Gateway to College Application Process

The Gateway to College High School Completion Program is for 16-20 year olds interested in returning to school and completing their high school diploma. While earning their high school diploma, students earn credits toward a college degree. This is a scholarship program, the tuition and book costs are covered for those who are accepted into the program.

Application Steps

Make sure you meet the qualifications and requirements.

If you are a student who needs special education (IEP) services -- please see note at bottom of this page. 

If you still have questions, contact a Gateway to College Resource Specialist at 601.936.5580.


Hinds Community College Gateway to College does not provide Special Education services. It is the responsibility of the school districts to provide Special Education services to students in Gateway to College. Students may apply for support services through the HCC Disability Services Office. HCC Disability Services provides academic support services for students with disabilities, depending on the nature of the disability and availability of services. Students and parents may contact the HCC Disability Services Office for information regarding eligibility and procedures.

  • Step 1: Fill Out A Gateway To College Application Form
  • Step 2: Sign Up And Attend An Information Session
  • Step 3: Attend A 2-Day Evaluation Session
  • Step 4: Participate In An Individual Interview
  • Step 5: Complete/Submit All Required Paperwork

Complete the application with the three required essays (see page four of application for more details.) Bring these materials and your high school transcripts with you to the Information Session.

Reserve a spot at the next Information Session by calling our Gateway to College office at: 601.936.5580. At the two hour information session, you will:

  • Learn more about the expectations and benefits of the Gateway to College program.
  • Take a short reading-level test.
  • Have a chance to ask questions.
  • Have your application materials reviewed to make sure you meet all eligibility requirements
  • Allow us a chance to meet you and learn why you are interested in the program.

If you can't bring all of these pieces of paperwork, fill out the application and show up anyway. We will give you feedback about what you need to do next.

After completing the information session, you will be referred to the evaluation session if you meet the requirements for eligibility. During the evaluation sessions you will take a series of tests which will be used to evaluate your readiness for the program.

At the information session, you will be scheduled for an individual interview. The interviews generally occur within one week after your information session, and are about 30-60 minutes long. Your interview will be one-on-one with a Hinds CC staff member. This gives us an opportunity to get to know you better, and learn more about your strengths and motivations. You will have a chance to ask questions about the program.

Once you have completed the above steps and turned in all other required paperwork (high school transcripts, 3 essays, and application), the selection committee will review your file and determine if you will be accepted into the program. All of this will be fully explained in the initial information session.