Mississippi Scholarships and Financial Aid
Grants, Student Loans, & Fellowships
The Magnolia State has had a long history with integration and education. Today, it is home to 25 public universities and colleges and 10 private colleges. Each university has something to offer students. For example, Jackson State University is located in Jackson, Mississippi, the capital, business center, and metropolitan center of the state. The Mississippi Delta Community College is located in the center of the Mississippi Delta. The University of Mississippi is located in the small town of Oxford, Mississippi, home to William Faulkner, the American novelist. Wherever you choose to earn your post-secondary degree, you can find financial assistance to help you do it. Federal and Mississippi financial aid programs are there to help those who have financial need, and scholarships of all kinds are available to those who do not have enough funding.
Looking For Mississippi Scholarships and Financial Aid
When looking for Mississippi scholarships, keep in mind there are mainly four types of scholarships available to Mississippi students:
- The U.S. Government offers grants and loans to students with financial need.
- Mississippi offers state financial aid in the forms of grants, scholarships, loans, and stipends.
- Individual Mississippi universities and colleges offer scholarships to students admitted to their institutions.
- Other scholarships are available from Mississippi professional organizations and businesses.
Grants and Loans from the U.S. Government for Mississippi Students
Students with financial need, or students who believe they have financial need, can submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid to receive offers of federal financial aid. FAFSA applications are available on January 1, the year prior to the year in which you will need the aid. The national deadline for the FAFSA is June 30 the year in which you need the aid. Mississippi doesn’t have a state deadline for the FAFSA, but it does have deadlines for specific scholarships and grants. If you are applying for the MTAG and MESG Grant (see below), you should submit your application by September 15, and if you are applying for the HELP Scholarship you should submit your FAFSA application by March 31. Your school may have a priority deadline for all other federal aid programs. Check with your financial aid/scholarship office to be sure you don’t miss the deadline.
Mississippi State Financial Aid
Mississippi financial aid comes in two forms: undergraduate programs and graduate programs.
Mississippi State Grants & Loans for Undergraduate Programs
William Winter Teacher Scholarship/Loan This Mississippi scholarship is available to junior or senior college students pursuing a Class “A” teacher license. Applicants must be Mississippi residents and must be able to provide proof of passing the Praxis 1 test. Fill out an online application here. The deadline is March 31.
Summer Developmental Program Grant This Mississippi financial aid program is available to assist students in the Summer Development Program. Applicants must be Mississippi residents and must have financial need. Apply online here and file a FAFSA. Applications are due July 21.
Nursing Education Loan or Scholarship RN to BSN Nurses pursuing their bachelor’s degree at Mississippi post-secondary institutions qualify for this program. Applicants must be juniors or seniors, be residents of Mississippi, and commit to one year of service in Mississippi for every year of aid received. Apply online here. Applications are due March 31.
Nursing Education Loan or Scholarship BSN Junior or senior students pursuing nursing degrees may qualify for this program. Students must commit to one year of service in Mississippi for each year of aid received. Applicants must be Mississippi residents. Apply online here. Applications are due March 31.
Nissan Scholarship This scholarship is provided by Nissan North America, Inc. to high school seniors who are planning to attend a post-secondary institution in Mississippi. To qualify, file a FAFSA and submit a two-hundred-word essay on how your plans for the future and your field of study support the automotive industry in Mississippi. Applicants must have financial need and demonstrate leadership skills. Applications are due March 1.
Mississippi Tuition Assistance Grant Students who are attending accredited public and nonprofit post-secondary institutions may qualify for this Mississippi financial aid program. Applicants must be residents of Mississippi for one year before applying. File a FAFSA and apply online here. Applications are due September 15.
Mississippi Law Enforcement Officers & Firemen Scholarship Children and spouses of police officers, firefighters, and volunteer firefights who died or are permanently disabled in action are eligible to apply for this scholarship, which covers eight semesters of tuition and boarding. Apply online here. The online application is open January 1 to September 15. Paper applications are open year round. See website for details.
Mississippi Eminent Scholars Grant This grant is offered to students who are attending private and nonprofit post-secondary institutions in Mississippi. Applicants must have a 3.5 cumulative GPA. High school seniors need an ACT score of 29 and an SAT score of 1280 to qualify. Apply online here. The online application is due September 15.
Higher Education Legislative Plan This Mississippi financial aid program offers assistance to students whose financial needs are not fully-covered with other aid programs. Applicants must be residents of Mississippi for at least two years before applying. File a FAFSA and apply online here. Deadline is March 31.
Health Care Professions Loan/Scholarship for Undergraduates Juniors and seniors pursuing speech pathology or psychology degrees at post-secondary institutions in Mississippi are eligible for this scholarship. Applicants must be residents of Mississippi. The deadline is march 31.
