Protect Funding for Mississippi Undergraduate Student College Grant Programs
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Recently, the Mississippi legislature has cut funding for the state's college grant program. In the newly updated version of the appropriations bill for the state’s financial aid program it states that “no student should receive undergraduate grant aid through more than one state-supported undergraduate program in the same term of enrollment. If a student is eligible for aid through multiple grant programs, the student shall be awarded from the program that awards the larger sum.”
This means that college students receiving more than one grant from the state (MTAG, MESG, HELP, LAW, Nissan Scholarship) will be limited to only one next school year. The legislation also requires colleges and universities to check each semester that students are upholding the required GPA to continue receiving state funded grants. Previously, this check was conducted on an annual basis.
The elimination of the ability to receive multiple state grants will affect thousands of students across the state. With the growth of students opting to earn a college degree, Mississippi's legislature has run into financial deficits, but this issue has a value greater than money. The new legislation can and will impose a financial burden on many students and hinder them from access to the most valuable resource of all, an education.
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