How to Apply for Financial Aid

Federal Programs

1. Apply for a FSA (Federal Student Aid) ID which includes a username and password. The FSA ID has replaced the PIN Number identification that has been in use for several years. A parent must apply for a FSA ID as well, if the student is dependent. Your FSA ID confirms your identity when you access your financial aid information and electronically sign Federal Student Aid documents. Go to to begin this process.

2. After you and one parent, if dependent, have received a username and password, begin completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). This application covers the Pell Grant Program, the Federal Supplemental Grant Program, the Federal College Work-Study Program, and the Federal Direct Student Loan Program.

3. If you are a Mississippi resident, apply for State Financial Aid at Complete the online application and apply for the Mississippi Resident Tuition Assistance Grant (MTAG), Mississippi Eminent Scholars Grant (MESG) and other state funds such as Critical Needs and Help Scholarships. Take time to review the entire site for information about all programs funded by the State of Mississippi. Also, you can monitor the status of your application at this site.

4. Apply for EMCC scholarships. Print the EMCC Scholarship Application and the Tuition Guarantee Application and submit them to the EMCC Financial Aid office.

5. If you are interested in Federal Direct Student Loans, additional forms may be required.

First-time Direct Loan Borrowers:
Returning Direct Loan Borrowers:
When completing the FAFSA, indicate interest in student loans, and complete the EMCC Student Loan Information Request Form.

6. Recommended deadlines for having the Financial Aid application submitted and completed are:
  • Fall Term: August 1   
  • Spring Term: January 2 

7. Applications submitted or incomplete after these dates may result in students being unable to purchase textbooks and supplies.

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