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College & Career Readiness (Enrichment Courses)

  • ACCESS Online gives any student (no matter their academic level or disability) an opportunity to join the Bulldog family by enrolling in our college and career readiness enrichment courses.
  • These courses are given through Mississippi State’s online platform called Canvas and are developed to help students improve their functional life skills, increase independence, and develop self-advocacy skills
  • All of the online courses are self-paced with weekly deadlines, taught by certified online education ACCESS instructors, and developed for students ages 14 to adulthood.

Registration Open to All:

  • No admission requirements or criteria to register and enroll
  • Courses are offered in conjunction with MSU fall, spring, & summer semesters
  • $40 registration fee required at time of registration then tuition and additional fees charged based on the number of enrolled courses which will be billed after course enrollment

Additional Information:

If you would like additional information regarding ACCESS Online, please feel free to contact Stacy Jackson at or by calling 662-546-0755. 

Summer 2022 Courses: June 2- August 1, 2022

  • DSS 0113: Practical Money Skills
  • DSS 0713: Career Exploration
  • DSS 0133: Money Management
  • DSS 0733: Maintaining Employment
  • DSS 0153: Financial Literacy

Fall 2022 Courses: August 22- November 20, 2022

  • DSS 0113: Practical Money Skills
  • DSS 0713: Career Exploration
  • DSS 0133: Money Management
  • DSS 0733: Maintaining Employment
  • DSS 0153: Financial Literacy

Students can decide which course(s) they would like to take. Practical Money Skills and/or Career Exploration are excellent beginner courses for ACCESS Online students, but students/families are welcome to decide which course is the best fit. 

ACCESS Online Frequently Asked Questions

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      Do students have to meet specific criteria to be able to register and enroll in ACCESS Online??

      No, all students (no matter their academic level or disability) are able to register and enroll. To begin registration, please email and Stacy can assist.

      What days and times do classes meet?

      Classes will be asynchronous; students will complete courses at their own pace but are required to meet weekly deadlines. Students will participate in chats and discussion boards via videos or messaging. The ACCESS instructor will hold weekly office hours to meet with students and families or will meet by appointment.

      Is there an age requirement for the class?

      No, there is not an age requirement. We recommend these courses for students who are age 14 to adulthood.

      What is the cost of an ACCESS online course?

      Estimated Costs Per Semester:

      There are options for full financial sponsorship for ACCESS Online courses through MDRS. If you are a Mississippi resident, consider becoming an MDRS client at or contact your MDRS counselor to find out more.

      Estimated Self-Pay Costs:

      • Distance Fee = $100 Per Semester Hour
      • Instructional Support Fee = $25 Per Semester Hour
      • Tuition and Required Fees / Undergraduate (T&RF UG) - Distance = $366.75/semester hours

      Totals vary by semester, so please request specific semester costs by emailing Cost and fees are determined by MSU's official course costs given by the MSU Office of Controller and Treasure. Each course is 3 semester hours equivalent to 45 hours of instructional time. There is a one-time $40 registration fee the first semester at registration

      What types of technology and devices will I need to be successful in an online course?

      Required Technology:

      In these courses, you will be using a computer to complete self-paced assignments, discussions, quizzes, viewing lectures, etc. You will need internet access and appropriate software to participate in the course. Here is the link to a free download of Microsoft Office for Mississippi State students.

      Students will be required to use Canvas to access rubrics and supplemental course materials, including PowerPoints (no textbook is required). Students will also be required to submit coursework using Canvas.  Internet access will be necessary to receive course content and complete activities and assignments. Google Chrome is the recommended browser for Canvas and can be downloaded by clicking Google Chrome Browser to download and install.

      Optional materials include:

      • An organizational system such as a folder or location specifically designated to store notes or materials for this course
      • A pen, pencil, and/or highlighter
      • Basic calculator (you can use the one on your cellphone if preferred)
      • Cell phone/Canvas app for your phone
      • Printer


      What academic levels are required for ACCESS Online courses?

      • There are no required academic levels. Students below a 2nd-grade reading and math level may need more assistance from a support person.
      • Students will need to navigate Canvas and the internet, so if they have difficulty with this, additional support may need to be provided. As students learn the routine each week, they usually need less help navigating the course(s) and the internet after week 2 or 3.
      • It is estimated that students will need to commit at least 3 hours per week to these self-paced courses.

      What kind of support is expected when enrolling in ACCESS Online courses?

      It is recommended that students have a support person at home or school (family, friends, teacher, aid, peer mentor).  If the student is lower than a 2nd-grade level this support may need to be more consistent, but generally support can be tapered as the student becomes more comfortable because the courses are designed to have built-in support and consistency. Virtual Office Hours and meetings by appointment are offered by the instructor.  We promote self-advocacy by encouraging students to email (practice formatting/email etiquette practice. A work phone number is available for situations when a phone call is needed

      Will these courses count as credit hours towards a degree?

      No, these courses are non-credit-bearing hours. They are 3 semester hours equivalent to 45 hours of instructional time and designed for personal enrichment and growth. The courses are non-transferable towards our ACCESS On-Campus program if a student were to apply and be accepted.

      How are courses designed?

      Our ACCESS Online courses are enrichment courses designed to give students opportunities to grow their life skills and independence. Each week is consistent and easy to follow. Course content is published in Canvas each week and the student can work at their own pace to complete the coursework.  Virtual Office Hours are available for students to meet with ACCESS staff to discuss questions, problems, or for socialization with classmates/instructor. For more information regarding course design or content please contact Stacy Jackson. 662-546-0755 

      Is financial assistance available for ACCESS online courses?

      There are options for full financial sponsorship for ACCESS Online courses through MDRS. If you are a Mississippi resident, consider becoming an MDRS client at or contact your MDRS counselor to find out more.


      Who do I contact for assistance?

      Please contact Stacy Jackson at or 662-546-0755.