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Types of Federal and State Financial Aid

MTAG

Mississippi Tuition Assistance Grant is for students that receive less than a full pell grant, have received a standard high school diploma or GED, have a minimum ACT Score of 15, are permanent Mississippi residents, and maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants must complete the MTAG application online at www.riseupms.com/state-aid/. The deadline to apply for MTAG is September 15. You can contact the state office by phone at 1-800-327-2980.

MESG

Mississippi Eminent Scholars Grant is for first time college students that have been recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Program or attended a Home Education Program for grades 9-12; applicants must have a minimum ACT Score of 29 and a minimum GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale which must be maintained as well as apply at www.riseupms.com/state-aid/.

Other Mississippi Grants and Scholarships

You can find out about other grants and scholarships at www.riseupms.com/state-aid/ and by using a search engine to search for scholarships on the Internet.

Help

Higher Education Legislative Plan Created by the Mississippi Legislature, this program is designed to provide tuition assistance to qualified students who demonstrated need as determined by the results of Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Average Family adjusted gross income of $36,500 or less for the prior two years. Applicants must have a minimum ACT Score of 20 and a minimum GPA of 2.50 on a 4.0 scale which must be maintained as well as apply at www.riseupms.com/state-aid/.

WIA

The Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Program at Southwest Mississippi Community College (SMCC) works with the local WIN Job Center and Central MS Planning and Development District (CMPDD). The WIA Program provides an Individual Training Account (ITA) to qualifying students attending approved Career-Technical Programs at SMCC. WIA is based on need and ability; however, it is not an entitlement program. Visit www.smcc.edu/index.php/wia-services for more information.