Mississippi State announces additional ‘gap’ scholarship for summer students

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STARKVILLE, Miss. (WJTV) – Mississippi State University announced additional scholarship funds for eligible students who are enrolling in summer terms.

MSU Director of Financial Aid Paul McKinney said the university has a limited amount of funding available to help full Pell Grant eligible students attend summer school with their tuition and capital improvement fees covered 100%.

Mississippi State University’s summer 2020 classes all will take place online to help students stay on their academic paths despite the COVID-19 pandemic. MSU summer terms include Maymester [May 6-29], First Term [June 1-29], Second Term [July 6-August 4], as well as a Summer Ten Week Term, [June 1-August 4].

McKinney said the scholarship program is a “gap fill” that awards the difference between a student’s tuition/capital improvement fee charges minus their Pell and Student Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) awards. He explained that awards will be made until the program funding is fully utilized.

“If students still have a balance owed after their Pell and SEOG grants are applied, we will cover it with this scholarship while funds are available,” McKinney said.

He emphasized that while there is no application that needs to be completed, students must meet all of the following requirements to be eligible to participate in the scholarship program:

  • Complete the 2019-20 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Have a zero Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as determined on the FAFSA 
  • Be an undergraduate student who is eligible and is paid a Pell Grant for the summer term based on a zero EFC and is enrolled in at least three credit hours
  • Meet the Satisfactory Academic Standards (SAP) requirements established for all MSU students receiving federal aid
  • Student awards are made to both in-state and out-of-state students
  • Athletic students receiving a full athletic scholarship are not eligible

If a student is eligible and funding is available, the scholarship will automatically be awarded and accepted for the student. 

According to MSU, the maximum award is based on 12 hours, and while students can enroll in more than 12 hours, those additional hours will not be factored into the scholarship. The scholarship maximum amount is locked at the time the award is made. However, if a student drops hours before classes begin each mini-term during the summer, the scholarship also will be reduced to match the reduced enrolled hours. McKinney said the scholarship will not cover any distance education or other summer fees, with the exception of the capital improvement fee. He added that the scholarship is only awarded for the Summer 2020 semester until funds are exhausted.

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