Complete the FAFSA!
The FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The FAFSA is required for any type of federal aid, including Pell grants, student loans, and work-study. The FAFSA is also required for some state aid and some need-based institutional aid. You are encouraged to complete the FAFSA, even if you think you might not qualify!
When to Submit the FAFSA
The FAFSA opens each year on October 1 (usually – see message below) and should be completed each and every year that a student seeks financial aid. High school seniors should complete the FAFSA as soon after October 1 as possible, because some institutional aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. The FAFSA-filing deadline for the Mississippi HELP Grant is April 30.
NEW! The FAFSA is changing. The 2024-25 FAFSA will not open on October 1, 2023, but will open sometime in December 2023. Students should plan to complete the FAFSA as soon as possible after in opens. Learn more about all the changes coming to the FAFSA at https://get2college.org/updates/navigating-the-fafsa-simplification-a-starting-point-for-educators/ (opens in a new window).
FAFSA Completion Assistance is Available
Get2College offers free, confidential advice to help students plan, prepare, and pay for college. Visit www.get2college.org (opens in a new window) or call +1 601.321.5533 to make an appointment with a counselor.