The deadline for applying for state-funded financial aid is September 15th. The application process for the next academic years will begin January 1st.

The mission of the Mississippi Office of Student Financial Aid is to provide all qualified college and college-bound students with state-funded financial assistance, with a focus on Mississippi residents.

Follow the steps below to apply for financial aid:

  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Allow 4-6 weeks for processing time. Tougaloo College Title IV Code for the FAFSA is 002439. Complete the Tougaloo College Financial Aid Application. First-year and transfer students must submit these applications by May 1st. Students may apply electronically on the web at (a PIN number is required for you and your parent – apply online at
  • The FAFSA will generate a student aid report (SAR). Upon receipt, carefully read the instructions and review the SAR for accuracy. Make any necessary corrections, or if the SAR is accurate, keep it for your records. The Financial Aid Office will receive your information electronically.
  • If you have been selected for verification, the Financial Aid Office will notify you of the documentation required to complete your file. This would include a copy of your prior year federal income tax return as well as your parents' return, if you are a dependent student or your spouse's return, if you are married. Additional documentation may be required in some cases.
    The verification process could take up to 4 weeks to complete.
  • If the verification process results in the mandatory corrections of your information, the Financial Aid Office will resubmit your SAR electronically to the federal processor.
    The average turn around time is two weeks.
  • Once the file is complete, it will be reviewed, and if the student is eligible, a financial aid award letter will be generated. The student receives an official Award Letter listing the programs and the amounts being awarded. Award letters are required to be returned, if the student rejects any of the awards. All aid will be disbursed into two (2) equal payments for Fall and Spring semesters.
  • If you accept the loan, you will be required to sign a Master Promissory Note (MPN) for the first year that you receive the loan. Students will be notified to come in and sign the promissory note.
  • If you receive outside scholarships, it is the student's responsibility to notify the Financial Aid Office. The award will be reviewed and adjusted, if necessary, to comply with federal regulations. If the outside scholarship exceeds the unmet need remaining after college and federal aid has been used, the student's loan and/or work-study will be reduced.