Association. Selections are made by the coach based on scouting observations and/or performance at annual tryouts. Check out the Hinds Athletics website or call 601.857.3325 for more information. Deadline - Varies.
   
GOLF
Raymond Campus
Amount of award varies with qualifications. Student must meet eligibility rules of the National and Mississippi Junior College Athletic Association. Selections are made by the coach based on scouting observations and/or performance at annual tryouts. Check out the Hinds Athletics website or call 601.857.3325 for more information. Deadline - Varies.
   
SOCCER
Raymond Campus
(Men & Women)
Amount of award varies with qualifications. Student must meet eligibility rules of the National and Mississippi Junior College Athletic Association. Selections are made by the coach based on scouting observations and/or performance at annual tryouts. Check out the Hinds Athletics website or call 601.857.3325 for more information. Deadline - Varies.
   
SOFTBALL
Raymond Campus
Amount of award varies with qualifications. Student must meet eligibility rules of the National and Mississippi Junior College Athletic Association. Selections are made by the coach based on scouting observations and/or performance at annual tryouts. Check out the Hinds Athletics website or call 601.857.3325 for more information. Deadline - Varies.
   
TENNIS
Raymond Campus
(Men & Women)
Amount of award varies with qualifications. Student must meet eligibility rules of the National and Mississippi Junior College Athletic Association. Selections are made by the coach based on scouting observations and/or performance at annual tryouts. Check out the Hinds Athletics website or call 601.857.3325 for more information. Deadline - Varies.
   
TRACK
Raymond Campus
(Men & Women)
Amount of award varies with qualifications. Student must meet eligibility rules of the National and Mississippi Junior College Athletic Association. Selections are made by the coach based on scouting observations and/or performance at annual tryouts. Check out the Hinds Athletics website or call 601.857.3325 for more information. Deadline - Varies.
   
CHEERLEADERS
Raymond Campus
Tuition scholarships awarded to those selected to cheer. Check out the Hinds Athletics website or call 601.857.3325 for more information.
   
HI-STEPPERS
Raymond Campus
Scholarships awarded to those selected during the annual tryouts. Contact the Hi-Stepper Director, 601.857.3346.
   
MUSIC MAJORS
Raymond Campus
50-100% Tuition Scholarships available. Must be a full-time student majoring in music; enrolled in 15 hours; selection and award is based on audition. Application deadline is May 15 (exceptions may be made for late coming students). Fill out an application online at www.hindscc.edu/music.  For more information, visit the Hinds Music Department website or call 601.857.3271.
   
BAND
Raymond Campus
Students may receive a minimum of 50-100% tuition scholarships.  Additional funds are available for dorm students.  All scholarships are based on audition and interview with the director of bands.  Other awards include Mississippi All-State Lion’s Band Scholarship (100% tuition, room and board without an audition), stage/jazz band scholarships (additional $150 per semester) and band manager scholarships (up to 100% tuition).  Call 601.857.3273 to schedule an appointment for audition.  Deadline for auditions varies.  Visit the Hinds Band website for more information and to fill out a band application.
   

MUSIC - Jubilee Singers/Choir/Daughters of Bobby
Utica Campus

 

Students may receive scholarships based on participation in various music organizations.  Contact Dr. Bobby Cooper at 601.885.7079 for further details.