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.  

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

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.


PhotoAspects Annual Business Scholarship

Provide financial aid assistance to part-time and full-time students enrolled in an accredited U.S. high school, college, or University.

Application deadline: December 31, 2018
Application website: https://www.photoaspects.com/scholarship/
Award Amount: Up to $2,000 for 1st place, $1,000 for 1st Runner-up, and $500 for 2nd Runner-up.