Jun 14, 2024  
2022-2023 Student Handbook 
2022-2023 Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Student Services

Student Services is an administrative, service-oriented unit within MGCCC. Student Services provides activities and programs designed to enhance a student’s college experience.

Online student services such as financial aid, registration, academic transcripts, mid-term and final grades, and other areas are available for individual students at our website mgccc.edu under the My Gulf Coast link.

The major areas of Student Services are outlined below:

  1. Advisement: MGCCC conducts a comprehensive advisement system to aid students in selecting an educational pathway, exploring educational goals, selecting courses and scheduling classes. This advisement process begins in the Enrollment Services Center or during orientation prior to student’s first semester at MGCCC. This relationship is then continued with the assigned faculty advisor pertinent to the student’s area of interest. The student should meet with their assigned faculty advisor during pre-registration each semester to select coursework and updated career and transfer information.
  2. Orientation: All entering first time freshmen are required to attend a scheduled orientation program prior to the beginning of the semester. Orientation is a process of welcoming students to the college. Explanations of policies, procedures and programs take place at this time.
  3. Placement Assessment: Since entering freshmen may differ in their academic preparation, the college makes every effort to determine the appropriate level of beginning instruction for each student. Students are placed in courses appropriate with their ability levels and academic background, based on the ACT scores or the Accuplacer Assessment.
  4. Counseling: Counseling and guidance services are provided to students through the Enrollment Services Center. Emphasis is placed on providing information concerning educational and career opportunities, personal and social development, orientation to college life and decision-making skills.
  5. Assessment Centers: Campus assessment centers provide a variety of proctored testing services. Some of the services provided by the assessment centers will include proctored testing for on-line courses, entrance exams, certification exams, Credit for College Level Examination Program (CLEP) allowing students to achieve college credits by examinations, PearsonVUE testing, and ACCUPLACER testing used to evaluate competency levels of potential students in specific academic areas. Other services are also available. Students may contact the assessment centers on the appropriate campus with any questions by email. 
  6. Veterans Educational Services: Students utilizing Military Benefits may visit the Enrollment Services Center for assistance related to Military Benefits. All students receiving Military benefits are required to report changes in course load, absences, interruptions in attendance or withdrawals to the Military Benefits Processing Center using the online process found at http://mgccc.edu/enroll/apply-now/military-students/ to minimize personal liability resulting from over payments of Military benefits.
  7. Financial Aid: MGCCC administers federal, state, institutional and outside financial aid in the form of grants, scholarships, work programs, and loans.  Since most of these programs are funded by various local, state, and federal activities, appropriate agency guidelines must be followed. The college shall attempt to help students who are in need of financial assistance meet their educational expenses. Programs available include various loans and grants and on-campus jobs, all of which are administered by the dean of student services. Eligibility for these programs is primarily based on financial need. These include:
    1. Federal Pell Grant
    2. Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
    3. Federal Work Study
    4. Federal Subsidized/Unsubsidized Direct Loan
    5. Federal Direct Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS)
    6. Mississippi Resident Tuition Assistance Grant (MTAG)
    7. Mississippi Eminent Scholars Grant (MESG) 
    8. MGCCC Academic Excellence Scholarship
    9. MGCCC Foundation/Alumni Scholarship
    10. MGCCC Performance and Service-Based Scholarships

      Students should contact the campus Financial Aid Office for additional information on the financial aid program and application process.

      Student Awards and Scholarships shall be designated and determined by the administration and faculty of each campus. Scholarships may be made available to students through the college. The amounts and the manner in which they are awarded and the recipients of these scholarships shall be determined by the administration and faculty of each campus.

      RETURN OF TITLE IV FUNDS: Return of Title IV Funds regulations require a return of unearned financial aid to the appropriate student financial aid programs when a student completely withdraws. If an eligible Title IV recipient withdraws, the school must calculate the Return of Title IV Funds.

      MGCCC will implement the Return of Title IV Funds provisions of the Higher Education Amendments of 1998. The following factors will be considered when calculating the Return of Title IV Funds:

      The withdrawal date is based on the official withdrawal notice and the last date(s) of attendance reported by instructors. In the case of unofficial withdrawal, the withdrawal date will be determined based on the documented last date(s) of attendance reported by instructors.

      The percentage of the term completed is determined by dividing the number of calendar days completed through the withdrawal date by the total number of calendar days in the term or payment period.

      The amount of Title IV aid the student earned is determined by multiplying the percentage of the term completed by the total amount of Title IV aid disbursed (or could have been disbursed). If a student completes more than 60% of the term, the percentage of Title IV aid earned is assumed to be 100%.

      The amount of Title IV aid the student did not earn is determined by subtracting the amount of Title IV aid earned from the amount of Title IV aid disbursed.

      If a student received more Title IV aid than he or she earned, the student must repay unearned funds to Title IV programs in the following order:
      1. Federal Unsubsidized Direct Loan
      2. Federal Subsidized Direct Loan
      3. Federal Direct PLUS Loan
      4. Federal Pell Grant
      5. Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

        Students will be notified in writing of any unearned funds, which he or she must repay to a Title IV program. Overpayments will be reported to the Department of Education and the student must satisfy payment arrangements with the Department to re-establish eligibility for student financial aid.
  8. Learning Resources Center
    1. Learning Lab: The Learning Lab is a comprehensive, yet comfortable, academic tutoring facility open to all students that provides one-on-one instruction, small group instruction, and technology-enhanced instruction in English, mathematics, science, accounting, reading, computer instruction, and Spanish. A wide variety of resources are available to support student learning such as: models, subject tutorials, worksheets, microscopes, promethean boards, and resource manuals. (See individual campus section for specifics)
    2. Library: The library is a pleasant, comfortable, well-lit facility that contains a large reference and general collection. Access to the collections is available both on campus and remotely through the SIRSI catalog system. Access to over 75 journal and subject databases, 260,000 eBooks, and over 32,000 streaming video titles is available from the Library website. Millions of full-text articles are available through MELO, MAGNOLIA, and other online resources enabling our libraries to provide access to all student research needs both on and off campus. (See individual campus section for specifics)
    3. Media: Media services are a component of the Learning Resources Center and provide faculty and students with audiovisual technology, equipment, materials, and support for classroom and academic projects. (See individual campus section for specifics)