Message from Dr. Carolyn W. Meyers
August 14th, 2012 by jacksonstate
First I want to thank you all for a wonderful Faculty and Staff Seminar. I’m especially grateful to the planning committee, who worked so hard to make sure we would have a great start to the academic year.
I also want to alert you about a new law that is affecting the federal Pell Grant program. Many of you may be unaware of this significant change in legislation that could have a chilling effect on the enrollment of economically disadvantaged students everywhere, including those enrolled at JSU.
The new law reduces the duration of a student’s eligibility to receive a federal Pell Grant from 18 to 12 semesters (the equivalent of six years). The provision has already had a negative effect on the enrollment of summer students, many of whom were ineligible to receive Pell grants.
Our Enrollment Management staff has been working diligently to make sure this change has a minimal impact on enrollment. Still, we are facing challenges this fall because many of our students have exhausted their Pell eligibility under the new guidelines.
I want to highlight the fact that we need to be ever more vigilant in our efforts to recruit and graduate our students within the six-year window of their Pell eligibility. We want to ensure success for all of our students.
Thank you for your continued work on behalf of Jackson State University and all it represents. I know we’re going to have a great academic year as ONE Jackson State!