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MSU offers general scholarships to entering freshmen based on:

  • 3.0 grade-point average (overall GPA submitted on the official high school transcript or core GPA calculated by MSU on a 4.0 scale from 9-11 grades)
  • Official ACT/SAT scores submitted directly to MSU
  • Submission of the general scholarship application is required for competitive, leadership and service, and private scholarship consideration. 
  • The Scholarship Committee will begin reviewing Mississippi residents with a minimum of 20 ACT (1030 SAT) and 3.0 GPA. The Committee will review non-residents with a minimum of 22 ACT (1100 SAT) and 3.5 GPA.

Steps to apply for Scholarships at MSU: 

  • Student must be admitted. 
  • Log in to your MyState account using your NetID and NetPassword.
  • On the Banner tab, under the Financial Aid and Scholarships column, click "Submit/Revise General Scholarship Application."
  • A new window will pop up, and you'll need to log in again using your NetID and NetPassword.
    • When you're logging in for the first time, you'll need to complete the general application.
    • Don't forget to click the "Save" button! When you're returning after your first log-in, you'll be able to see your saved information.
  • After you complete and submit your general application, you may have additional opportunities recommended to you based on your test scores, GPA, leadership and service, and applicant record. More opportunities may become available over time, so we encourage you to log in regularly and check your account to see if any additional recommendations appear. 

Students must enroll as a full-time student in the semester in which the award is received. Renewal of scholarships and non-resident scholarships is based on maintaining continuous full-time enrollment and maintaining the required GPA as listed in the scholarship offer. Enrollment and GPA are checked at the end of each spring semester. 

Only National or State Test Date ACT/SAT scores will be considered in determining scholarship awards. The February ACT/SAT of your senior year is the last ACT/SAT to be considered for scholarship purposes. The written portion of the ACT or SAT is not considered for the awarding of scholarships. 

Academic scholarships will be deferred during the work phase for co-op students.

Please note that our scholarship program is reviewed each year and is subject to change. The information provided below is for students entering in the 2020-2021 academic year.

Scholarship Appeals

Academic and non-resident tuition scholarships are rewarded to eligible students for up to eight semesters. The amount of the scholarship is equally divided between the fall and spring semesters. Students must maintain continuous full-time enrollment and maintain the minimum required GPA as listed in the scholarship offer. 

All students have the right to appeal their Scholarship status. Exceptions may be made in cases of mitigating circumstances such as: Death in the immediate family, personal injury, illness, etc, as determined by the Office of Admissions and Scholarships and the University Scholarship Appeals Committee.

The Appeals Committee will meet once a year in June. Students may obtain the appeals form from the Office of Admissions and Scholarships. All appeals must be submitted by June 1. The University Scholarship Appeals Committee has authority over all appeals and its decisions are final.

Non-Resident Tuition Scholarship Reinstatement Opportunity

Non-resident students whose GPA falls below the required minimum 3.0 GPA will have the opportunity to earn back the non-resident tuition grant/scholarship provided the student meets the following requirements:
·         Must successfully bring cumulative GPA back up to an overall 3.0
·         Must maintain continuous, full-time enrollment at MSU during the fall & spring semesters
·         Must have remaining semesters of non-resident tuition grant/scholarship eligibility (each fall/spring semester that a student uses to earn back the non-resident tuition grant/scholarship counts against the total semesters remaining)

Once a student regains an overall 3.0 GPA, it is the student’s responsibility to notify the Scholarship Office for the reinstatement of their non-resident tuition scholarship.

Summer Scholarship Request

Academic and non-resident tuition scholarships are only offered during the fall and spring semesters. Requests to substitute a summer semester for a fall or spring semester must be made through the scholarship office. Students who co-op during the fall/spring semester and/or students who plan to graduate early (with verification from their academic advisor) may request to apply one semester of their scholarship(s) to a summer term by completing a Summer Request Form. Summer Request Forms will be available in the Scholarship Office in May. All other request must be reviewed by the University Scholarship Committee. 

Scholarships for Early Graduates

Academic Scholarships are awarded up to 4 years (8 semesters).  Students who graduate from MSU in less than 4 years (8 semesters) and have academic scholarship semesters remaining, may be eligible to use the remaining academic scholarship for graduate school.  Students must maintain continuous full-time enrollment and maintain the required GPA as listed in the scholarship offer. The student must be admitted to graduate school at MSU and must be enrolled full time in the semester in which the award is received.   The student must contact the Scholarship Office to determine eligibility.