The Millsaps Office of Financial Aid is committed to joining with students' families to make a Millsaps education as affordable as possible. Most students who enroll at Millsaps receive financial assistance from us; in fact, more than 95% of this year's entering students received some kind of assistance.
There are several types of aid available to you.
Academic scholarships at Millsaps are competitive and are awarded without regard to financial need. From the Millsaps Presidential Scholarships to smaller, specialized endowed scholarships, all our awards seek to recognize outstanding achievement and/or potential for success in a collegiate setting. In order to be considered for academic scholarships at Millsaps, the Application for Admissions and Scholarships (or the Common Application) is the only document needed. Paper applications are available by calling the Millsaps Admissions Office at 800-352-1050. Be sure to postmark the application or apply online by the appropriate deadline to ensure maximum scholarship consideration.
Millsaps Presidential Scholarships - $21,000 to $25,000 renewable*
Outstanding students with demonstrated records of excellent academic performance are candidates for Millsaps Presidential Scholarships. Submit the Undergraduate Application for Admission or the Common Application.
Second Century Scholarships and Millsaps Awards - $10,000 to $20,000 renewable*
Millsaps Awards and Second Century Scholarships recognize students who have distinguished themselves academically and/or have made significant contributions to their schools and communities.
Music Artistic Merit Scholarships - up to $20,000 renewable*
This audition based scholarship recognizes students who excel in the music field, through voice, piano, organ, or another instrument and have high potential for making a significant contribution to music at Millsaps. Minimum requirements for continuing the scholarships are 1) participation each semester in Singers or other major performance ensemble and 2) a major in music, or a minor in music, or a concentration in music performance. An on campus audition is required of all applicants. Interested students are strongly encouraged to apply for admission by the Early Action Deadline of December 1. Visit the scholarships page for the Department of Music for more information about preparing an auditions at http://www.millsaps.edu/academics/music_scholarships.php.
Millsaps Studio Art - up to $20,000 renewable*
This scholarship is awarded to students who are interested in majoring in art. This scholarship will be awarded based on an on-campus portfolio review or an interview. Interested students should apply for admission by the Early Action Deadline of December 1. Candidates should visit the Fine Arts Audition page to obtain specific requirements for the audition.
Millsaps Art History Scholarship - up to $20,000 renewable*
This scholarship is awarded to students who are interested in majoring in art history. This scholarship will be awarded based on an on-campus portfolio review or an interview. Interested students should apply for admission by the Early Action Deadline of December 1. Candidates should visit the Fine Arts Audition page to obtain specific requirements for the audition.
Music Ensemble Scholarships - $500 - $3,000 renewable*
This scholarship is for students who would like to participate in music while at Millsaps, but do not plan on majoring in music. An on campus audition is required of all applicants. Interested students should apply for admissions by the Early Action Deadline of December 1. Renewal is contingent upon continual membership in Singers or other major performance ensemble. Candidates should visit the Fine Arts Audition page to obtain specific requirements for the audition.
Sweat Summer Studies Scholarships
These scholarships (up to $2,000) allow selected students to pursue music performance during the summer at internationally/nationally recognized camps and institutes. Students are selected by audition in January. Priority goes to sophomores and juniors.
The Sweat Fellows Programs award an annual $2,000 stipend to upper class majors who are performance concentrators. The purpose is to create more practice time for upper class performance majors by releasing them for college jobs, work studies, or part time work in the community.
Art Exhibition Scholarship and Art History Scholarship - $500 - $3,000 renewable*
These awards are given to students who are willing to contribute in a significant and meaningful way to the Art Department, but do not plan to major in art or art history. Awarding of the scholarships is based on an on campus portfolio review and/or interview. Interested students should apply for admissions by the Early Action Deadline of December 1. Candidates should visit the Fine Arts Audition page to obtain specific requirements for the audition.
Theatre Ensemble Scholarship - $500 - $3,000 renewable*
This scholarship is awarded to students who demonstrate the potential to significantly contribute to the Theatre Department. An on campus audition is required of all applicants. Interested students should apply for admissions by the Early Action Deadline of December 1. Candidates should visit the Fine Arts Audition page to obtain specific requirements for the audition.
Jonathan Sweat Music Scholarships - $2,000 to $4,000 renewable*
These scholarships are for students who commit to a major in music. Named for emeritus professor Dr. Jonathan Sweat, these scholarships recognize students who demonstrate extraordinary potential to excel in music performance. Renewal is contingent upon a successful student record of quality performance at Millsaps College. Requires audition on Fine Arts Audition days.
Business, Pre-Medical Studies, Science & Pre-Ministerial Scholarships - Up to $3,000 renewable*
These awards are for students intending to major in programs related to business, medicine, or the ministry and are based on students' demonstrated academic excellence.
Charles and Eloise Else Scholars Program - $3,000 renewable*
Submit admission application by postmark deadline February 1.
E.H. Sumners Grant - Up to full tuition; renewable*
Submit admission application by postmark deadline February 1.
*Note: All renewable scholarships are contingent on meeting specific eligibility criteria provided with the award. The awards are renewable for three years, to a maximum total of four years of full-time enrollment at Millsaps College.
