How to Apply for Financial Aid

Federal Programs

1. Apply for a FSA (Federal Student Aid) ID which includes a username and password. The FSA ID has replaced the PIN Number identification that has been in use for several years. A parent must apply for a FSA ID as well, if the student is dependent. Your FSA ID confirms your identity when you access your financial aid information and electronically sign Federal Student Aid documents. Go to to begin this process.
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2. After you and one parent, if dependent, have received a username and password, begin completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). This application covers the Pell Grant Program, the Federal Supplemental Grant Program, the Federal College Work-Study Program, and the Federal Direct Student Loan Program.

3. If you are a Mississippi resident, click Apply for State Aid to view the state aid and awards information. There you can view all of the policies that pertain to each type of award and complete the online application process. Remember, apply early since there are specific deadlines for each type of award.  

4. Apply for EMCC scholarships. Apply for EMCC Scholarships and the Tuition Assistance Application and submit them to the EMCC Financial Aid office.

5. If you are interested in Federal Direct Student Loans, you must complete the FAFSA and then contact one of EMCC's Lion Central Offices for a loan application packet. You may contact the Scooba office at 662.476.5079 or the Golden Triangle office at 662.243.1920.
First-time Direct Loan Borrowers must also complete both of these processes:
        Returning Direct Loan Borrowers:  Complete the


      and contact Lion Central for a loan application. 


6. Recommended deadlines for having the Financial Aid application submitted and completed are:
  • Fall Term: August 1   
  • Spring Term: January 2 

7. Applications submitted or incomplete after these dates may result in students being unable to purchase textbooks and supplies.
If you have questions, feel free to contact Lion Central. Please be aware that during peak times phone lines can get extremely busy. We appreciate your patience. Feel free to email us directly at
Scooba Campus - 662.476.5079
Golden Triangle - 662.243.1920