Mississippi State Grants And Scholarships

Individuals who want to find out more about Mississippi state grants for school will find this article helpful; while we list many of the more popular grant offerings, we cover the less well known too! Students who are graduate, non-traditional or undergraduate students are all eligible for financial assistance. Except for the Teacher Loan Repayment plan and the Nissan scholarship, all Mississippi state grants are automatically applied for when students fill out their FAFSA applications.

What’s a FAFSA application? FAFSA stands for “Federal Application For Student Aid”, and this application is one of the most critical; it determines your eligibility of the main federal grants as well as many of applicable state grants… as is the case here. This form can be obtained from local schools and colleges, or downloaded and submitted online; we provide instructions on where you can find the form and what to expect here).

Mississippi Tuition Assistance Grant

This grant, known as the MTAG for short, was created by the state’s legislature to ensure that all of Mississippi’s residents can attend post-secondary education programs. Applications for the program run from January 1 to September 15 of every year.

To be eligible, students must be a legal resident of the state for a minimum of one year prior to turning in an application. High school GPA should be at least a 2.5 and students must have at least a 15 on the ACT test. Financial need is determined by the responses students give on their FAFSA reports. If the family has a low EFC, the state of Mississippi will match their federal grant money. The amount may be a maximum of $500 annually during the first two years of college and $1,000 a year for the two years after that. Recipients are only allowed to receive tuition assistance for a maximum of eight semesters in total. If they have previously received a degree, the student is no longer eligible for a tuition assistance grant.

William Winter Teacher and Scholar Loan Program (WWTS)

The WWTS program is intended to get students inspired to become teachers and leaders in Mississippi. The program looks for students who show academic potential and financial need. Mississippi currently faces a teacher shortage and seeks to remedy it by encouraging bright, young students to remain in the state and pursue a future in teaching. Following their education, the student must return to Mississippi’s public schools and teach disadvantaged or low-income students.

Applications for this scholarship and loan program run from January 1 to march 31 every year. Applying as soon as possible is the best way to get ahead on the process. Each award is only made available on a first-come, first-served basis, so the earlier students apply the more likely they will receive money for school.

Each student who receives an award must be a resident within the state of Mississippi and be either a junior or senior in their university. They must show that they are already enrolled in a program and are seeking a Class “A” teaching license. Additionally, students must have at least a 2.5 GPA and submit copies of their scores on the Praxis 1. All parts of the on-line application must be completed before the deadline on March 31 of every year.

Students may receive up to $2,000 a semester for a total of four semesters. After they finish their years of schooling, they will have to complete one year of service for each year of loans they received. If the student does not perform the required service, they must pay back the loan to the state.

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Critical Needs Teacher Loan and Scholarship (CNTP Program)

Another one of the programs that Mississippi uses to encourage teachers to stay in-state is the CNTP program. CNTP is intended for students who have a high degree of academic success and are already enrolled in a teaching program. They must be currently seeking a degree to become a classroom teacher in one of the areas that Mississippi defines as a Critical Shortage subject area.

Students who are interested in the program must have at least a 2.5 GPA and be working on their bachelor degree in Education. They should turn in their application before March 31 and send in their Praxis I results by July 31 at the latest. Like most of Mississippi’s grant programs, the first students who complete all of their paperwork are the first to receive their awards. Since there is a limited amount awarded every year, it is especially vital that students make sure to turn all of their documents in ahead of schedule.

Students who receive the award may not receive any other state aid. THE CNTP award covers the entire cost of tuition as well as room and board. Students who are only part-time will have their award amount pro-rated accordingly. Like the other teaching grant, students must teach for one year to pay off each year that they receive the scholarship. If they do not complete their teaching agreement, they will be forced to pay back the remainder of their unpaid loans with interest.

Mississippi Nursing Teacher Stipend

Students who wish to have a career in nursing are the perfect candidates for this grant. In recent years, Mississippi has experienced a nursing shortage. In response, the state has set up the NTSP grant program to help nurses receive their master’s degree. Once the nurse has attained their graduate degree, they must teach at a nursing school.

Applications for this program end every March 31. Eligible applicants must already have a nursing license from the state of Mississippi, have a 3.0 GPA and be admitted to a School of Nursing. Students must be state residents and be willing to teach in a nursing program after their graduation. Applicants can never have defaulted in the past or currently on an educational loan.

Students may receive a $1,000 a month stipend throughout their degree. Each student must have at least a 3.0 GPA while they are school. After they are done with their degree, the loan can be completely paid off through two years of teaching work at a qualified school.

Mississippi Eminent Scholars (MESG)

The legislature in the state of Mississippi established this grant so that all Mississippi students who showed promise would have the chance to attend a college. Students who are state residents are offered financial assistance to encourage them to complete their degree. Applicants should have a 3.5 GPA, a 29 on the ACT and at least a 1290 on the SAT.

To receive the award, applicants must also be accepted at a qualified school within the state of Mississippi. Once they receive the MESG Grant, students will get up to $2,500 every year as long as they remain eligible. If the student already has a financial aid awarded to them, they may not have more aid money than the cost of tuition and fees. Students can reapply each year on-line for a total of eight semesters of Mississippi state grant money.
Family Protection Scholarship and Social Worker Loan (SWOR)

This program was created in just 20006. The Mississippi State Legislature intended the SWOR program to help all social workers in the state to meet educational goals and requirements. Anyone currently employed is eligible for scholarship money from the state. Students must be accepted at a university, be currently employed at the Department of Human Services and have at least a 2.0 GPA. Applications must be turned in on-line by the due date.

