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Helpful Mississippi Links to College Planning & Financial Aid

Rise Up Mississippi

Want to rise up to a better life? A college education is the best way to reach that goal. A college education offers you access to a much wider range of opportunities that can lead to a fulfilling career and to success in life. Rise Up MS has the tips and tools you’ll need to plan and to prepare for college. Rise UP MS will help you to research public university, private college and community college options in Mississippi and choose the one that is right for you. Plus, they will help you understand financial aid, conduct scholarship searches, compare colleges, apply to the colleges of your choice and learn about different careers. So visit www.mississippi.edu/riseupms as it links up with the Mississippi Office of Financial Aid to plan for college.

Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL)

Links to all MS student financial aid, including MTAG (Mississippi Tuition Assistance Grant), MESG (Mississippi Eminent Scholars Grant), HELP (Higher Education Legislation Plan), and more.

YOU MUST APPLY FOR THE MTAG if you have a minimum GPA of 2.5 and ACT of 15.

www.ihl.state.ms.us/financialaid/

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

You must complete this to qualify for all federal grants and loans. You can submit as early as January 1, 2015.

www.fafsa.ed.gov

Here are some other websites to assist you in your search for scholarships and financial aid. It’s never to early to plan for college!

·      All About Education Scholarship

For information on several scholarship opportunities, please visit www.scholarshipexperts.com

·      Weekly Scholarship Alert 

Scholarships sent directly to your email!

www.weeklyscholarshipalert.com 

·      Fin Aid 

Free comprehensive guide to student financial aid.

www.finaid.org

·      Scholarships.com

       www.scholarships.com 

Free college scholarship searches and financial aid information.

·      Fast Aid Scholarship Search 

www.fastaid.com

·      Fast Web 

400,000 free scholarship searches.

www.fastweb.com 

·      Cappex

       Cappex.com is giving away thousands in scholarships for college. Some of our most popular scholarships include "A GPA Isn't Everything," "I Don't Want to Pay for College" and "Cutting Edge Careers." To apply, simply fill out a free profile, visit the Scholarships tab and click Apply. Scholarships will be given to students with well-rounded profiles, so don't hold back on the details. http://www.cappex.com/scholarships/index.jsp

·      GO COLLEGE

Free scholarship and financial aid services. (ACT test prep and more.) www.gocollege.com 

·      CollegeNet

Searches for colleges, financial aid, scholarships etc.

www.collegenet.com 

·    Affordable Online Colleges Guide

http://www.edudemic.com/affordable-online-colleges/

http://www.thesimpledollar.com/affordable-online-colleges/

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