University description (as per official university website)
In just more than 60 years, Panola College has grown in both size and in the scope of its services offered to its students and its community. The school, which was established in 1947, was created to provide young people with the opportunity to earn the first two years of a traditional baccalaureate. The services the College offers have expanded greatly to meet community needs, providing a wide range of educational and training opportunities to citizens of all ages.
The College began operating temporary buildings before the first two permanent buildings were erected in 1949. A 35-acre campus at the junction of Texas state Highway 315 and U.S. 79 in Carthage has been the school's home since its inception. There are now nineteen permanent buildings with more than 135 acres available for expansion in the coming century.
In addition to a comprehensive community college in Carthage, the school offers a variety of instructional opportunities in a four-county service area including Harrison, Marion, and Shelby counties. These three counties became part of the college's official service area by legislative act in 1995.
Enrollment at the College has grown from fewer than 100 students at the first registration in January of 1948 to over 1,800. The College provides many services which enrich the lives of individuals in the region.
In 1998 Panola College requested authority to offer distance learning classes and presently offers distance learning via Interactive Television and the Internet.
The purpose of the M. P. Baker Library of Panola College is to be an academic Learning Resource Center for the students and faculty of the College, as the LRC staff strives to offer resources and services, when and where they are needed, to enhance the development of the whole student, and to offer opportunities for students to become life long learners.
The LRC supports the further achievement of the mission and the goals formulated by this institution. This LRC staff endeavors to provide the most efficacious match of services and resources to satisfy the needs of its users. To this end, the M. P. Baker Library Staff will strive:
To insure that adequate library and learning resource services are available to all faculty members and enrolled students.
To select, purchase and maintain quality materials that are relevant to the curriculum and user needs.
To make library materials accessible and available to students and faculty.
To provide an orientation program and reference services that empower Panola College library users to access bibliographic information and other learning resources, in order to become long life learners.
To provide a well organized collection, adequate physical facilities, modern equipment in good condition, interlibrary loan service and an efficient and appropriate circulation system.
For all librarians, teaching faculty and students to share in the development of the collection.
To incorporate technological advances into the library and other learning resource operations.
To hire adequately trained library professionals and staff.
1. Provide TSI (Texas Success Initiative) scores or present proof of exemption from TSI .
2. Arrange for high school transcript, GED scores, and college transcripts to be sent to the Admissions/Records Office. Students are responsible for requesting their official records from the issuing institution.
3. Complete and submit the Two-Year Common Application for Admission.
4. Return all admissions documents to the Admissions/Records Office. Refer to chart below for specifics.
5. Correspondence regarding admissions should be addressed to: Admissions/Records Office, 1109 W Panola, Carthage, TX 75633
Instructions for filing for financial aid at Panola College
1. Apply for a PIN number from the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) - www.pin.ed.gov. Dependent students (as determined by the USDOE) and one parent will need a PIN number.
2. File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) - www.fafsa.ed.gov
The FAFSA can be electronically signed by using the PIN number(s) from step #1. Previous year tax return and W-2 forms will be needed to complete the FAFSA. The school code for Panola College is 003600.
3. Complete the Panola College Financial Aid Information Sheet. (See link below.)
4. Complete the Panola College Financial Aid Verification Worksheet. (See link below.)
After the FAFSA has been processed and received by Panola College, the Financial Aid Office will notify each student if there are any additional forms needed.
A student's high school transcript or GED test scores must be on file at Panola College before any Federal or State aid will be transmitted.
Policy on Return to Title IV (R2T4) - The U. S. Department of Education (USDOE) requires schools to calculate a R2T4 for students that stop attending class, or totally withdraw before the 60% point of the semester. This could result in the school having to refund federal funds (i.e. Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant) to the USDOE. The student is then responsible for paying the school the amount that was refunded.