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The “Deep South” state of Mississippi is deeply invested in education.

Mississippi has a wide array of colleges and universities to choose from, with degree programs offered in both traditional and online formats.

Students are supported by a number of state-sponsored financial aid programs, proving Mississippi is committed to making higher education attainable for all its residents.

Overview of Higher Education in Mississippi

Mississippi has 36 degree-granting institutions to choose from, according to a 2018-2019 report by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). Of the 36, 23 are public schools, 9 are non-profit private schools, and 4 are for-profit private schools.

The NCES reports that the average cost for residents to attend one of the state’s 4-year colleges is $8,340, while non-residents will pay closer to $19,942. Both are well below the national average.

Mississippi is a member of the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), a 16-state collaboration focused on sharing resources and initiatives to improve higher education. Through this organization, residents are able to pursue degrees at participating states while paying in-state tuition rates.

About Online Colleges in Mississippi

Online learning can be a convenient and flexible way to earn a degree while still maintaining a career, family, or other obligations.

Data from the NCES in 2018 showed that 13.7% of undergraduate students in Mississippi were enrolled exclusively in online courses. Another 27.6% were participating in a hybrid of online and on-campus courses.

Today nearly all of Mississippi’s institutions offer some online learning opportunities.

The University of Mississippi (“Ole Miss”) offers 10 master’s programs and a doctorate online, while Mississippi State’s online selection includes a wide variety of certificates, bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees.

The state’s oldest college, Mississippi College, offers an impressive array of online bachelor’s degree programs – Business Administration, Communication, Paralegal Studies, Homeland Security, and Loss Prevention – as well as several certificates and graduate degree programs.

Private schools throughout the state also offer a variety of online degree options.

Blue Mountain, for example, offers bachelor’s degrees in Business Administration and Psychology as well as a master’s in Business Administration, all in an online format. Belhaven University was recognized by US News and World Report for having some of the nation’s best online degree programs. The school offers three associate’s degrees, 10 bachelor’s degrees and a variety of certificate and graduate degree programs, all fully online.

Community Colleges across the state are also onboard when it comes to virtual education! Fifteen schools have banded together to form the Mississippi Virtual Community College (MSVCC). Through MSVCC, a student can enroll at his or her local college and receive advisement, counseling, financial aid, learning resources and earn credit through that school, but can complete courses available at other participating schools online. MSVCC supports approximately 60,000 online enrollments each year.

Scholarships and Financial Aid in Mississippi

In Mississippi, in order to access federal, state, and private financial aid, you will need to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Since funds are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, be sure to apply right away. The application is available each year starting on October 1st.

To complete the FAFSA, you must provide income, assets, taxes, and other financial information for you and your parents (unless you’re considered “independent”). This information will be used to determine how much and what kinds of financial aid are offered to you.

The ideal types of financial aid are grants and scholarships, which do not have to be repaid.

The state of Mississippi provides millions of dollars in aid each year to help residents pursue higher education. The following programs are offered to support residents:

The state also offers forgivable loans for teachers and nurses and some related fields. To receive this type of loan, a student must sign a contract agreeing to work for a certain period of time in a certain area. Once they complete the obligation, the student loans will be forgiven.

There are also privately funded scholarships available to Mississippians. Here are a few:

Scholarship Name Details Scholarship amount
Tupelo Elvis Fan Club Scholarship For high school seniors who sing, dance or play a musical instrument; Submit video recording and win live performance and scholarship $5000 (1), $3000 (1), $2000 (1)
Southern Automotive Women’s Forum Scholarship For female high school seniors or graduates pursuing a degree in a STEM (science, technology, engineering or math) or automotive field; Must be enrolled at a college in specific southern states; Must have GPA of 2.5 or higher Varies depending on number of applicant (generally $1000-5000)
Society Plastic Engineers Scholarship For students majoring in or taking courses that would be beneficial to a career in the plastics industry Varies
Korean American Scholarship Foundation – Southwestern Regional Chapter For students with a Korean heritage; Based on academic achievement and financial need $500-5000
Kids’ Chance of Mississippi Scholarship For students who have had a parent killed or permanently and totally disabled in an accident that is compensable under the Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Act Varies

You can find more scholarship opportunities by visiting search sites such as Fastweb.com, where you can enter basic demographic information and be matched with dozens of scholarships.

Finally, be sure to check with the financial aid office at the college(s) you’re considering. Most schools offer their own aid programs, and can help you determine what you may qualify for and how to apply.

List of Online Colleges in Mississippi

Online Colleges in Minnesota Location Annual Tuition Accreditation Application Fee
Delta State University Cleveland, Mississippi  $6,418  Regional  $25
University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg, Mississippi  $7,659  Regional  $40
Belhaven University Jackson, Mississippi  $23,016  Regional  $25
Mississippi State University Mississippi State, Mississippi  $7,780  Regional  $40

Conclusion

If  you’ve been thinking about attending a college or university in Mississippi, you’re in luck!

The state’s top schools offer online learning opportunities at all degree levels, and there are numerous financial aid programs to help make your dream a reality.

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Elizabeth Abner
WRITTEN BY Elizabeth Abner

Elizabeth is pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy in Foreign Policy and earned her master's degree in business administration. For her undergraduate studies, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a concentration in international business. Elizabeth's research is focused on universities offering online degree programs.