Student Financial Assistance

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the priority deadline for completing the FAFSA to be considered for the maximum financial aid package at Delta State?

The priority deadline for financial aid is March 1; however, students can continue to complete the FAFSA application past this priority deadline.

What is the deadline by which I need to have all of my documentation submitted?

To avoid having classes cancelled from the university’s system, it is important that students submit their required documentation by the preferred deadline of July 31.

What is the difference between a Direct Subsidized loan and a Direct Unsubsidized loan?

Federal Direct Subsidized Loans are “need” based loans which have repayment deferred until after you graduate, withdraw, or enroll less than half-time. Interest is paid by the federal government until the end of the six-month grace period after you drop to less than half-time enrollment.

Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans are “non-need” based loans which have repayment deferred until after you graduate, withdraw, or enroll less than half-time. The interest begins to accrue once the loan is disbursed and you pay all of the interest on the unsubsidized loan. You do have the option to pay the interest while you are in school and during the grace period. However, if you choose not to pay the interest it will accumulate and be added back to the principal amount of your loan at the end of your grace period.

What is the last day to apply for MTAG and MESG?

The deadline to complete the State Aid Application is September 15th. Any additional documents must be submitted by October 15th.

How do I receive financial aid at Delta State if I am a transfer student?

If you are a transfer student to Delta State, have your FAFSA results sent to DSU. To have your FAFSA results sent to DSU, you must add Delta State’s school code to your FAFSA. Delta State’s school code is 002403. Once Delta State receives your FAFSA, you will need to submit any required documentation needed to complete your application.

How do I check to see if I have unmet financial aid requirements?

Once the Financial Aid office receives your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), application status updates for federal student aid can be viewed online by logging into DSU Online Services with your DSU ID/PIN. To determine if there are unmet financial aid requirements:

  1. Go to deltastate.edu.
  2. Click on myDSU
  3. Click on DSU Online Services Log-in
  4. Click on Log-in
  5. Login using your User ID and PIN
  6. Click on the Student Services & Financial Aid Section
  7. Click on Financial Aid
  8. Click on My Eligibility
  9. Click on Student Requirements
  10. Select the Aid Year you want to view from the Drop Down Menu
  11. If there are unsatisfied requirements, it will list the item(s) that need to be submitted to the Financial Aid office.

How do I check my award status online?

  1. Go to deltastate.edu.
  2. Click on myDSU
  3. Click on DSU Online Services Log-in
  4. Click on Log-in
  5. Login using your User ID and PIN
  6. Click on the Student Services & Financial Aid Section
  7. Click on Financial Aid
  8. Click on ‘My Award Information’
  9. Click on ‘Award by Aid Year’
  10. Select the Aid Year you want to view from the Drop Down Menu
    1. The Aid Year is the Academic Year for which you are receiving financial aid.
  11. Click on ‘Award Overview’ for Financial Aid Award Amounts by Term
    1. If a student has been awarded, their fall and spring financial aid amounts will be shown.
  12. If no award information is visible, click on ‘Overall Financial Aid Status’ at the bottom of the page to determine if there are unsatisfied financial aid requirements.
  13. If there are unsatisfied financial aid requirements, click on ‘student requirements’ to receive a list of items that need to be submitted to the Financial Aid office.

What do I do if I have received all of my federal financial aid and still do not have enough money?

The Federal PLUS Loan is an option when other federal aid is not sufficient. The Federal PLUS Loan is for eligible parents to borrow on behalf of their dependent student. If the student has been awarded the maximum in financial aid, the parent can apply for a PLUS loan at www.studentloans.gov.

How do I know if I qualify for Work Study?

When you receive your award letter, it will have Work Study – Pending listed under your financial aid awards for the Fall and Spring semesters. Work Study – Pending means that you qualify for work study. Students must then find a job on campus by either contacting the campus departments or contacting Career Services to determine if there are job postings. Once a student has been hired their supervisor will have them fill out the necessary forms for their work study position.

Please call the Financial Aid Office at 662-846-4670 for questions regarding Work Study eligibility.

When do I get paid for Work Study?

Work Study students who have found a job on campus and have completed the necessary paperwork to be hired are paid on the 15th of each month. Their paychecks are not applied to any outstanding balance that is owed to the school.