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Financial Aid Information - FAFSA & MS State Aid

ATTENTION SENIORS AND SENIOR PARENTS!!

 

FAFSA

Did you know that you may qualify for FREE money for college? All you have to do is complete the FAFSA and the Mississippi State Financial Aid Application. The FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid that allows students to apply for the Pell Grant, Work-Study, and loans. The MS Financial Aid Application allows students to apply for MTAG, MESG, and the HELP Grant.

Every year, almost three billion dollars go unclaimed simply because students and parents do not complete the FAFSA. There are even some schools that won't distribute other scholarship funds without a completed FAFSA on file, so be sure to complete the application by the March 31st deadline!!

Remember, the FAFSA does not obligate you to accept any financial aid that you do not want (this includes loans). Instead, the FAFSA helps determine your eligibility for money from the State of Mississippi, some colleges and universities, and even some private scholarship funds! 

To complete the FAFSA, please click the link below, create an FSA ID, and complete the application. If you need assistance, you may either contact your child's counselor or schedule a private appointment with Get2College at 601-321-5532.

Brandon High School will also be hosting FAFSA Days this Fall. Please use the following links to make your appointment! Appointments are first come, first serve:

Wednesday, October 13th: 8am-4pm
Thursday, October 14th: 8am-4pm

CLick here to go to the fafsa website

MS STATE AID

The Mississippi Office of Student Financial Aid offers scholarships and grants based on merit and financial need to full-time (15 credit hours per semester) students attending eligible Mississippi colleges and universities. The application is available at https://www.msfinancialaid.org/ or you can link to the Mississippi application after completing the FAFSA and most of your info will be pre-filled. 

Applications open October 1 and should be completed by the grant's deadlines (March 31 for HELP and the following September 15 for MTAG and MESG). For official information, eligibility requirements, and deadlines, please refer to the Mississippi Aid Application website: https://www.msfinancialaid.org/

The Mississippi Office of Student Financial Aid does accept ACT superscores. You can read more about their superscore requirements here.

AID REQUIREMENT AMOUNT
MTAG

Legal resident of MS for at least one year

2.5 GPA and 15 Composite ACT

NOT full Pell Grant Eligible

$500/year for freshmen and sophomore years

$1,000/year for junior and senior years

MESG

Legal resident of MS for at least one year

3.5 GPA and 29 Composite ACT or equivalent score on the national SAT or National Merit/National Achievement Finalist or Semi-Finalist

$2,500/year, but may not exceed tuition and required fees
HELP GRANT

Legal resident of MS for at least one year

2.5 GPA and 20 Composite ACT

Complete a specific high school course curriculum

Complete the FAFSA and qualify for a full or partial Pell Grant

Meet income requirements

Complete the online application prior to March 31st of the student's senior year

Covers tuition and fees for no more than 8 semesters (4 years) at a public institution. Participants attending a private institution in MS will receive an award amount equal to the award fo a student attending the nearest comparable MS public institution

 

Click here to go to the MS STATE AID website