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Mississippi Aid

The Mississippi Office of Student Financial Aid (MOSFA) offers scholarships and grants based on merit and financial need to full-time (15 credit hours per semester) students attending eligible Mississippi colleges and universities. The application is available at https://www.msfinancialaid.org/ or you can link to the Mississippi application after completing the FAFSA and most of your info will be prefilled. A tutorial for completing the application can be found on our YouTube channel here.

Applications open October 1 and should be completed by March 31 (the HELP grant deadline). For official information, eligibility requirements, and deadlines, please refer to the Mississippi Aid Application website: https://www.msfinancialaid.org/

 

Mississippi Tuition Assistance Grant (MTAG)

Covers up to $500/year for freshman and sophomores and up to $1000/year for juniors and seniors. More information can be found here. Eligibility criteria:

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

  • Has a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 and a minimum of 15 on the national ACT or equivalent score on the national SAT

  • Is not full PELL Grant eligible

  • Deadline: September 15

Mississippi Eminent Scholars Grant (MESG)

Covers up to $2500/year, but may not exceed tuition and required fees at attending institution. More information can be found here. Eligibility criteria:

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

  • Achieve a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5

  • Score a minimum of 29 on the national ACT or equivalent score on the national SAT or is a National Merit/National Achievement Finalist or Semi-Finalist

  • Deadline: September 15

HELP Grant (Higher Education Legislative Plan) 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 about program eligibility here. Applicants must:

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

  • Score a minimum of 20 on the National ACT

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

  • Complete a specific high school course curriculum

  • Demonstrate need by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and qualifying for a full or partial federal Pell Grant.

  • Meet 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)

  • Online Application Deadline: March 31

  • Supporting Documents Deadline: April 30

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