Financial Support FAQ


What is the financial benefit of obtaining a degree from Mississippi State?

According to the most recent “Best Value College” MSU ranks at the top in Mississippi. According to the study, MSU graduates receive an average starting salary of $51,100, $2,600 higher than the next highest university in the rankings. The average starting salary for all Mississippi higher education graduates is $44,557. Read the most recent study at:…

Will computers be part of the tuition?

No, computers are not covered as part of tuition, however, laptops can be reserved through our MSU Libraries.  You can also use the computer labs for free at the MSU Library and Old Main Academic Center.

Can I pay tuition, room and board in monthly installments?

Yes.  You may choose to pay in full or enroll in a payment plan. The cost to enroll in the payment plan each semester is $50. The plan will split the total amount due into four payments. Students enroll in the plan after logging into the QuikPAY® system in their myState account. You will provide credit card or bank account information when enrolling in the plan to allow payments to be automatically charged or drafted on the established due dates. For information regarding costs, understanding your bill, making payments and getting refunds, please visit 

How do I get a financial hold on my account removed?

All charges on your student account must be paid to register for classes, receive your transcript or receive your degree.  Your academic advisor can assist you in determining the source of the hold and directing you to the appropriate party to have it removed.  You should check for holds on your banner account at

How can I find employment on campus?

Working on campus is a great option and jobs provides valuable work experience to pursue your career goals.  If you are seeking FWS jobs on-campus and off-campus check the Job Vacancy Board at the Department of Student Financial Aid or visit the Career Center online at  These postings are updated daily.

Does MSU offer graduate degree program assistance for students? If so, what departments are they in?

Graduate students are eligible to apply for a research, teaching and service assistantship. Many of the assistantships provide monthly stipends and a portion of tuition.  For more information about assistantships visit 

What do I do if I am facing financial difficulties?

The first step is to not suffer in silence.  We have several resources to assist you if you run into financial difficulties.

  • Bully’s Closet and Pantry is a free resource that provides nutritious food, basic personal necessities, and professional clothing for any MSU student in need.  
  • Block by Block is a program that provides short-term assistance by allocation meals to students in need.  If you are an active student (currently enrolled) and do not have a valid active meal plan or flex dollars, you are eligible to apply and take part in the Block by Block Program. The Dean of Students Office will review the application, determine eligibility, and notify you with a decision. If you qualify, your card will be loaded with 15 block meals (15 meals) that can be used at the Perry Cafeteria and/or the Fresh Food Company.
  • Through the MSU Student Relief Fund, the Dean of Student’s Office assess the needs and administers funds for acute crisis situations that may impact students’ ability to succeed academically.  The funds have a di