Federal Financial Aid Programs

Federal Programs

All federally funded aid requires the completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is determined from the FAFSA. Cost of attendance is calculated by totaling estimated fees, tuition, books and supplies, and living expenses based on whether a student lives on campus, with parents, or off campus. 
    • Federal Pell Grant: A need-based program, 100 percent federally funded. No repayment is required. Federal Pell Grants are awarded based on Expected Family Contribution (EFC) computed by the Federal Processing Center and hours enrolled. Awards ranged from $593 to $5,920 per year for the 2017-2018 school year.
    • Summer Pell: An additional Pell grant is available to students who would like to accelerate their degree. Students can be eligible even though they may have received all their regular Pell over the fall 2017 and spring 2018 semesters. To be eligible, a student must be taking a minimum of six semester hours that will count toward their degree, during the June and/or July summer terms. Once a student registers, he/she must come by Lion Central so we can award this additional Pell for them. There are limits on how much Pell a student may receive in his/her lifetime and this additional Pell will count toward that maximum of 600% or 12 full-time semesters. If you have questions about the additional Pell, please contact our Lion Central offices at the Golden Triangle Campus 662.243.1920 or Scooba Campus 662.476.5079. We are more than happy to help you.
    • Pell Grant for Service Members' Survivors: Students who have lost a parent or guardian as a result of military service in Iraq or Afghanistan after Sept. 11, 2001 may be eligible for maximum Pell Grant. Students should talk with the EMCC Financial Aid Office for more information.
    • Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (SEOG): No repayment is required. EMCC funding is limited in this program and awards are made to students with the greatest financial need. Students with maximum Pell eligibility have priority as long as funding lasts. Grant amounts range from $200 and up.
    • Federal Work-Study: Students must visit Lion Central to apply and are generally prioritized on a “first-come, first-served” basis. Students with an unmet need are generally awarded Federal Work-Study. Award amounts average approximately $750 -$1,500 per semester. Approximately 200 students are employed each year. Current minimum wage is paid.
    • Federal Direct Loan Program: Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid online, and indicate on the FAFSA their interest in student loans. Also, student must go to our Forms and Applications section to complete the Student Loan Information Request Form or contact the Financial Aid Office.
Students must show a need to qualify for Direct Subsidized Loans. (The government pays the interest while you are in school). A freshman student can borrow up to $3,500 per year through the Direct Subsidized Loan program. A sophomore student can borrow up to $4,500 per year.
Direct Unsubsidized Loans (interest starts accruing from the time you take out the loan) are also available. These loans are not based on need and are available to eligible students. Interest begins to accrue on these loans when issued. Amounts vary depending on the student's status (freshman or sophomore, dependent or independent) and other aid awarded.
  • Parent Plus Direct Loan Program: Parents may apply for the Parent Plus Direct Loan online at EMCC Financial Aid will certify eligibility for the loans. Parents can borrow up to the cost of attendance minus other financial aid and resources. Plus loans must be repaid.

Here's a link to more information: Student Aid on the Web Gets a New Look
The Department of Education's Office of Federal Student Aid (FSA) on July 25, 2018, debuted an updated version of the online FAFSA featuring "a modernized homepage, an easier-to-follow question flow, and improved technology that allows the application to better display across desktops, laptops, tablets and cell phones," according to an announcement posted on The FAFSA revamp is the most recent step in FSA's ongoing effort to make the financial aid application more user-friendly, a transformation FSA Chief Operating Officer A. Wayne Johnson dubbed the ‘Next Generation Financial Aid Services Environment.' Inside Higher Ed reports the myStudentAid mobile app, which will allow students and parents to fill out the FAFSA on their mobile phones and invite each other to complete certain parts of the form through a messaging system on the app, will be available starting October 1 for the 2019-20 award year; a beta version of the app is expected in August.


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