Significant Changes to the State Aid Programs for 2017-2018

The Mississippi Office of Student Financial Aid has made significant changes to state grants for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Multiple State Grants eliminated:

Beginning with the fall 2017 semester, all eligible 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 the Higher Education Legislative Plan for Needy Students Grant (HELP) and MTAG will receive HELP only.

The state grants that will no longer allow multiple awards include: MTAG, MESG, HELP, LAW and Nissan.

GPA Requirements:

Also beginning with the fall 2017 term, academic eligibility will be reviewed at the end of EACH semester, for ALL state aid programs. Students now must establish and maintain the required GPA each semester to continue to receive state aid, otherwise they would lose eligibility for the next semester. 

Full-time Enrollment:

Students are still required to enroll in and earn at least 15 credit hours to maintain eligibility for state funds (this does NOT apply towards federal aid {grants/loans} or MSU scholarships). Students who complete 15 credit hours but do not earn 15 credit hours (because of failing grade, dropped class, audited course, withdrawal hours) will lose eligibility for the next semester.


Beginning with the 2017-2018 academic year, only students with 6-14 credit hours remaining may appeal for an exception for a single term. No appeal will be accepted and no aid will be disbursed for any semester carrying less than 6 credit hours. Please click here for information on how to appeal the 15 credit hours. 

If you have any questions, please call the Mississippi Office of Student Financial at: 601-432-6997 or 800-327-2980 (toll-free)

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