Gulf Coast Research Lab Minority Summer Grant for Undergraduates Students who are attending the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory Summer Academic Institute and majoring in marine or environmental sciences may be eligible for this program. Only undergraduates who are residents of Mississippi are eligible. Apply online here by March 31.
Family Protection Specialist Social Worker Loan/Scholarship This program supports employees of the Department of Human Services to pursue a social work degree and become licensed social workers and family specialists. Applicants must be college juniors or seniors in a social work program or in a graduate social work program. Apply online here by March 31.
Critical Needs Teacher Loan/Scholarship Mississippi students who wish to pursue a teaching certificate in a critically needed subject may be eligible for this scholarship. Applicants must be at least a junior who is pursuing their first bachelor’s degree. Complete an online here by March 31.
Mississippi State Grants & Loans for Graduate Programs
All graduate programs require applicants to be Mississippi residents. Applicants should apply online by March 31.
Veterinary Medicine Minority Loan Scholarship
Mississippi minority students seeking a Veterinary Medicine degree at Mississippi State University – College of Veterinary Medicine are eligible for this scholarship.
State Family Medicine Education Loan/Scholarship
This program is offered to Mississippi residents who are studying to become physicians.
Graduate Teacher, Counselor, School Administration Loan/Scholarship
This program supports teachers who wish to pursue higher degrees.
Health Care Professions Loan/Scholarship Program for Graduate Students
Mississippi students pursuing careers as Occupational Therapists and Physical Therapists at the University of Mississippi Medical Center are eligible for this scholarship program. Seniors starting graduate school the following year can apply.
Nursing Education Loan/Scholarship Masters
Mississippi students who are continuing their nursing education may be eligible for this scholarship.
Nursing Education Loan/Scholarship Ph.D.
This scholarship program supports nursing students who are pursuing their Ph.D.
Nursing Teacher Stipend
Students continuing to pursue a masters degree in nursing are eligible for this scholarship. The deadline is March 31. Applicants must be residents of Mississippi and have a 3.0 GPA in all previous graduate work.
Nursing Teacher Stipend
Students continuing to pursue a Ph.D. in nursing may be eligible for this program. Applicants must be residents of Mississippi and have a 3.0 GPA in all previous graduate work. Participation in the Nursing Education Loan/Scholarship program is required.
SREB Osteopathy Loan/Scholarship
Mississippi residents who are pursuing osteopathic degrees from an out-of-state school are eligible for this scholarship. Applicants must agree to work in Mississippi once degrees are completed.
SREB Optometry Loan/Scholarship
See SREB Osteopathy Loan/Scholarship. Mississippi residents pursuing optometry degrees from an out-of-state school are eligible for this scholarship.
State Dental Education Loan/Scholarship
Mississippi residents who are admitted to the University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Dentistry are eligible for this scholarship.
Individual Mississippi University and College Scholarships
Mississippi universities and colleges support students by offering individual scholarships. These scholarships are usually offered based on academic achievement, need, special talent, major, ethnic background, or any combination of these things. Most universities and colleges offer merit-based scholarships through their admissions office. All you need to do is apply for admission and you will immediately be considered. Other scholarships, such as those based on special talent or major, may require separate applications. Check with your school’s financial aid/scholarship office for details on the application process for individual scholarships.
Other Mississippi Scholarships
The last type of scholarship is offered by professional organizations and businesses in Mississippi. Here’s a list of some of them:
Mississippi Masonic Scholarship Program
Requirements: Applicants must be residents of Mississippi and have a male family member who is a Master Mason in good standing in a Mississippi Masonic Lodge.
Application: Contact the Scholarship Committee here.
Mississippi Nurses Foundation Scholarship
Award: $500-$6,000 scholarships and stipends
Requirements: Be a nursing student at an accredited nursing school in Mississippi or a nurse pursuing a Master’s Degree in Nursing Education.
Application: Click here to download an application.
Deadline: See individual scholarships.
Mississippi Press Association Education Foundation
Award: Two scholarships ($500 per semester up to $4,000)
Please write to the foundation at MS Press Association, MS Press Services, MPA Education Foundation, 371 Edgewood Terrace, Jackson, MS 39206 for more information, or call (601) 981-3060.
MWFP Foundation Scholarship Program
Award: Three annual scholarships of $1,500 each.
Requirements: Applicants must be residents of Mississippi, be a sophomore or junior, and be studying in a program related to the outdoors or wildlife. An essay is required.
Application: Download an application packet here.
Three Things to Remember When Searching for Mississippi Scholarships and Financial Aid
- Because Mississippi doesn’t have a state deadline for the FAFSA, make sure you are aware of individual university and college deadlines and FAFSA deadlines for specific programs.
- Mississippi provides many graduate and teaching scholarships for students who want to be teachers, doctors, or nurses. Make sure you read them carefully to see if you qualify.
- If you still need more aid after looking into federal, state, and individual university and college scholarships, then you may want to look into outside scholarships. Look locally first before seeking national or state-wide scholarships.
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