Obtain a Counselor PIN
To access the Counselor Center, you must first complete the Counselor Certification and PIN application process. There are two important steps to this process:
Step 1: File a Participation Agreement and Appendix A
File a Participation Agreement and Appendix A, both signed by the public school district superintendent or the private school headmaster, with the Mississippi Office of Student Financial Aid (3825 Ridgewood Road, Jackson, MS 39211).
- The Participation Agreement includes all the legalese needed to ensure the protection of your student’s data. After the initial filing, a new Participation Agreement is required ONLY when the district superintendent or private school headmaster changes.
- The Appendix A authorizes specific individuals to access and share the student data covered in the Participation Agreement. The Office will request an update of Appendix A annually.
Step 2: Complete the Counselor Certification and PIN Application Process
Individual high school counselors, administrators, or teachers authorized in Appendix A must apply for a Counselor PIN by completing the Counselor Certification and PIN Application process through the Counselor Center. Upon completion of the online application form, the counselor will be assigned a Counselor PIN.
- If the school/district has completed Step 1 by submitting the signed Participation Agreement, the PIN will be emailed to the counselor immediately upon completion of the form.
- If the school/district has not completed Step 1 by submitting the signed Participation Agreement, the counselor will see an error message indicating that the Participation Agreement has not been filed. Once the Participation Agreement is received, the PIN will automatically be emailed to the counselor. The counselor will not need to initiate another PIN application.
The Counselor PIN is used to access the Counselor Center.