Background Image Alternative Text: Decorative fountain photo


Students who qualify for the Promise Award and the Promise Student Support Program will be contacted by Mississippi State University based on their financial aid. The eligibility is established the incoming fall semester for freshmen and transfer students. The student must meet general eligibility requirements to participate in federal student aid programs and must be Pell Grant eligible. The family income must be $42,000 or less.

To be eligible, students must meet the following requirements:

  1. Be a Mississippi resident
  2. Enroll as a full-time student
  3. Have a high school GPA of 3.0 or a community college GPA of 2.5
  4. Have a 19 or higher ACT score or 48 eligible transfer hours
  5. Complete the MSU admission and scholarship process by the priority date
  6. Complete and submit FAFSA to MSU as soon as possible after October 1st the fall PRIOR to the first semester enrolled at MSU
  7. Complete the State of Mississippi student aid application process
  8. Be admitted into a first baccalaureate degree program

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and all required documents must be reviewed by April 1st. The number of students in the Promise Program is limited. Therefore, participation is awarded on a “first come, first serve” basis until the program has reached its capacity.

Visit MSU Student Financial Aid for full details of the eligibility, the process, and the benefits.