Mississippi Scholars with No Scholarships by Abbey Lindsay

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The Mississippi Legislature passed a bill that prevents undergraduate college students from receiving more than one college paid grant from the state.

Senate Bill 2956 prevents multiple financial awards to be given to one student, this is called "stacking." The Higher Education Legislative Plan (HELP), this year, has shown an increased number of low-income college ready students in need of financial aid.

The goal of Bill 2956 is to help 430 more undergraduate students a semester to receive financial aid for college.

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The University of Mississippi's students are 45 percent in-state. Mississippi State University's students are 62 percent in-state. According to social media, there is concern if the depletion of stacking would drive students to out-of-state university's with better scholarship offers.

Source: Twitter
Source: Twitter
Source: Twitter

Social media had a field day with their responses over the passing of Bill 2956. Parents, students and government officials each had their own opinion on how to handle the financial grant situation.

"THE PREVENTION OF STACKING WILL AFFECT 3,400 STUDENTS EACH YEAR."

The previous quote is provided by the Mississippi Legislature.

Avery Goggans, from Tupelo, Mississippi, is a freshman at the University of Mississippi.

"It's freakin' ridiculous," said Goggans. "It makes no sense because there are people who worked so hard for some scholarship money and now it's going to be taken away. I mean I put so much effort into making a high ACT score to help my parents financially and now my efforts seem pointless."

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Cole Gandenberger, from Hazlehurst, Mississippi, is a freshman at the University of Mississippi.

"I don't think it's wrong for people to receive multiple stacking scholarships," Gandenberger said. "Now it's just not fair because everybody before us who qualified and received the same scholarships that I currently am receiving, but soon won't be, that they went through college receiving that financial aid and now it's taken away from me and many others. This new bill screws people over that are relying on these scholarships to help pay for college."

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James Clayton "J.C." Pride, from Jackson, Mississippi, is a freshman at the University of Mississippi.

"Although the government is taking away money that they had promised to give me, I can at least rest in that the money will go to other students who need financial help with getting to college," Pride said. "If the money wasn't being shifted around in the education field, then there would be a different response from me."

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