State 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 www.mississippi.edu/financialaid or you can link to the Mississippi application after completing the FAFSA and most of your info will be prefilled. 

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 State Aid website: www.mississippi.edu/financialaid.

 

Mississippi Tuition Assistance Grant (MTAG):

Covers up to $500/year for freshman and sophomores and up to $1000/year for juniors and seniors. Eligibility criteria:

  • 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. Initial eligibility for the student who:

  • Achieves a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5

  • Scores 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.

  • Scores a minimum of 20 on the National ACT

  • Completes a specific high school course curriculum

  • Meets income requirements

  • Deadline: March 31