State Programs

Several student financial aid programs are offered by the state of Mississippi through the Mississippi Office of Student Financial Aid. Two of the larger programs offered are the Mississippi Tuition Assistance Grant (MTAG) and the Mississippi Eminent Scholars Grant (MESG). These two programs do not require a specific academic major and are available to all Mississippi residents who apply and meet the eligibility requirements. The deadline to apply for both programs is September 15 of each year.

Mississippi Tuition Assistance Grant (MTAG)

Several student financial aid programs are offered by the state of Mississippi through the Mississippi Office of Student Financial Aid. Two of the larger programs offered are the Mississippi Tuition Assistance Grant (MTAG) and the Mississippi Eminent Scholars Grant (MESG). These two programs do not require a specific academic major and are available to all Mississippi residents who apply and meet the eligibility requirements. The deadline to apply for both programs is September 15 of each year.

Mississippi Tuition Assistance Grant (MTAG)

MTAG awards are given up to $500 annually for freshmen and sophomores. In general, students must have a minimum ACT score of 15 and a minimum high school GPA of 2.50 on a 4.0 scale. Students must enroll full time each fall and spring semester and maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA.

Mississippi Eminent Scholars Grant (MESG)

MESG awards are $2,500 annually for up to 2 years (4 semesters). In general, students must have a minimum ACT score of 29 or be a National Merit/Achievement Semi-Finalist and have a minimum high school GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale. Students must enroll full time each fall and spring semester and maintain a minimum 3.5 GPA.

For additional information on these programs and to complete the online application, visit www.riseupms.com. Contact information for the state office is:

Mississippi Office of Student Financial Aid
3825 Ridgewood Road
Jackson, MS 39211
Phone Number: 1-800-327-2980
E-mail: sfa@mississippi.edu
Web Site: www.riseupms.com