First-Time Freshmen (Mississippi Residents) are students who have recently graduated from a school in Mississippi (outside of Lauderdale County) and are applying to MCC for the following semester. (Fall semester for May graduates or Spring semester for December graduates).
financial aid to-do list
- President/Dean/Eagle Scholarship Application
- Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- State Aid
What aid are you eligible to receive?
FAFSA stands for "Free Application for Federal Student Aid." You must complete FAFSA once a school year to determine if you are eligible for any Federal Aid such as Pell Grant. The FAFSA aid year begins in the Fall semester and ends in the Summer semester. You can apply for the FAFSA at studentaid.gov.
The Federal Pell Grant Program provides grants to undergraduate students who have
financial need and meet the other general eligibility requirements for student financial
assistance. Credit balances are paid at the end of the first nine weeks each semester
(fall, spring). Pell Grants are awarded during the summer to students who meet the
above requirements. For details about summer Pell Grants, contact the Financial Aid
TO APPLY FOR A PELL GRANT:
- Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at studentaid.gov. The paper forms are only available from the Department of Education. Students may obtain up to 3 paper copies by calling 1.800.433.3243. Financial aid personnel will gladly help with any questions about completing the application. The student should list all schools that he wants to receive the information from.
- Within two weeks after completing the FAFSA online, or four weeks if completed by paper, the school will receive the results electronically and the student will receive a Student Aid Report Information Acknowledgment (SAR). If the student did not list MCC on the original application, the student should add MCC’s school code online to their FAFSA as soon as possible.
- If a student qualifies to receive a Pell Grant and has submitted all necessary documentation, an account is established so that he/she may charge tuition and fees in the Business Office.
- Your financial aid will become active in the Bookstore approximately three days prior to class start date. Students receiving financial aid should direct questions or problems to the Financial Aid Office. You will need your student ID and a copy of your class schedule to use your financial aid and to purchase textbooks in the bookstore.
- The President's Scholarship is for Mississippi residents outside of Lauderdale County. Students must enroll in
a minimum of 15 credit hours at MCC the fall semester following their high school
graduation. Students must have earned at least a 25 on the ACT. Students will be awarded
a full-tuition scholarship for four semesters that they attend MCC. Students must
maintain a 2.5 GPA and remain enrolled in a minimum of 15 credit hours for each semester.
The priority deadline is June 1st.
- The Dean's Scholarship is for Mississippi residents outside of Lauderdale County. Students must enroll in a minimum of 15 credit hours at MCC the fall semester following their high school graduation. Students must have earned at least a 20 on the ACT. Students will be awarded a half-tuition scholarship for four semesters that they attend MCC. Students must maintain a 2.0 GPA and remain enrolled in a minimum of 15 credit hours for each semester. The priority deadline is June 1st.
- The Eagle Scholarship is for Mississippi residents outside of Lauderdale County. Students must enroll in 15 credit hours the fall semester following high school graduation and remain enrolled in a minimum of 15 credit hours. Students must have a high school GPA of 3.0 or higher. The award is for $150/semester for 4 semesters and is stackable. Students must maintain a 2.5 GPA each semester.
The Federal Work-Study Program provides on and off-campus employment opportunities for eligible students.
To be considered for a Federal Work-Study job, the student must have applied for a Pell Grant, submitted a College Work-Study Job Application, and have unmet financial need as determined by the Federal Needs Analysis Methodology.
Once all of the required information is submitted to the Financial Aid Office and grant eligibility is determined, a student will receive an award notification in an e-mail to the student’s Eaglenet e-mail account. The student should notify the Financial Aid Office in writing if he/she wishes to decline any or all of their financial aid awards. This may be done through e-mail or in person. Click here to learn more about Financial Aid Award Notifications.
The MCC Business Office is the billing and collection point for Meridian Community College, and is located in Hardin Hall.
Students must set up payment through the Business Office for all tuition and fees before the first day of classes.
MCC offers 3 residence halls for students who wish to live on campus. Housing is reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications open in June
for the Fall semester, and in October for the Spring semester.