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Jasper County offers tuition guarantee with JCJC

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JASPER COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - Jasper County high school graduates have a good reason to become a part of the Jones County Junior College family.

Jasper County and JCJC officials announced Monday a new tuition guarantee program that will help students pay to attend JCJC.

JCJC president Jesse Smith praised the Jasper County Board of Supervisors for initiating the program.

"They wanted to step out and make a statement that they value education as one of their top priorities," said Smith.

Jasper County Board of Supervisors president Johnny Rowell called it a win-win opportunity.

"Raising the education level is going to increase their chances for good jobs," said Rowell.

To be eligible, students will have to fill out their FASFA applications on time. They will also have to maintain a 2.5 GPA to keep the scholarship.

Five schools from the county will benefit from this program. Student representatives from the schools said they were excited to hear the news.

"It will give us a better opportunity to go to schools that is closer to home and its a great opportunity for children that's less fortunate than others are," said Jalesa Bender, a Heidelberg High School senior."

"it's a major ordeal they have helped us out tremendously because it's a great opportunity for us and our class," said Jelisa Paytoe, a Bay Springs High School student.

JCJC officials said there has been a large increase of students from Jasper County. They said they expect those numbers to improve with this  new program. 

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