I. How to Apply for Federal Student Aid at Jackson State University
Federal Title IV School Code for JSU: 002410 JSU’s Priority Deadline: April 15th of each year
NOTE: Your FSA ID will allow you to electronically complete the FAFSA application online, sign it, make corrections and access other federal/state aid websites regarding your financial assistance.
II. After completing your FAFSA, you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR).
NOTE: Applications received after JSU’s April 15th priority deadline date may not be considered for campus based programs like Federal Work Study (FWS) and Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) because these funds are limited.
III. How to Apply for State Programs
Mississippi Tuition Assistance Grants (MTAG) and Mississippi Eminent Scholars Grants (MESG) are awarded by the Mississippi State Office of Student Financial Aid. To apply, visit RiseUPMS.com/stateaid. The deadline date for applications is September 15 of each year. However, it is recommended that you apply prior to June 1.
IV. Special Circumstances Request Process
Sometimes a family will find that the information required on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) does not reflect their current circumstances and their ability to contribute to the student’s cost of education due to rare and unexpected circumstances. When this happens, a student may choose to submit a request for Special Circumstance(s) to the Financial Aid Office to explain their current circumstances with a request that their situation be reviewed under those circumstances. Circumstances considered, but not limited to are: (a) Income Reduction; (b) Unusual high medical and/or dental expenses NOT covered by insurance; (c) Natural Disaster; and (d) Other unusual expenses or circumstances.
To be considered for Special Circumstances, the student must do the following:
1. Submit a written request to the Financial Aid Office detailing the special circumstance(s).
2. Complete a Special Circumstance Form located at https://www.jsums.edu/financialaid/financial-aid-forms/.
3. Provide all the requested information listed on the Special Circumstance Form.
The information submitted will be evaluated to determine if an adjustment can be made to represent a more realistic picture of the family’s ability to contribute to the cost of education. Students can monitor their JSU PAWS account for messages and updates regarding the decision.
V. Other Tips to Remember When Applying for Financial Aid