FAQs

Who is eligible for ACCESS?

ACCESS is a 4 year, non-degree seeking program that serves students with IDD (Intellectual or development disabilities).

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Why are tuition and fees more expensive than regular Mississippi State University tuition?

ACCESS is a business model program and receives no outside funding. The students that are enrolled in our program are provided an abundance of support and resources, but unfortunately, those come with additional costs. In addition to the support of the ACCESS staff, Graduate Assistants, Peer Mentors, and MSU staff/faculty, a one-on-one College Coach is also provided to each ACCESS student.

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Are ACCESS students eligible for Financial Aid?

MSU ACCESS is certified by the Board of Education as a Comprehensive Transition and Post-Secondary (CTP) program. As a result, students are now eligible to apply for Financial Aid. To apply, visit www.fafsa.ed.gov. For questions, call the Financial Aid office at 662.325.2450.

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Can a student attend ACCESS if he/she is still enrolled in high school?

No, students must have completed high school with either a certificate of completion, occupational diploma, or traditional high school diploma.

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How do I apply for ACCESS?

The application window for ACCESS is opened from late fall to early spring. Each completed application will be closely reviewed by the ACCESS staff. We will invite a number of applicants and their families to Mississippi State to interview with ACCESS. Upon completion of interviews, students who align with the program are selected to attend. We recommend that you check our website or follow us on social media to stay current on upcoming events.

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How can I follow you on social media?

You can follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MSUACCESS/ and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ACCESS_MSU .

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Do you accept out-of-state students?

Mississippi students are given priority, but ACCESS does accept out-of-state students. At this time, out-of-state tuition is waived.

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What reading and math levels should my child be at to be applicable for ACCESS?

Students should have functional reading and math skills.

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What skills should my child have before attending ACCESS?

As your family prepares to send your child to ACCESS, we suggest working on the following skills:

  • Personal Hygiene – showering, shaving, brushing teeth, applying deodorant, cutting finger and toe nails
  • Morning and Evening Routines
  • Laundry
  • Administering Medications
  • Housekeeping
  • Sending and Receiving Texts

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Do ACCESS students live in designated dorms?

ACCESS students are assigned to residence halls on both sides of campus where they live alongside other university students.

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Will my child be safe living on-campus?

While ACCESS offers a large support staff to include roles which assist in the classroom, employment settings, and residential units as well as volunteers, there will be times when students are unsupervised on campus and in their housing units. Therefore, a basic level of independence, self-sufficiency, understanding of personal safety, and openness to learning is expected for a student to be admissible into ACCESS.

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Can ACCESS students live at home and attend as a day student only?

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Can a student begin classes in January?

No, we only admit freshmen students for the fall semester beginning in August.

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How can I make a contribution to ACCESS?

Please visit http://access.msstate.edu/giving/

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