For this program, only juniors or seniors in college are eligible to apply. After they complete school, students must work as social workers or as a family protection specialist for at least three years.

Online resources:

Mississippi State Department of Education


State of Missouri School and College Grants

Residents in Missouri have numerous state grants that they can use to pay for school. Many Missouri state grants are based upon a student`s FAFSA (Federal Application for Student Aid) report. Students can expect to find need-based aid and scholarships that are intended for exceptionally talented or gifted students.

The Federal Application for Student Aid (or FAFSA) is the primary application any student looking to obtain grant funding for school or college must submit in order to be eligible for such grants. It determines eligibility for the main federal grants (Pell and Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants), but is also used for certain state grants as well. Learn where and how to submit your FAFSA here!

A+ Designated Scholarship Funds

Students who attended an A+ high school for at least three years are eligible for extra aid. Students must choose to go to two-year college or a vocational school. Additionally, students must be a United States citizen and have an agreement with their high school prior to graduation. High school student need to do more than 50 hours of unpaid tutoring and have a 95 percent attendance record in high school.

Students who are eligible for the program will receive a scholarship that covers part of their tuition. After all federal aid and other scholarships are subtracted; this grant will pay the remainder of tuition and general fees that are not covered. After the FAFSA is completed each year, students can turn in the scholarship form to the MDHE.

Access Missouri Assistance Program

State of Missouri School and College GrantsThis Missouri state grant program is another one offered to students on a financial need basis. Students must turn in a FAFSA to determine their Expected Family Contribution. Once the EFC has been calculated, students will be automatically made eligible for the Access Missouri Assistance Program.

To be eligible, students must be Missouri residents and have an EFC of less than $12,000. These students cannot be going to school for divinity or theology courses. They must be working on their first degree and be enrolled for full-time credits at a college in Missouri.

Once the student becomes eligible, they may receive up to $4,600 a year at a private institution. Public community colleges and vocational programs receive $300 to $1,000 a year while four-year university students will receive $1,000 to $2,150 annually.

Advanced Placement Incentive Grant

This grant is only available for the duration of one year. It is intended to inspire high school students to perform their best on Advanced Placement tests. Students must receive at least two scores of three or higher on their AP tests. These tests must be in the field of math or science. Once they have achieved this, they must also be eligible for a scholarship award through the A+ Program or the Access Missouri Program. Any student who is eligible will receive a grant of $500 that will go towards the cost of their schooling. Applications for this grant must be turned in by June 1 of every year.

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Missouri Higher Education Scholarship

This scholarship program is intended for the top high school seniors across the entire state of Missouri. Eligible students must be either in the top three percent of the state’s standardized test scores or in the top five percentiles. Additionally, the students must be United States and Missouri residents. Depending on the students test scores, they may receive up to $3,000 a year in grant money.

Minority Teaching Scholarship

Any minority student who is pursuing a degree in education should consider applying for this scholarship. Students must be of African, Hispanic or Native American Heritage. They must show academic potential and be in the top of their class. Students must submit all of the application materials by June 1 of each year to be considered.

Once the student has received the money, it will be considered a loan until their graduation. After they work for five years in a public school, students will have the “loan” turned into a scholarship. If for any reason they do not choose to teach for the full five years, they must repay the loan with a 9.5 percent interest rate tagged onto it. Students can receive up to $3,000 a year towards the cost of their schooling.

Wartime Veteran’s Survivors Grant

Missouri awards grants to the children or spouses of veterans who died in combat. On the list of eligible veterans, any veteran who received an injury during their service or became at least 80 percent disabled is included. Since 2001, Missouri has used this grant program to help out wounded troops and families. The total number of grants awarded in a given year is capped at 25.

Veteran’s children must be under the age of 25 and cannot currently hold a bachelor degree. Whenever the injury or death occurred, the child must have been listed as a dependent of the veteran. After a student is cleared of all eligibility requirements, they may receive the full cost of tuition. The grant also includes room and board of up to $2,000 each semester as well as the cost of books. To apply, students must turn the application that is available on the MDHE website. If they have any questions, they can always call (800) 473-6757 and select option 4.

Environmental Literacy Program

This program is intended primarily for minority and underrepresented individuals in the community. The scholarship has been run by the Missouri Department of Higher Education since July of 2009. Students who seek the Missouri state grant money must pursue an undergraduate or graduate degree in an environmental field. After their application is turned in, they will be interviewed and selected by the Literacy Advisory Committee.

Students who apply for this program must be African-American, Hispanic, Native American, Native Alaskan, Pacific Islanders or Native Hawaiian. They should have at least a 3.0 GPA throughout their high school career and a minimum of a 2.5 in college. Although award amounts change every year, the maximum is normally slightly less than $4,000. Any student who wants the scholarship needs to get three recommendations. One must be from their principal or counselor. They must also write an essay and turn in a copy of their transcripts and resumes. If their application is chosen, they will receive an approval letter. Provided they keep their grades up, the scholarship can be renewed each year that they are in school.

Online resources:

Missouri Department of higher education


Missouri state website