GRE® Fee Reduction Changes, Effective July 1, 2018

Beginning July 1, 2018, students will be required to send a copy of their Student Aid Report (SAR) and a completed GRE Fee Reduction Request Form to ETS. Students who meet the need-based guidelines will receive a GRE Fee Reduction voucher to take the General Test and/or a Subject Test for 50 percent of the […]

Rights and Responsibilities

  Rights and Responsibilities As a recipient of financial aid, there are certain rights and responsibilities of which students should be aware. These rights and responsibilities of students on financial aid are listed in the following Jackson State University's catalogs: The  Graduate Student Catalog  The Undergraduate Student Catalog   Students “Rights” Related to Financial Aid  […]

Prior-Prior Year

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 […]

Legislative Changes in State Financial Aid for 2017-2018

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 […]

Complete Your 2019-2020 FAFSA NOW!

Complete Your 2019-2020 FAFSA NOW! The 2019-2020 FAFSA will become available to complete on October 1, 2018. 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, 2019. Students should complete the 2019-2020 FAFSA using tax data […]

NEW State Aid Eligibility Requirement

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 […]

Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID)

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 […]

Unusual Enrollment History

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 […]

FAFSA Selected for Verification and IRS Required Documentation

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 […]