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Financial Matters and Scholarships

In-state tuition for everyone?

That’s right. It’s one of the main perks about choosing an online program at Mississippi State – whether you live in Mississippi or somewhere else!

Tuition and required fees are charged on a per credit hour basis at the prevailing rates as determined by the Institutions of Higher Learning, the governing board of the University. These rates are applicable at the time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

You can access the Tuition and Fees page and then click on the Online Education tab for more information.

Financial Aid

You have a desire to learn and improve your opportunities by getting a degree, but perhaps you just don’t have the funding for school right now. Financial aid is available if you qualify. The video below will explain how to apply.


To learn more about financial aid at Mississippi State University, visit the universities' Student Financial Aid website.

To complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, visit the FAFSA website.


Mississippi State has a variety of scholarships available to help offset the cost of your education. Scholarships may be based on need, academic performance or service. If you’re a candidate for a scholarship you may begin the general application process here. Follow these basic steps:

  1. Have you been admitted to the university yet? If not, use the undergraduate admission and graduate admission.
  2. Once admitted, log into your myState account using your NetID and NetPassword that you received in the mail after acceptance.
  3. A new window will pop up, and you’ll need to log in again using your NetID and NetPassword. (Yes, we realize this is a little redundant!) When you log in the first time, you’ll need to complete the general application. Don’t forget to hit the “Save” button so you’ll be able to return to your stored info later.
  4. After you’ve submitted your general application, we encourage you to check in regularly. Additional opportunities may be recommended to you over time based on your GPA, leadership, service and record. You wouldn’t want to miss out on something that important.

Do you have questions about any of this? The Office of Admissions and Scholarships can help, 662.325.2224.

Distance Makes A Difference Scholarship

MS State Online has created a $1,000 scholarship opportunity eligible for online students at Mississippi State University.

The Distance Makes a Difference Scholarship will be awarded to three members of the #BulldogFaMily, winning $1,000 each.

Senior Citizens in Mississippi

If you’re a Mississippi resident over 60 years of age, your tuition may be waived.The senior citizen tuition waiver will provide more information. You may also e-mail Mary Kathryn Morrow at mkt77@msstate.edu to get the needed forms.

MSU Employees

MSU employees may receive tuition remission for online courses. Read the MSU Employee Remission Policy for more details.

Tuition & Fees

To find the current tuition and fees associated with each class:

  1. Visit the Master Class Schedule.
    • Select the following from the dropdown menu:
    • Term: semester of interest
    • Part of Term: All Parts of Term
    • Campus: Online Education
    • Level: appropriate level
    • Subject: subject of interest
  2. Click “View Classes”
  3. Select the course (example: Click on ACC 2013).
    Screenshot of an arrow pointing to a link for the course
  4. Click on the Section Fees button.
    Screenshot of arrows pointing to the cost and fees associated with the class

If all of this is a bit overwhelming, feel free to contact your Coordinator.

Refund Schedule

Account refunds are determined by the Office of the Controller and Treasurer.

Withdrawal from the University

To withdraw from the University (removing all courses from your schedule), complete a Withdrawal Request Form located in the Registration column under your Banner tab in the myState portal (login required). The withdrawal request must be filled out in its entirety; also, it is your responsibility to ensure that your advisor/responsible person in your academic program is aware of your withdrawal.

Refunds for tuition and Distance learning fees for withdrawals are based on a prorated scale and are based on the last date of attendance. Access the Refund Schedule to view the prorated scale for withdrawals.

Drop Policy

Fall & Spring Term: Students who reduce their normal course load during a semester to a level which results in a reduction in tuition and Distance learning fees may receive a 100 percent refund for the courses dropped through the fifth class day. After the fifth class day, no refunds are made for individual courses dropped.

Summer Term: Drops for all summer terms will be refunded at 100 percent of tuition and distance learning fees during the first class day. After the first class day, no refunds are made for individual courses dropped.