Office of Financial Aid

University of Mississippi

Using Financial Aid for Independent Study (Correspondence Courses)

Requirements for Federal Title IV Financial Aid

Students planning to use independent study hours to receive any Federal Title IV financial aid such as Direct Loans, Pell Grants, Perkins Loans, or Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), must adhere to specific rules and deadlines.

To be eligible, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be enrolled as a degree-seeking student at the University of Mississippi
  • The correspondence course must apply toward the student’s degree or be remedial work
  • The Academic Dean must approve enrollment in the course and attest that it will help with progression through the program
  • Must enroll and complete the correspondence course within the semester that the hours are used for Federal Title IV financial aid.

Registration for a correspondence course is one week before on-campus classes begin for the semester and the last day to add an on-campus class for the semester. Students must meet with a Financial Aid Advisor to determine student aid eligibility.

No Title IV financial aid will be released until the midterm exam is completed (or 50% of the lessons if there is not a midterm exam). The midpoint is determined by the Department of Independent Study.

The course must be completed before the last class day of the semester.

Not completing or failing the correspondence course may cause changes in the amount of financial aid that was awarded and students may have to return funds to the University. It may also impact future financial aid awards.

Requirements for Institutional Financial Aid.

Students using only institutional financial aid (such as faculty-staff scholarship, child of faculty/staff scholarship, or Agency Banked Hours), may enroll in the correspondence course(s) at any time.

To be eligible, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Students must be enrolled in the University of Mississippi Independent Study program, or must be enrolled with degree-seeking status at the University of Mississippi.
  • Students have the enrollment period of one calendar year to complete the correspondence course, and may purchase two three-month extensions at a cost of $100.00.
  • Not completing or failing the correspondence course may cause changes in the amount of the financial aid awarded, and students may have to return funds to the University. It also may impact future financial aid awards.

To request aid, please complete the form here.