Financial Aid

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According to Google, financial aid can be defined as “aid that assists students and their families in paying for their college education.  This financial assistance covers educational expenses including tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, and transportation which spans over several types of financial aid including grants, scholarships, work study, and loans.”   The only way to get financial aid is to apply.  This can be done by filling out and completing what is known as the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) which is the application used by colleges and universities to help determine eligibility for federal, state, and college-sponsored financial aid.  Once applied for, Mississippi residents can apply for state specific aid.  The most popular types of aid for Mississippi residents would be the Mississippi Tuition Assistance Grant (MTAG) and Mississippi Eminent Scholars Grant (MESG).   According to, qualifications for the Mississippi Eminent Scholars grant are that entering full-time freshmen have a GPA of 3.50 or higher on a 4.0 scale, have obtained a minimum ACT score of 29, and must be planning to pursue a first certificate, first associate or first bachelor’s degree.  Those students will receive $2,500.00 per academic year up to 8 semesters (12 trimesters) or degree completion.  Qualifications for Mississippi Tuition Assistance Grant (MTAG) are that students must be a legal resident of the State of Mississippi for one year prior to application, have a minimum high school cumulative GPA of 2.50 on a 4.0 scale or GED, have a minimum ACT score of 15, be enrolled full-time, and must be pursing first certificate, first associate, or first bachelor’s degree.  Students will receive up to $500 per academic year for freshmen and sophomores and $1,000 per academic year for juniors and seniors.  Deadlines for both application dates are January 1- September 15.

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