State Aid Programs

The State of Mississippi offers several scholarship and aid programs to qualified MS residents.  Find out what program you may qualify for and how to apply at riseupms.com/state-aid/.

New State Aid rule changes for the 2017-18 award year.

  • Beginning the Fall 2017 term, undergraduate state grant aid programs are no longer stackable with other state grant aid programs. If a student is eligible for more than one state grant aid program that student will only receive the state grant aid program that has the larger award amount.  Example: a student eligible for MTAG and MESG will only receive MESG, since MESG is offered for $2500 compared to MTAG maximum amount of $1000.
  • Beginning the Fall 2017 term, for all state programs the students eligibility requirements will be reviewed at the end of each semester.

State Aid Eligibility Requirement:

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Beginning with the Fall 2016 term, undergraduate students must enroll in and complete 15 credit hours per semester to maintain eligibility for state aid.  Undergraduate state aid programs that require 15 hours of enrollment are:

What You Should Do:

  • Enroll in and complete at least 15 credit hours every term, beginning with the Fall 2016 term.
  • If you have already registered for Fall 2016, review your schedule.
  • If you have registered for fewer than 15 credit hours, add your additional hours via your student center on SOAR.
  • If you need academic help, see your academic advisor; or help adding classes visit our Student Success website.
  • You need to successfully complete your 15 hours each semester in order to continue to qualify for state aid. Successful completion does not include grades of I, W, or F.

Answers to Common Questions from Students and Parents:

  • Summer hours cannot be added to Fall and/or Spring hours.
  • If enrollment drops below 15 credits before state aid has been disbursed to the student, the aid will be cancelled for that term and the following term.  If enrollment drops below 15 credits after state aid has been disbursed to the student, the aid will be cancelled for the following term.
  • Students should not report their enrollment directly to the Mississippi Office of Student Financial Aid.  Enrollment is reported by the institution on behalf of its students.
  • All credit hours for a given term must be completed at a single institution.  Credit hours cannot be completed at multiple institutions for a single term.
  • Students with fewer than 15 credit hours remaining in the course of study may appeal for an exception for a single term.  Students with 24 or fewer credit hours remaining in the course of study may appeal for an exception for two terms.  Instructions for submitting an appeal is provided below.
  • Students enrolled in certain programs with defined curriculum pathways (lock-step) should NOT apply for individual exceptions.  Each institution will apply for program exceptions to apply to all students in such programs.
  • Exceptions will be made for students in certain majors that require clinical, practicum, or student teaching terms. Each institution is being advised regarding how to report enrollment for such terms.
  • All students, even athletes, will be impacted in the same way.  In order to receive and continue to receive state aid, the student must take and complete 15 hours, regardless of whether or not the student is an athlete or on any other kind of institutional scholarship.

Student Appeals for Individual Exceptions to the 15 Hour Enrollment Requirement:

Students can appeal decisions related to 15 hour, continuous enrollment for certain reasons.

Acceptable Reasons for Appeal:

  • Student undergoes a significant personal event, such as a serious illness, personal injury, divorce, or death of an immediate family member. An immediate family member is defined as a parent, spouse, sibling, or child. (Historically, appeals have not been granted for students with certain learning disabilities.  However, if a student submits an appeal for such a reason and provides compelling documentation from a physician, the appeal will be considered.)
  • Student is nearing degree completion and does not have enough hours remaining to warrant 15 hour enrollment.  Students with fewer than 15 credit hours remaining in the course of study may appeal for an exception for a single term. Students with 24 or fewer credit hours remaining in the course of study may appeal for an exception for two terms.

Steps for Submitting an Appeal:

  • The student should make the appeal in writing.
  • The personal event appeal should be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation.
  • The nearing degree appeal should be accompanied by a letter on institutional letterhead from the appropriate dean, director, or academic advisor.
  • The letter from the faculty/administrator should indicate the number of hours the student needs to complete his/her degree.
  • There is no deadline for appeals from students.  Appeals are received and considered year-round.
  • The appeal and supporting documentation may be mailed, faxed, or emailed to the attention of “Appeals Committee”:

    Mail to: Mississippi Office of Student Financial Aid, 3825 Ridgewood Road, Jackson, MS 39211
    Scan and email to:  sfa@mississippi.edu
    Fax to:  601-432-6527

 

Contact

Mississippi Office of Student Financial Aid

3825 Ridgewood Road | Jackson, MS 39211-6453

1-800-327-2980 (toll-free in Mississippi) or 601-432-6997