Pay for College
Financial Aid

There are many sources of aid for students. Some are sponsored by the Federal Government, others by the State of Mississippi, business organizations, and other private sources.

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Important Dates

Applying for financial aid? Below are the dates you’ll need to know. If you don’t meet the deadlines, that may result in you having to pay your tuition and fees out of pocket.
October 1
Begin Financial Aid Application Process for the following year
April 1
Priority Deadline For Federal College Work-Study, and Leveraging Educational Assistance Program
July 1
Official Financial Aid Award Year Begins

Dual Enrollment/Dual Credit (DEDC) Scholarship Program

Federal Resources


Use the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form to apply for financial aid for college or graduate school.

PELL Grants

Federal Pell Grants usually are awarded only to undergraduate students who display exceptional financial need and have not earned a bachelor's, graduate, or professional degree.

Student Loans

Both federal and private student loans are borrowed funds that you must repay with interest, but federal student loans usually offer lower interest rates and have more flexible repayment terms and options than private student loans.

Service Grants

Like other federal grants, Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grants provide money to college or career school students to help pay their education expenses. However, Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grants have special eligibility criteria.

FSEOG Grants

A Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) is a grant for undergraduate students with exceptional financial need.

Federal Work-Study

Federal Work-Study provides part-time jobs for undergraduate and graduate students with financial needs, allowing them to earn money to help pay education expenses. The program encourages community service work and work related to the student’s course of study.