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 msfinancialaid.org/.
State Aid Eligibility Requirement:
All state programs student eligibility requirements will be reviewed at the end of
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.
Undergraduate students must enroll in and complete 15 credit hours per semester to
maintain eligibility for state aid.
What You Should Do:
- Enroll in and complete at least 15 credit hours every term, beginning with the Fall
- If you have already registered for Fall, 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
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
- 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
- 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
Student Appeals for Individual Exceptions to the 15 Hour Enrollment Requirement:
Students can appeal decisions related to 15 hour, continuous enrollment for certain
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
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
- 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,
Scan and email to: email@example.com
Fax to: 601-432-6527
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
State Aid Opportunities for Students Who are not MS Residents
Almost every state education agency has at least one grant or scholarship available
to residents, and many have a long list of student aid programs. Eligibility is usually
restricted to state residents attending a college in-state, but that's not always
the case. You can visit https://www.nasfaa.org/state_financial_aid_programs