Mississippi Office of Financial Aid
Application for Academic Year
2018 - 2019

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  * First Name:   * Last Name:
  * Primary Email:
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  Secondary Email:
  * Best Contact
Phone Number:

i.e. 999-999-9999
  IHL Portal
User Id:
     
  * District/
Independent School:
  * High School:
 
      Address:



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CERTIFICATION STATEMENT
Under the governance of the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning, the Mississippi Office of Student Financial Aid is responsible for the administration of all state-funded student financial aid programs, including grants, scholarships and loans. These funds provide assistance to Mississippi residents in pursuit of their educational and professional goals.

The mission of the Office is to provide all qualified college and college-bound students with state-funded student financial aid, with a focus on Mississippi residents. In keeping with this mission, the Office utilizes a single online application to enable student to apply for all state-funded scholarships, grants or loans. Additional supporting documents may be requested from students to enable the Office to make eligibility determinations. The Office also desires that students be counseled to complete their postsecondary educational pursuits and be counseled about financial aid available to assist them in such pursuits.

To accomplish its mission, the Office has entered into a Participation Agreement with the Local Education Agency to authorize the sharing of data between the Office and the LEA in a manner that is safe and confidential. The LEA has designated an Authorized Official at each secondary school under its authority to complete the Services outlined in the Participation Agreement and copied below.

  Services:
 
1. To provide to the Office in the spring of each year, but prior to March 31, a file containing the following data elements for graduating seniors who have granted permission to the LEA for the LEA to share the following information with the Office for financial aid purposes:
a) First Name, Last Name, and Middle Initial
b) Address, City, State, Zip Code
c) Social Security Number
d) Date of Birth
e) 7-Semester Grade Point Average (GPA) Calculated on a 4.0 Scale
f) SAT Score if available
g) Selection as a National Merit or National Achievement Finalist
h) ACT Composite Score and Lowest ACT Sub-score
i) ACT Test Date
j) Certification of the HELP Core Curriculum
   
2. To use the HELP Application data provided by the Office to assist HELP Scholarship applicants in the completion of the application and submission of required eligibility documents.
   
3. To use the FAFSA completion data provided by the Office to counsel students to complete their postsecondary educational pursuits and about financial aid available to assist them in such pursuits
   
  I certify the following:
 

* I have been designated the Authorized Official for the secondary school listed above.

* I will complete the Services outlined above to the best of my ability.

* I have read and understand the Local Education Agency Participation Agreement and I will abide by the terms outlined therein.

* I will uphold the Participation Agreement terms with regard to Transmitting and Storing Confidential and Highly Confidential Information.

* I will uphold the Participation Agreement terms with regard to the Dissemination of Confidential and Highly Confidential Information.

* I will uphold the Participation Agreement terms with regard to the Use of Confidential and Highly Confidential Information.

* I will uphold the Participation Agreement terms with regard to the Return or Destruction of Confidential and Highly Confidential Information.

* I will report any known or suspected Security Incidents according to the terms of the Participation Agreement.

* I will comply with all applicable federal, state, county, and municipal, statutes, laws, ordinances, and regulations relating to this Agreement, as amended from time to time.

* I will notify the Office when access to the system is no longer required (i.e., I leave my position, or my duties change).



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