If an accepted student is eligible to be considered for multiple awards from the following list, the student will receive the award with the highest monetary value: Presidential Scholar, Second Century Scholar, Millsaps Award, Music Artistic Merit Scholarship, Millsaps Studio Art Scholarship, Millsaps Art History Scholarship, E. H. Sumners Grant, Millsaps Methodist Merit Scholarships, Tuition-Exchange Benefit, and Staff/Faculty Tuition Benefit.
The Major Minds of Mississippi Scholarship Program is available exclusively for Mississippi students entering the college in fall 2013. Eligible students are awarded a minimum of $22,000 per year in scholarship funds. Scholarship funds may be awarded from multiple scholarships. To be eligible, students must have a 3.80 unweighted grade point average on the 4.00 scale in high school as of the end of the junior year (the gpa must be maintained throughout the senior year), achieved a composite score of 28 or higher on the ACT or 1260 or higher composite score (critical reading + math) on the SAT (scores can be from multiple test dates), be a resident of the state of Mississippi, and be accepted for admissions to Millsaps. Transfer students are not eligible for the program. Find out more.
John Wesley Scholarship
The John Wesley Scholarship is worth 1/2 the cost of tuition, fees, and room and board. This scholarship is awarded to United Methodist students, admitted to Millsaps College, who have a completed admissions application by December 1 and who have an ACT score of 26 or above (1170 SAT) with a minimum GPA of 3.5. To apply for Wesley Scholarship, a recommendation letter verifying church membership should be sent from the student's Minister or Youth Minister by December 1. The John Wesley Scholarship locks in at the rates above based on the student's first year costs.
Dollars for Scholars
The United Methodist Higher Education Foundation (UMHEF) will provide a $1000 matching scholarship to the first eligible 325 applicants on a first-come,first-served basis. The sponsoring church must remit a check payable to UMHEF for $1,000 with the completed application form. Candidates must be enrolled or enrolling as a full-time student in the fall semester, in a UM-related college, university, or seminary and be an active member of the UMC for at least one year. Upon verification of enrollment UMHEF will transfer $2,000 to the institution. Only one application per church will be accepted. Only one application per student will be accepted. All information must be completed in order to be considered.
Millsaps United Methodist Scholarships
Submit Millsaps Application for United Methodist Scholarships by March 1 deadline. Several competitive scholarships with varied amounts are available. Application information available at www.millsaps.edu/finaid.
Second Century Scholarship
Submit admissions application
$12,500 - 20,000
E.H. Sumners Grant
Amount determined annually
Millsaps United Methodist Scholarships
Submit Millsaps Application for United Methodist Scholarships by March 1 deadline.
Several competitive scholarships with varied amounts*
*Note: If an accepted transfer student is eligible to be considered for multiple awards from the following list, the student will receive only the award with the highest monetary value: Second Century Scholarship, E.H. Sumners Grant, Tuition Exchange benefit, Staff/Faculty tuition benefit. Renewal of all scholarships is contingent upon meeting specific eligibility criteria provided with the award.
To apply for need-based financial aid, students must begin the process by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). We recommend completing this form as soon as possible after January 1, and before our priority financial aid filing date of March 1. Need-based aid recipients must reapply and requalify each year.
There are several types of need-based assistance for which you may demonstrate eligibility:
Federal Pell Grant
The Pell Grant is a federal program available to families with low income. Pell Grants are valued from $555 - 5,550 per year. The maximum amount a student can receive is subject to federal appropriations.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
This federal grant is available to students taking at least two courses, with exceptional financial need, and is valued from $200 - 4,000 per year. Awards are determined by the Office of Financial Aid.
Federal Perkins Loan
A maximum of $20,000 is available for this undergraduate federal program. Repayment and accrual of interest begin at the rate of 5% nine months after the student completes study or drops below half-time status.
Federal Direct Subsidized Loan
$3,500 available for the first year of study, and a total of $23,000 available for the undergraduate program. Repayment begins six months after the student completes study or drops below half-time status.
Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan
Valued at the same amount as a Subsidized Loan, this program expands borrowing privileges to students who do not meet the income criteria for those loans. Terms and conditions are also the same as Subsidized Loans except that the borrower must pay the accrued interest each year.
Millsaps Need-Based Grants
Amounts vary, and may range from $500 - 10,000 per year. Awards are determined by the Office of Financial Aid, and eligibility must be reestablished each year
Scholarships for Need-Based Aid
Millsaps offers these and many other endowed scholarships to students based on financial need and specific eligibility requirements: Asbury Foundation Scholarship; Kelly Gene Cook Scholarship; Hal T. and Doris B. Fowlkes Scholarship; Haining Family Scholarship; Charlotte Murray Pace Scholarship; E. H. Sumners Scholarship; Lettie Pate Whitehead Scholarship.
Applications and eligibility requirements for these and other state grants are available from the Mississippi Office of Student Financial Aid at http://www.mississippi.edu/.
Mississippi Tuition Assistance Grant: $500 - $1,000
Mississippi Eminent Scholars Grant: $2,500