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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 pre-filled. A tutorial for completing the application can be found on our YouTube channel here.

Applications open October 1 and should be completed by the grant's deadlines (March 31 for HELP and the following September 15 for MTAG and MESG). For official information, eligibility requirements, and deadlines, please refer to the Mississippi Aid Application website: https://www.msfinancialaid.org/

The Mississippi Office of Student Financial Aid does accept ACT superscores. You can read more about their superscore requirements here.

 

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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