State Financial Aid for Undergraduates
The state funds three merit-based grant programs: the Mississippi Resident Tuition Assistance Grant, Mississippi Eminent Scholars Grant, and the Higher Education Legislative Plan for Needy Students (HELP). Students may qualify for the Resident Tuition Assistance Grant with a minimum high school GPA of 2.5 and ACT Composite score of 15 or higher (810 SAT). The maximum award is $500 for freshmen and sophomores and $1,000 for juniors and seniors.
National Merit Finalist and Semifinalists may qualify for the Eminent Scholars Grant with a minimum high school GPA of 3.5 and ACT Composite score of 29 or higher (1350 SAT). The maximum award is $2,500 per academic year.
Students may qualify for the HELP Grant if they demonstrate financial need, graduate with a minimum high school GPA of 2.5, and produce a minimum ACT Composite score of 20 (1020 SAT). The standard award covers tuition and fees at public institutions.
All three grant programs require the completion of 15 credits per semester and the maintenance of initial GPA requirements.
Mississippi Senate Bill 2956 (2017) allows students to receive only one state grant starting in fall 2017. Also, the act requires the review of continuing eligibility every semester, instead of at the end of each academic year.