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Important Information Regarding State Financial Aid

The Mississippi Office of Student Financial Aid has released new requirements for students who have applied for state aid. These changes will take effect for the Fall 2016 semester.

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Freshmen Scholarships

 

The W cares about all of our students and their potential. That's why we've created financial awards that recognize all levels of academic achievement and provide support for your studies. We'll be happy to talk to you about what The W can do to encourage your success!

Our four levels of W Freshmen Awards are:

Presidential Award-$18,000 over four years

Whitfield Award- $12,000 over four years

Franklin Award- $6,000 over four years

Kincannon Award- $3,000 over four years

 

To qualify for a scholarship award at The W, your ACT/SAT score and your college preparatory curriculum (CPC) grade point average from high school are weighed to determine your award range. All merit awards begin with at least an 18 ACT or 860 SAT.

How much could The W award me?

Use our Freshman Cost Calculator to see how much you could receive in scholarships and grants based on your GPA and ACT score.

 

 


Additional Scholarship Opportunities

Alumni

Residents of Mississippi whose parent(s) or grandparent(s) graduated from The W and are an active member of the MUW Alumni Association are eligible to receive this renewable scholarship in the amount of $1,600 over a four year period. Students must notify the Office of Admissions and indicate parent(s) or grandparent(s) name and year of graduation to determine eligibility.

Alumni Out-of-State

Out-of-state students whose parent(s) or grandparent(s) graduated from The W and are an active member of the MUW Alumni Association are eligible to receive these renewable scholarships which cover non-resident fees. Students must notify the Office of Admissions and indicate parent(s) or grandparent(s) name and year of graduation to determine eligibility.

Is your parent/grandparent an ACTIVE member of the Alumni Association?

Alumni Scholarship are available to children and grandchildren of active members of the MUW Alumni Association. To be considered an active member, alumni must pay their $40 dues each year.

 

 

Out-of-State Contiguous

Out-of-state students who are from Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, or Tennessee will receive a scholarship to cover the out-of-state portion of tuition.

 

Regional

Out-of-state students who meet eligibility requirements for submitting a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and also meet the following criteria may apply for this scholarship which covers out-of-state portion of tuition:

  • Minimum ACT composite score of 21 or SAT score of 980

  • Minimum 3.0 college prep curriculum grade point average

 

Valedictorian/Salutatorian

The W awards these one year scholarships to first-time college students who were valedictorians or salutatorians of their high school class. The award for salutatorian is $400 and the award for valedictorian is $500. These awards are one time awards over a one year period. Students must submit a scholarship application by priority deadline of April 1.

 

Departmental Scholarships

In addition to the academic and need-based scholarships that are awarded to you during the admissions process, many of the academic programs and departments at The W have separate scholarships that are exclusively for their majors. These scholarships have their own application, deadline, and selection process.

 

 


Additional Financial Aid Options

For additional information about loans, grants and state aid, contact the Financial Aid Center at 877-462-8439 ext. 7114,

 

 

 


Most scholarships and awards are for a period of one academic year (nine months). However, some at MUW can be renewed for three additional academic years, or graduation, whichever occurs first. All scholarship recipients must maintain continuous full-time enrollment in at least 24 hours per academic year at MUW and maintain a 2.5 or higher MUW cumulative grade point average each semester. Centennial and Honors Award recipients must maintain a 3.0 or higher. Out of State Contiguous Award recipients must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress in order to have their award renewed. Students may receive more than one type of scholarship to attend MUW. However, total MUW award package, including state, federal, institutional, and private funds may not exceed total cost of attendance. Scholarship awards will be adjusted should the total amount exceed this cost.

The total amount of institutional scholarships awarded by the university may not exceed the total cost of tuition, room, board and a book stipend.