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

The following errors must be corrected:

HELP Grant Information

* Denotes a Required Field

The Higher Education Legislative Plan for Needy Students Grant is available to Mississippi resident students with a 20 ACT or higher, 2.5 high school GPA or higher, and completion of a specific rigorous curriculum, who can demonstrate financial need. The Higher Education Legislative Plan Grant pays full tuition at public Mississippi colleges and universities (or the equivalent at a private Mississippi college or university).

To help us determine whether you may be eligible, please answer the following questions:

* 1. Did you score or do you expect to score 20 or higher on the national ACT (or equivalent SAT)?
Yes  No

* 2. Is your high school GPA 2.5 or higher?
Yes  No

* 3. Have you completed (or will complete by graduation) ALL of the following high school courses?
Yes  No

English 4 Carnegie Units
  • All must require substantial communication skills (i.e., reading, writing, listening, and speaking). Compensatory Reading and Writing may not be included.
Mathematics 3 Carnegie Units
  • Algebra I or its equivalent
  • Math higher than Algebra I (2 units)
Science 3 Carnegie Units
  • Biology I or its equivalent
  • Science higher than Biology I (2 units)
Social Studies 3 Carnegie Units
  • U.S. History
  • World History
  • U.S. Government ( unit)
  • Economics ( unit) or Introduction to World Geography ( unit)
Arts 1 Carnegie Units
  • Includes any one Carnegie unit (or two units) of visual and performing arts course(s) meeting the requirements for high school graduation.
Advanced Electives 3 Carnegie Units
  • Option 1: Foreign Language I, Foreign Language II, and any other Advanced Elective course
  • Option 2: Foreign Language I, Advanced World Geography, and any other Advanced Elective Course
  • Option 3: Any combination of English, Mathematics higher than Algebra I, Science higher than Biology I, Advanced Elective category, any AP course, any IB course
Technology Carnegie Units
  • A course that emphasizes the use of technology as a productivity tool. Instruction should include utilizing various forms of technology to create, collaborate, organize, and publish information. The application of technology as a productivity tool, rather than specific hardware and/or software packages should be the focus of the course.
Total = Minimum 17 Carnegie Units

* 4. Is your family's income at or below the income limits listed in the following table?
Yes  No
Number of dependent family members
under the age of 21 other than the student
Average adjusted gross income
*Income limitations are uncertain. According to state law, the maximum Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) for eligibility increased from $39,500 in 2015-16 to $42,500 in 2016-17. However, the Legislative Appropriation for Student Financial Aid froze the income threshold at $39,500 for the 2016-17 year. The Legislative Appropriation expected in April 2017 will determine the income threshold for the 2017-2018 year.

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