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Grants are federal aid that, unlike loans, do not have to be paid back as long as you are enrolled more than 60 percent of the semester. They are given based on financial need determined by questions you answer on the FAFSA. Below are listed some of the types of grants you can receive while attending Northwest.

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Federal Pell Grant
This grant is available to any student working on his or her first undergraduate degree. Amount awarded is determined by information provided on the FAFSA and is based on the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and the number of hours the student is enrolled. The current maximum award is $6,345.

Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
FSEOG is awarded to the student with exceptional financial need or the lowest EFC. Priority is given to students who receive Federal Pell Grants. There is no application for this grant. Grant size varies, but it typically ranges from $100-$4,000 per year.

State Grants
There are a few grants specifically for residents of Mississippi. These are grants awarded by the state and do not have to be paid back. It’s a good idea to apply well in advance of the listed deadline. The requirements listed should not be considered as the only requirements for participation in these programs. All dates are subject to change.

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Mississippi Resident Tuition Assistance Grant (MTAG)

  • Freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior
  • Resident of Mississippi
  • Enrolled in and successfully complete 15 hours
  • Attend an eligible Mississippi college or university
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5 and ACT of 15 or SAT of 720
  • This grant covers up to $500 per year for freshmen and sophomores

Mississippi Eminent Scholars Grant (MESG)

  • Resident of Mississippi
  • Achieved a GPA of 3.5 after a minimum of seven semesters in high school
  • Scored 29 on the ACT or 1280 on the SAT, or is a National Merit/Achievement Scholar
  • Enrolled in and successfully complete 15 hours at an eligible Mississippi college or university
  • This grant covers up to $2,500 per year

Higher Education Legislative Plan (HELP)

  • Freshman or sophomore who graduated from high school within the immediate past two years
  • Resident of Mississippi
  • Demonstrates need as determined by the results of the FAFSA
  • Documents an average family adjusted gross income of $39,500 or less over the prior two years
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5 and a 20 ACT score
  • Meets a specific high school core curriculum
  • Enrolled full time (enrolled in and successfully complete 15 hours)
  • HELP covers tuition and requirements for no more than 10 semesters

Mississippi County Grants
There are some grants available from the MS counties. More...