Student Financial Assistance

Scholarships

Students can apply for scholarships through the Mississippi Office of Student Financial Aid. However, the Financial Aid Office often receives scholarship applications from outside scholarship contacts. The FAO will post outside scholarship information on the FAO website for students to review.  

International students often have to seek resources from their home country to help pay for expenses at a U.S. college or university. Occasionally, the FAO will receive information regarding scholarship or loan opportunity for students with nonimmigrant visas (F-1, J-1, etc.). We will post any available resources on this page.

State Scholarships

State scholarships are available through the Mississippi Office of Student Financial Aid. For more information call 1-800-327-2980 or visit RiseUp Mississippi. Eligibility for these programs is determined by the Mississippi Office of Student Financial Aid. Please visit https://www.msfinancialaid.org/ for additional requirements and eligibility.

Download and print the full list of state scholarships here.

*Students must be residents of Mississippi to receive state scholarships. 

Undergraduates

Mississippi Eminent Scholars Grant (MESG)

Provide financial aid assistance to Mississippi residents attending state approved public and nonprofit two-year eligible colleges and universities.

Application dates: January 1st to September 15
Document deadline: October 15
Award Amount: Up to $2,500 per academic year, but may not exceed tuition and required fees. May receive grant up to 8 semesters or degree completion which ever comes first.


Mississippi Tuition Assistance Grant (MTAG)

Provide financial aid assistance to Mississippi residents attending state approved public and nonprofit two-year eligible colleges and universities.

Application dates: January 1st to September 15
Document deadline: October 15
Award Amount: Up to $500 per academic year for freshmen and sophomores and $1,000 per academic year for juniors and seniors.


Higher Education Legislative Plan (HELP)

Program 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.

Application Deadline: March 31
Document deadline: April 30
Award Amount: Tuition and required fees at a public institution up to 10 semesters or degree completion, whichever comes first.


 

The State does offer forgivable loan programs for future teachers and nurses. To determine if you qualify for the forgivable loan program, please apply online at www.riseupms.com.

Outside Scholarships

Outside scholarships are scholarships are any scholarship not awarded by the school. These scholarships may be provided by a private sector company, philanthropist, or foundation. The FAO occassionally receives scholarship applications from these individuals. When the FAO receives these scholarships, we will post these for students to review.

Tommy Smith Scholarship

Provide financial aid assistance to a current college/university student or a high school senior that has been accepted into a college/university. Students must write a 500-word essay answering, “If you could start any business while in college or afterward what would it be an why?”

Application deadline: May 31, 2019
Application website: http://tommysmithscholarship.com/
Award Amount: Up to $1,000 will be awarded and sent to the winner’s financial aid department.


Chairish Scholarship

Provide financial aid assistance to a graduating high school senior, college undergraduate, and graduate student. Students majoring in a design-related field such as architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, or engineering will be given preference when awarding. Students must write a 500-word essay describing their ideal future life and how he/she pans to achieve that dream.

Application deadline: January 1st and June 30th
Application website: https://www.chairish.com/pages/scholarship
Award Amount: Up to $2,500 will be awarded and sent to the winner’s financial aid department.


Mometrix Nursing Scholarships

Provide financial aid assistance to a full-time student at a University between 08/01/2019 and 08/01/2020 who is currently enrolled in a nursing program or has received their acceptance letter into their school’s nursing program. The student must write an essay of no more than 2000 characters about what inspired him/her to pursue a degree in nursing.

Application deadline: May 15, 2019
Application website: https://www.mometrix.com/nursingscholarships/
Award Amount: Up to 500 for 1st place and $250 for 2nd place.


MILK United States Student Scholarship

Provide financial aid assistance to one student to cover tuition and fees. To apply, please visit the site below. Students must submit a 150-word essay and/or upload an image to communicate and answer, “What does creativity mean to you?”

Application deadline: May 31, 2019
Application website: https://www.milkbooks.com/scholarship/united-states/
Award Amount: One $3,000 scholarship will be awarded.


Caring.com Scholarship

Provide financial aid assistance to two student-caregivers to help cover the costs of tuition and books. Applicants must be full-time college students at an accredited two-or four year college or university in the U.S., or full-time high school seniors who are registered to attend an institution the following semester.

Application deadline: June 30, 2019
Application website: https://www.caring.com/caregivers/scholarships-for-student-caregivers#the-caring-com-scholarship
Award Amount: Two $1,500 scholarships.

Caring.com also offers several other scholarships throughout the year. To view the other scholarships available, please visit https://www.caring.com/caregivers/scholarships-for-student-caregivers.


The Couponvario Scholarship Program

Provide financial aid assistance to graduating high school seniors or undergraduate students who are between the ages of 16 and 25 and are in good standing. Must be planning to enroll or are currently in a two-or-four year college or vocational school.

Application deadline: October 1, 2019
Application website: https://couponvario.com/scholarship
Award Amount: One non-renewable $1,000 scholarship

International Resources

Rowe Fund

The Rowe Fund program grants interest-free loan to Latin American and Caribbean F-1/J-1 visa holders completing their last two years of undergraduate or graduate studies in the U.S. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Application website: http://www.oas.org/en/rowefund/