News and Updates

Updates for the 2017-18 Year

Beginning with the Fall 2017 term, all undergraduate students will receive state grant aid through only one state grant program.  Students who were previously eligible for aid through multiple programs will be awarded through the single program that awards the largest amount. Therefore, students eligible for both the Mississippi Eminent Scholars Grant (MESG) and the Mississippi Resident Tuition Assistance Grant (MTAG) will receive MESG only.  Similarly, students eligible for both the Higher Education Legislative Plan for Needy Students Grant (HELP) and MTAG will receive HELP only.

Also beginning with the Fall 2017 term, academic eligibility for all graduate and undergraduate programs will be reviewed at the end of every term, not only at the end of the academic year.  Students must establish and maintain the required cumulative GPA every term to continue to receive state aid.  A 3.5 cumulative GPA is required for continued receipt of MESG, and a 2.5 cumulative GPA is required for continued receipt of HELP.  For other programs, check the specific program rules. (The Mississippi Office of Student Financial Aid does not calculate GPAs, but accepts the GPA reported by the attending institution.)

Updates for the 2016-17 Year

Take-15

Undergraduate students must enroll in and earn (complete with a passing grade) 15 credit hours per semester to maintain eligibility for state aid for programs that require full-time enrollment.

Phone Call Scam:

A scam has been reported to the state financial aid office.  A person calling from a 432 area code pretends to be a state financial aid advisor asking for a debit card number.  The state financial aid office will never contact a student to request debit or credit card information.