HELP Grant (Higher Education Legislative Plan) Grant 


The HELP grant covers tuition and fees for no more than 8 semesters at a public institution. Participants attending a private institution in Mississippi will receive an award amount equal to the award of a student attending the nearest comparable Mississippi public institution. More information and initial eligibility criteria for HELP can be found on the Mississippi Office of Student Financial Aid website here.

You should complete your application after October 1 of your senior year and prior to March 31 which is the earliest deadline. For more information, contact MOSFA at 601.432.6997 or 800.327.2980.

The Mississippi Office of Financial Aid will check your grades and hours to confirm eligibility at the end of every term. To receive any state assistance, you must take at least 15 hours each semester (fall/spring).

 

 

Deadlines:

  • Online Application: March 31

  • Supporting Documents (including certified HELP Core Curriculum): April 30

  • The dates are important as the number of awards and recipients are dependent upon available funds. Renewal applicants who apply by the deadline receive priority.

 

Initial Eligibility Requirements for the Graduating High School Senior:

  • Be a legal resident of the State of Mississippi for one year prior to application deadline

  • Have a high school cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.50 on a 4.0 scale

  • Have scored a minimum of a 20 on the National ACT prior to college enrollment

  • Have completed a specific high school core curriculum

  • Demonstrate need by completing the FAFSA. See income requirements (see chart below)

  • Be accepted and enroll in at least 15 hours each semester at an approved postsecondary institution in Mississippi

  • Must be pursuing first certificate, first associate’s degree, or first bachelor’s degree

 

Initial Eligibility Requirements for Students Currently Enrolled in College

  • Be a legal resident of the State of Mississippi for one year prior to application deadline

  • Be within one year of high school graduation (current college freshmen)

  • Met all Initial Eligibility requirements (ACT, GPA, class curriculum) prior to college enrollment

  • Meet income limitations. See chart for income requirements 

  • Demonstrate need by completing the FAFSA

  • Enroll and successfully complete at least 15 hours each semester

 

Income requirements: The combined income for student and parents must be $39,500 annually or less. The average adjusted gross income (AGI) increases by $5,000 for each additional dependent family member under age 21 other than the student:

 

1 $44, 500
2 $49, 500
3 $54, 500
4 $59, 500
5 $64, 500

 

 

Award Amount/Length of Eligibility

  • Tuition and required fees at a public institution

  • Participants attending a private institution will receive an award amount equal to the award of a student attending the nearest comparable public institution.

  • Max 8 semesters (12 trimesters) or bachelor’s degree completion, whichever comes first

  • Students must successfully complete 15 hours each semester.

 

Got questions?

Learn more at https://www.msfinancialaid.org/help/