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The skills, knowledge, and experiences you gain from MUW stay with you for a lifetime. We know that and we take your desire to achieve that goal seriously. That's why our Financial Aid Center staff is committed to advising you on how to best finance your education. No matter if you plan to be an on-campus or online student, will show you and your family all there is to know about the financial process. We’ll look closely at your specific situation to help create a personalized plan of action. When all is said and done, you might be surprised at the amount of aid available to you!

For tuition and costs the state has approved for academic year 2014-2015 click here. Look through them; then keep reading for all the ways you can help offset these costs through various financial aid and scholarship packages.

Payment Plans

The most efficient and cost-effective way to pay for school.

A payment plan enables you to break your education costs into easy-to-handle monthly payments rather than pay for the entire semester or year in one large sum.

Payment plans offer:

  • a convenient payment option with no approval required to participate
  • easy enrollment process that can be completed online
  • payment schedules that reflect a typical bill paying cycle

Choose the enrollment option that is best for you

Enroll in a payment plan now through our secure website. For more information click here

Types of Aid


Scholarships are a type of financial aid award that you do not need to repay. MUW offers a wide range of scholarships for which you may qualify. They are not only based on academic performance, some are directed as specific areas of study, your leadership abilities, financial need, or other attributes. Make sure to review the scholarships available and to complete the scholarship section of the MUW online application. Scholarship awards are limited, so make sure to apply for a scholarship as soon as possible.

Learn more about MUW scholarships


Grants awarded based on financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). They do not need to be repaid. As with scholarships, the number of grants available are limited so the earlier you apply the greater the likelihood you will receive a grant, if you qualify. There is a full list of grants available at the link below.

Learn more about grants


A loan is a type of aid must be repaid over time with interest. Loans are typically granted based on your financial need and history. You will need to fill out an FAFSA form to determine whether you qualify for a federal loan. There are also hybrid loans such a Plus Loans available where you and your family share the responsibility of paying for college. The State of Mississippi also offers a loan program for residents, and there are private loan options available as well. All the details are included in the link below.

Learn more about loans


What You Need To Do

You might think applying for financial aid is daunting. We're here to make it easy. Once you know the steps to take, there are all sorts of options available to you to help you finance your education. We've put the highlights here and there's lots more on the MUW Office of Financial Aid site.

  • 1 Apply to MUW
  • You must complete the MUW admissions application before we can determine your eligibility for financial aid.
  • 2 Apply for Aid
  • Federal Aid
    1. You must apply for a Federal Student Aid pin number .
    2. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after January 1st for the upcoming school year. The FAFSA allows students to apply for Grants, Work Study, and Loans. You can download a FAFSA worksheet to assist you in completing the FAFSA application.
    3. Note the following:
      • If you're interested in a student loan and/or work-study be sure to check these boxes on the FAFSA.
      • If you're interested in a Parent PLUS Loan the parent borrower must complete the PLUS application.
      • MUW’s Federal School Code is 002422
      • Once your application is submitted, MUW will notify you if you have been selected.
  • Private Aid
  • Private Aid Private loans are available based on a credit review. Co-signers are required for most students. 
  • State Student Financial Aid (Mississippi residents only)
  • Complete the online application as soon after January 1st as possible. The application deadline is September 15. For more information visit the Mississippi Office of Student Financial Aid.
  • 3Confirm Your Application was Received
  • If you apply for Federal (FAFSA) aid, you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR). If you file the FAFSA online you will receive an email directing you to your SAR online. Make sure to review the information on the SAR for accuracy and to be sure Mississippi University for Women is listed as a college you wish to receive your FAFSA results. Call the FAFSA center at 1-800-433-3243 if you have any questions.
  • You can also check whether MUW has received your aid applications by logging into Banner web with your MUW ID and Password (assigned when you are accepted to MUW). If you've applied for an alternative loan, you can view your loan information here.
  • If you've applied for a state loan, The Mississippi Office of Student financial Aid in Jackson will notify you of your award. If you are unsure call 1-800-327-2980 for updates or check your status online.
  • 4Notification
  • As soon an award notifications is received the MUW Financial Aid Center will notify you of the award.
    1. If you've been assigned an official MUW BANNER Password, you'll receive an electronic notification about your award. At this point, you can go online to accept or decline your award.
    2. If you have not yet been issued an official MUW BANNER Password you'll receive an Award Notification and Supplemental Information Form through in the mail. You must complete this document and return it to MUW before the award process can be finalized.

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Location: Welty Hall Room 107 1100 College St. MUW-1614 Columbus, MS 39701
Hours: Monday through Friday 8-5
Phone: 662-329-7114 | Fax: 662-329-7325

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Call the Financial Aid Center Toll Free Help Line

Representatives are available to answer your financial aid questions at our toll free number 1-877-462-8439. Examples of questions are: Questions concerning Tuition and fee charges, FAFSA application, financial aid status, documents needed, private loans, and aid posting. Our Financial Aid Administrative Assistant or Student Worker will refer your questions to a counselor if more in depth financial counseling is needed. Referrals are answered with 48 hours.

Check the Banner Portal

If you've been accepted to MUW and have received your student portal login, then make sure to check your Banner account. This account allows you to view: your financial aid eligibility, documents needed to finalize your financial aid file, billing charges, and posted aid. You have the ability to accept awards you have been offered for the year.


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 prepaatory curriculum (CPC) grade point average from high school are weighed to determine your award range.


Our four levels of W Transfer awards are:

Presidential Award- $5,000 over two years. Must have between a 3.8 to 4.0 transferrable GPA and 48 transferrable hours

Martin Award- $4,000 over two years. Must have between a 3.6 to 3.79 transferrable GPA and 48 transferrable hours

Fant Award- $3,000 over two years. Must have between a 3.3 to 3.59 transferrable GPA and 48 transferrable hours

Keirn Award- $2,000 over two years. Must have between a 3.0 to 3.29 transferrable GPA and 48 transferrable hours


1100 College Street Columbus, MS 39701phone: 662.329.4750 or 877.462.8439