HELP Grant

HELP GRANT

HIGHER EDUCATION LEGISLATIVE PLAN (HELP)

Program Overview:

Created by the Mississippi Legislature, this program is designed to provide tuition assistance to qualified students whose financial need, as demonstrated by federal student aid eligibility, will not be met with gift aid from other sources. The Mississippi Office of Financial Aid will check your grades and hours to confirm eligibility at the end of every term.

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
  • Have completed a specific high school core curriculum
  • Demonstrate need by completing the FAFSA. See income requirements (see chart)
  • 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

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

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)
  • Have scored a minimum of a 20 on the National ACT
  • Have a minimum of a 50 cumulative college grade point average
  • Have completed a specific high school core curriculum
  • Attend an approved postsecondary institution in Mississippi
  • Meet income limitations
  • Demonstrate need by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Not be in default on a student loan or on any repayment of state awards
  • Enroll and successfully complete at least 15 hours each semester
  • Must be pursuing first certificate, first associate’s degree, or first bachelor’s degree

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.

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