High School Counselors, please note that HELP Grant supporting documents (grades, ACT Scores, and HELP curriculum certification) are not due until April 30. Only the student’s Mississippi Aid Application (MAAPP) is due March 31 for HELP Grant eligibility.
Students must complete a specific HELP Curriculum in high school to qualify for the HELP grant. Mississippi law requires that completion of the HELP Curriculum must be certified by the high school counselor. Counselors should certify that the student either DID complete the curriculum or DID NOT complete the curriculum.
Three Ways to Certify Completion of the HELP Curriculum:
- Certify the Core for All Students on the High School Grade File: Follow the instructions to prepare the High School Grade File, and be sure to include the HELP curriculum certification (Y = Yes, curriculum complete; N = No, curriculum not completed). Upload the file by clicking the link for the “Secure Document Share Portal” in MAAPP.
- Certify the Core for Individuals: In MAAPP, select a student and open the High School tab to submit updates.
- Certify the Core for HELP Grant Applicants on the State Aid Application Status Report. AFTER the March 31 online application deadline for HELP, log in to MAAPP and select the “Reports” option to generate a report of your students. In the column “HELP CURRICULUM”, replace the word MISSING with the appropriate certification (Y = Yes, curriculum completed; N = No, curriculum not completed). In MAAPP, select “Secure Document Share Portal” to upload the edited report. Note: ONLY the HELP Curriculum Certification can be submitted in this manner. Do not attempt to submit GPA or ACT information using this report.
REQUIRED CPC + 1 – The HELP Curriculum is seventeen and one-half (17-1/2) units of high school coursework that includes the REQUIRED IHL College Preparatory Curriculum (CPC), plus one (1) additional advanced elective unit.
*Note: The IHL Required CPC is changing for incoming freshmen 2022. View the Required IHL CPC for incoming freshmen 2022.