Student Financial Assistance

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 www.mississippi.edu/riseupms/financialaid-state.php 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

Critical Needs Alternate Route Teacher Loan/Scholarship Program (CNAR)

Provide education opportunities for students who wish to become classroom teachers and address Mississippi’s teacher shortage by providing a constant source of qualified classroom teachers for our public schools.

Application dates: January 1st to March 31st
Document deadline: Entrance counseling: March 31; Praxis I test results: July 31
Award Amount: Varies


Critical Needs Teacher Loan/Scholarship (CNTP)

Provide education opportunities for students who wish to become classroom teachers and address Mississippi’s teacher shortage by providing a constant source of qualified classroom teachers for our public schools.

Application dates: January 1st to March 31st
Document deadline: Entrance counseling: March 31; Praxis I test results: July 31
Award Amount: Varies


William Winter Alternative Route Teacher Scholar Loan Program (WWAR)

Provide education opportunities for students who wish to become classroom teachers and address Mississippi’s teacher shortage by providing a constant source of qualified classroom teachers for our public schools (For students enrolling in program of study leading to an alternative route teacher license).

Application dates: January 1st to March 31st
Document deadline: March 31; Praxis I test results: July 31
Award Amount: Up to $4,000 per year ($2,000 a semester) for a maximum of 2 years (4 semesters)


William Winter Teacher Scholar/Loan (WWTS)

Provide education opportunities for students who wish to become classroom teachers and address Mississippi’s teacher shortage by providing a constant source of qualified classroom teachers for our public schools.

Application dates: January 1st to March 31st
Document deadline: March 31; Praxis I test results: July 31
Award Amount: Up to $4,000 per year ($2,000 a semester) for a maximum of 2 years (4 semesters)


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.


Nursing Education Loan/Scholarship (NELB)

Provide education opportunities to students who wish to become nurses and address Mississippi’s nursing shortage by providing a constant source of qualified nurses.

Application Deadline: March 31
Document deadlines: March 31, except Letter of Acceptance, which is due July 31
Award Amount: Up to $4,000 per academic year not to exceed two years.


Nursing Education/Loan Scholarship RN to BSN (NELR)

Provide education opportunities to students who wish to upgrade their nursing degree and address Mississippi’s nursing shortage by providing a constant source of qualified nurses.

Application Deadline: March 31
Document deadlines: March 31, except Letter of Acceptance, which is due July 31
Award Amount: Up to $4,000 per academic year not to exceed two years.


Nissan Scholarship

Nissan North America provides scholarship funds for applicants that will attend a Mississippi college or university.

Application dates: January 1st to March 1st
Document deadline: March 1
Award Amount: Each scholarship will be an amount that pays full tuition, required fees, and a book allowance.


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.


Health Care Professions Loan/Scholarship for Undergraduates (HCP-UG)

Provide education opportunities to students who are interested in majoring in speech pathology and psychology and address Mississippi’s health care shortage.

Application Deadline: March 31
Document deadline: March 31, except Enrollment Verification or Letter Acceptance, which is due July 31.
Award Amount: Up to $1,500 per academic year not to exceed 2 years.

Graduates

Graduate Teacher, Counselor, School Administration Loan/Scholarship (GTS)

Designed as an incentive to encourage current licensed classroom teachers in our state’s public schools to pursue an advanced degree in education.

Application dates: January 1st to March 31st
Document deadline: March 31
Award Amount: Selected participants will be eligible to receive reimbursement of $125 per graduate credit hour, not to exceed 12 credit
hours, of successfully completed course work leading to a master’s degree in education.


Nursing Education Loan/Scholarship Masters (NELM)

Provide education opportunities to students who wish to continue their education in nursing. Must seek a master’s degree in nursing at a Mississippi institution of higher learning.

Application dates: January 1st to March 31st
Document deadline: March 31, except Letter of Acceptance, which is due July 31
Award Amount: Up to $4,000 per academic year not to exceed 2 years or $8,000


Nursing Education Loan/Scholarship-RN to MSN (NERM)

Provide education opportunities to students who wish to continue their education in nursing. Must seek a master’s degree in nursing through an approved RN to MSN bridge program at a Mississippi institution of higher learning.

Application dates: January 1st to March 31st
Document deadline: March 31, except Letter of Acceptance, which is due July 31
Award Amount: Up to $4,000 per academic year not to exceed 3 years or $12,000


Nursing Teacher Stipend (NTSP-Masters)

Provide education opportunities to students who wish to continue their education in nursing and teach. Must seek a master’s degree in nursing at a Mississippi institution of higher learning.

Application dates: January 1st to March 31st
Document deadline: March 31, except Letter of Acceptance, which is due July 31
Award Amount: Up to $1,000 per month not to exceed 1 year or $12,000

Undergraduates and Graduates

Family Protection Specialist Social Worker Loan/Scholarship (SWOR)

Established to encourage family protection workers (FPW I or FPW II) currently employed by the Department of Human Services to obtain college education.

Application deadline: March 31
Award Amount: Each scholarship will be an amount not exceeding the highest tuition and required fees at a state institution of higher
learning for a maximum of 2 annual awards.

General Scholarships

Mississippi Law Enforcement Officers & Firemen Scholarship

Program offers financial assistance to dependent children and spouses of any Mississippi law enforcement, full-time firefighter or volunteer firefighter who has suffered fatal injuries or wounds or become permanently and totally disabled as a result of injuries or wounds occurred in the performance of the official and appointed duties of their office.

Application deadline: open Online Application: January 1st to September 15th
Award Amount: Funds cover the cost of tuition, including required fees, and the average cost of campus housing at any state-supported
college or university within the state of Mississippi. Funding cannot exceed 8 semesters or until child recipient reaches the age of 23 on first
day of semester.