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Financial Aid

Financial aid for college generally comes from four sources:

  • Federal financial aid
  • State financial aid
  • Institutional scholarships
  • Private scholarships

Scholarships and grants are usually not required to be repaid (as long as the terms of the grant or scholarship are met by the students), but loans are repaid.  For information on institutional and private agency scholarships, please visit the Scholarship page.

The first step to all financial aid is the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) application.  Most colleges and universities require students to complete the FAFSA before they can receive institutional scholarships. 

This page is dedicated to Government financial aid

First You Hafta FAFSA!

FAFSA US Department of Education Federal Student AidThe FAFSA application is the gateway to the Pell Grant, federal student loans, and federal work-study programs.  Click on the FAFSA logo.


US News: 10 Common Mistakes Made on the FAFSA
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5 Things to Do After the FAFSA

This article will help guide you after you complete the FAFSA.  Click on the title to read article title.


US News:  FAFSA Verification--What to Do If You're Selected  
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Swift Student from FormSwiftNeed to appeal a financial aid decision?  Swift Student offers free help.  Click on the logo


Mississippi Office of Financial AidMississippi Office of Financial Aid assists qualifying students with college funding through MTAG, MESG, and HELP Grant.  Click on the logo.


Sallie Mae logo

Click on the Sallie Mae logo for helpful resources on college planning, paying for college, FAFSA tips, comparing financial aid offers, and so much more.