Prior-Prior Year

October 11th, 2017 by finaid

Prior-Prior Year

Starting with the 2017-2018 FAFSA, families will now use tax data from two years ago. For 2017-2018, FAFSA families will once again use 2015 tax data. This is referred to as “Prior-Prior” Year data because it uses tax data from two years before the academic year. For 2018-2019 FAFSA, families will use 2016 tax data; for 2019-2020, families will use 2017 tax data, etc.

Along with this change, the Department of Education is changing when the FAFSA is available for families to complete. Beginning with the 2017-2018 year, the FAFSA will become available for families to complete on October 1st of each year. Therefore, families can begin applying for aid (using accurate completed tax data) approximately one year prior to the academic year in question.

All families are encouraged to use the Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) to link their taxes to their FAFSA.


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Effective for the Fall 2017 term, all undergraduate students will receive assistance from ONLY ONE state grant program.  Students who were previously eligible for aid through multiple programs through the Mississippi Office of Student Financial Aid will be awarded through one single program that awards the largest amount of assistance. Therefore, students eligible for both the Mississippi Eminent Scholars Grant (MESG) and the Mississippi Resident Tuition Assistance Grant (MTAG) will receive MESG only.  Similarly, students eligible for both the Higher Education Legislative Plan for Needy Students Grant (HELP) and MTAG will receive HELP only.

Also, academic eligibility will be reviewed at the end of each term of enrollment for all programs.  Students are required to earn and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.5 for MESG and a 2.5 cumulative GPA for HELP.

If additional information is required, contact the Mississippi Office of Student Financial Aid at 800-327-2980 or email via the contact form at


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Complete Your 2018-2019 FAFSA NOW!

November 3rd, 2016 by finaid

Complete Your 2018-2019 FAFSA NOW!

The 2018-2019 FAFSA will become available to complete on October 1, 2017. For priority consideration of limited funding, students should submit their FAFSA and submit all unsatisfied requirements as soon as they are requested, but no later than April 15, 2018.

Students should complete the 2018-2019 FAFSA using tax data from 2016. The Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) will be available to transfer your 2016 tax data (both student and parent) from the 2016 IRS Tax Return to your 2018-2019 FAFSA. We encourage everyone to use the DRT.

Note: Because of increased data security, when you use the DRT to transfer your data from your tax return to your FAFSA, you will not be able to see the data that was transferred. The data will be “masked.”

 Students and their families may complete the 2018-2019 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at

The Financial Aid Office plans to begin loading 2018-2019 FAFSA data into our system in late November or early December 2017

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NEW State Aid Eligibility Requirement

July 5th, 2016 by finaid

Beginning with the Fall 2016 term, undergraduate students must enroll in and complete 15 credit hours per semester to maintain eligibility for state aid for programs that require full-time enrollment.  Undergraduate state aid programs that require full-time enrollment are:

  • Higher Education Legislative Plan for Needy Students Scholarship (HELP)
  • Mississippi Resident Tuition Assistance Grant (MTAG)
  • Mississippi Eminent Scholars Grant (MESG)
  • Law Enforcement Officers and Firemen Scholarship (LAW)
  • Teacher Education Scholars Forgivable Loan (TES)
  • William Winter Teacher and Alternate Route Teacher Forgivable Loan (WWTS/WWAR)
  • Health Care Professions Undergraduate Forgivable Loan (HCP-UG)
  • Visit website:​ for more information.
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Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID)

May 6th, 2015 by finaid

Students and parents must create a FSA ID in order to electronically access personal information on certain U. S. Department of Education websites for Federal Student Aid (Free Application for Federal Student Aid:; NSLDS Student Access at:; Federal Direct Loans at:; Federal Student Aid at:; and the TEACH Grant website at:

The FSA ID can be created: Create FSA ID.


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Unusual Enrollment History

April 25th, 2013 by finaid

The U. S. Department of Education has established new regulations to prevent fraud and abuse in the Title IV student aid programs by identifying students with unusual enrollment history (UEH); especially when a student attends an institution long enough to receive a Title IV credit balance, leaves without completing the enrollment period, and then enrolls at another institution, repeating the pattern of remaining just long enough to collect a Title IV credit balance without earning any academic credit. Unusual enrollment history is defined as receiving federal aid funds at multiple institutions in a four year award period (2013-2014, 2014-2015, 2015-2016 and 2016-2017). Such an enrollment history requires a review to determine whether there are valid reasons for the unusual enrollment history. This must be resolved before a student may be awarded financial aid.

If a student received a Pell Grant and/or Federal Direct Loan at the institution performing the review for these award years, no additional action is required.  However, if the institution has reason to believe that the student is one who remains enrolled just long enough to collect student aid funds, the institution must resolve any UEH issue(s).

