Higher Education Legislative Plan for Needy Students (HELP)

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Amount
Awarded

$5,535

Awarded

Application Deadline

March 31

Tuesday
Awarded By:

Mississippi Office of Student Financial Aid

Number of Awards & Eligibility: The number of awards offered annually varies based on the number of qualified applicants and the amount of funds available. The MOSFA will make these awards on a first-come, first-served basis; however, priority is given to renewal applicants who complete the renewal process by the deadline.
In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:
  1. This award is for U.S. students.
  2. Must be a graduating high school senior OR be within one year of high school graduation (i.e., a current college freshman).
  3. Must be a legal resident of the state of Mississippi and have resided in Mississippi for the 24 months prior to college enrollment.
  4. Must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  5. Must have an ACT score of 20 or higher.
  6. Must have a combined income for himself/herself and his/her parents of $39,500 or less. The allowable average adjusted gross income increases by $5,000 for each additional dependent family member under the age of 21 other than the student. Detailed information on financial eligibility is available on the MOSFA website.
  7. Must enroll full time.
  8. Must be accepted to or currently attend an approved postsecondary institution in Mississippi. A list of eligible schools is available on the MOSFA website.
  9. Must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.

In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:

Description: This award is available to Mississippi high school students who are going to graduate or who have graduated from high school within the past year and are planning to attend an eligible Mississippi postsecondary institution. Students must have a grade point average of 2.5 or higher and an ACT score of 20 or higher, and must meet certain family income limitations.

Application requirements for the Higher Education Legislative Plan for Needy Students (HELP) are:

  • Application form
  • FAFSA by
  • Proof of residency & household size
  • Official Transcript
Additional Information: Created by the Mississippi Legislature, this program is designed to provide tuition assistance to qualified students whose financial need, as demonstrated by federal student aid eligibility, will not be met with gift aid from other sources. Students must not be in default on a student loan or on any repayment of state awards. Students must be pursuing a first certificate, first associate's degree, or first bachelor's degree.

Award Amount: The award covers tuition and required fees at public institutions. Recipients attending a private institution will receive an award amount equal to the award of a student attending the nearest comparable public institution. Awards are renewable for a maximum of 10 semesters (15 trimesters) or until bachelor's degree completion, whichever comes first.  The total dollars awarded for this scholarship is $5,535.

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Tuesday, March 31

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Tuesday, March 31

Applications are available online from the Mississippi Office of Student Financial Aid (MOSFA) website. In addition to a completed online application, the student must submit the following documentation: proof of one year of Mississippi residency (driver's license and FAFSA preferred); a complete HELP (Household Verification) Worksheet (available on the MOSFA website); and verification of completion of the specific high school core curriculum (high school seniors only). Such students should submit a seven-semester transcript rather than waiting for a final transcript. All students must file the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) to verify financial need. The FAFSA is available online at www.fafsa.ed.gov, at high school guidance offices, and at college financial aid offices. The online application must be submitted by March 31. All supporting documents must be submitted by April 30. Please note: Deadline dates are important as the number of awards and recipients are dependent upon available funds.
Contact: Peggy Sledge
Address: 3825 Ridgewood Road Jackson, Mississippi 39211

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