News and Updates

NEW Eligibility Requirement:

Take-15

Beginning with the Fall 2016 term, undergraduate students must enroll in and complete 15 credit hours per semester to maintain eligibility for state aid for programs that require full-time enrollment.

Important Updates for the 2016-17 Year

  • No awards will be made to new or renewal applicants for the following forgivable loan and loan repayment programs: Graduate Teacher, Counselor and School Administrator (GTS/CSA), Health Care Professions (HCP), Mississippi Teacher Loan Repayment (MTLR), Nursing Teacher Stipend (NTSP), and Veterinary Medicine for Minorities (VMMP).
  • No awards will be made to new applicants.  Only renewal applicants will be offered additional loan funds for the following forgivable loan programs: Critical Needs Teacher (CNAR/CNTP); Teacher Education Scholars (TES); William Winter Teacher (WWAR/WWTS); Critical Needs Dyslexia Therapy (CNDT); Speech-Language Pathologist (SLPL); Family Protection Specialist Social Worker (SWOR); SREB Doctoral Scholars (SDSP); Nursing Education – BSN, RN to BSN, MSN, RN to MSN, & Ph.D./DNP (NELB, NELR, NELM, NERM & NELP), State Dental Education (DENT), State Medical Education (MED), and Graduate and Professional Degree Programs (STSC).
  • The annual award amount will be decreased for renewal students on the following forgivable loan programs: State Dental Education (DENT), State Medical Education (MED), and Graduate and Professional Degree Programs (STSC).

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.