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Rethink Mississippi: College Degrees are Out of Reach for Most Mississippians

June 17th, 2015
June 17, 2015

Mississippi has one of the nation’s lowest rates of higher education attainment and one of the highest rates of student loan default.

Last month, thousands of Mississippi students from across the state graduated from local community colleges and universities, excited about career opportunities and the potential of the future. Undoubtedly, education is MEPC Logoa fundamental asset that significantly impacts an individual’s earning potential and ability to succeed. However, access to higher education remains a major barrier for thousands of working families and their children, particularly in Mississippi. According to the Corporation for Enterprise Development’s (CFED) 2015 Assets & Opportunity Scorecard, a comprehensive assessment of household financial security in the 50 states and the District of Columbia, Mississippi ranks last in education and was one of only seven states that did not see an increase in college degree attainment between 2012 and 2013 (the most recent data available). Mississippi should invest in strengthening the financial aid programs offered to students to give more Mississippians an opportunity to go to college.

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