If the student did not receive a Pell Grant/or Federal Direct Loan at the institution performing the review for the award years 2013-2014, 2014-2015, 2015-2016 and 2016-2017, the institution must determine if the student received academic credit at their institution or any other institutions the student attended during these award years.  Using the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS), the institution must identify the institutions where the student received Pell Grant and/or Federal Direct Loan funding over the past four award years.  Also, the institution performing the review must obtain academic transcripts or grade reports for each previously institution the student attended whether or not academic credit (credit hours or clock hours) was earned.

No further action is required if the institution determines that the student earned any academic credits at institutions attended during the relevant award years unless the institution has other reasons to believe that the student is one who enrolls just to receive the credit balance.  If the student did not earn credit at a previous attended institution and, if applicable, at the institution performing the review, the institution must obtain documentation from the student explaining why the student failed to earn credit.

The institution must deny the student Title IV, HEA program assistance if the student did not earn academic credit at one or more of the relevant institutions and does not provide, to the financial aid administrator's satisfaction, an acceptable explanation and documentation of the unusual enrollment history.  The student must be provided with an opportunity to question and appeal the decision and the institution must provide the student with information regarding how the student may regain eligibility.

To resolve this issue all credits from previous institutions, including JSU if previously attended, must be evaluated. Please complete the Unusual Enrollment History (UEH) Form and submit for review.

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The information below applies ONLY to students whose FAFSA  is selected in the Process of Verification:

Tax Filers:  The  student and spouse, if married OR the student and the student's parents must request an IRS Tax Transcript from the Internal Revenue Service and submit it to the Jackson State University's Financial Aid Office.

Non- Tax Filers:  If no tax return was filed with the IRS, the student and spouse, if married OR the student and the student's  parents must request an IRS Verification of Non-Filing Letter, dated on or after October 1, 2016, from the IRS and submit it to Jackson State University’s Financial Aid Office.

The IRS Tax Transcript and the IRS Verification of Non-Filing Letter can be requested at  or by calling IRS at 800-908-9946.


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 Planning to Enroll Summer 2018 and/or Fall 2018 or Spring 2019

Summer 2018 Term:  Students must register for 6 or more hours, complete the 2017-2018 FAFSA and be admitted as a regular student into a degree seeking program.  Undergraduate students must be enrolled in at least six undergraduate hours and graduate students must be enrolled in at least six graduate hours.  Awarding for the Summer will begin in April for all eligible applicants.

It is critical that students are accurate with the number of hours they enroll in for the summer. Undergraduates, we advise you to enroll for both sessions at once if you plan to attend both sessions.

Fall 2018 and/or Spring 2019:  Students must complete the 2018-2019 FAFSA and be admitted as a regular student in a degree seeking program.   Undergraduate students must be enrolled in at least six undergraduate hours and graduate students must be enrolled in at least six graduate hours.  Packaging awards for first time students will begin in March.  Awarding for returning students will begin after final grades post for the Spring 2018 semester.

Students may access their JSU PAWS account for updates on their Financial Aid status at: JSU P.A.W.S:

–    Login using your User ID and Password

–   Click on Financial Aid to check the status of Missing Requirements, Academic Progress, Awards and Messages

Students who Accept a Direct Loan Award Offer must complete a Direct Loan Entrance Counseling and a Direct Loan Master Promissory Note (MPN) at:  Students will need their Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID) to complete the Direct Loan Entrance Counseling and Direct Loan Master Promissory Note (MPN).  Students who do not have a FSA ID may create one at: Create FSA ID.

Note:  Students who received a Direct Loan Disbursement at Jackson State University do not have to complete a Loan Entrance Counseling session or Master Promissory Note.

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Students who received a Stafford Loan, Direct Loan or Perkins Loan while attending JSU are required to complete a Loan EXIT Counseling session.  For Stafford and Direct Loan Exit Counseling log on to: Exit Counseling and complete the session.  For Perkins Loan borrowers please contact the Business Office at (601) 979-2216.


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Pell Grant Recipients Notice

April 26th, 2011 by admin

Congress is currently looking at several proposals which may affect the awarding and amounts of future Pell awards.  Please be advised that all federal financial aid awards are contingent upon Congressional funding.

Pell Grant Recipients attending less than full time in a term (fall, spring or summer); Pell payment will be based on the enrollment status for that term.  Full time enrollment is 12 or more undergraduate hours each enrollment term (fall, spring or summer).  Also all repeat hours are counted as attempted hours.  Passed hours may only be repeated ONCE for Title IV assistance.  Any changes to your hours may affect your Pell Payment.


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