Tuition Exemptions


Mississippi State University regular benefits eligible employees (50% time or greater and whose positions are expected to be active for more than four and one-half months) are eligible to have tuition remitted for up to six (6) undergraduate or graduate credit hours per semester (fall, spring, or *summer) with a maximum of eighteen (18) credit hours per calendar year. Employees are responsible for certain required fees. Employees are eligible for this benefit on the first day of their regular employment provided the employment began on or before the last day to add courses. Employees who are adjunct or temporary status are not eligible for the Tuition Remission Program.

Veteran, Service-Member, Dependent, Spouse, Non-Resident Tuition Waiver

  • Award: Veteran and service member waiver is 100% of the non-resident tuition; Dependent waiver is 100% of the non-resident portion of tuition.
  • The veteran/service member shall complete and submit the following documentation:
    • DD214 or NGB22 or
    • Proof of current service or
    • Other documentation such as:
      • Military ID Cards
      • Active Duty Orders
      • Dependency verification documentation
  • Dependents shall complete and submit the following documentation:
    • Documentation applicable to veteran status verification
    • Dependency verification documentation

Questions should be directed to the Center for America's Veterans, (662) 325-6719, 250 Bailey Howell Drive, Mississippi State, MS 39762.

Application can be found here.

Senior Citizens

Tuition waivers are available for senior citizens who are residents of the state of Mississippi and over the age of 60. Please read the senior citizen tuition waiver policy to see if you qualify. Contact Mary Kathryn Tentoni (Morrow) to receive the appropriate forms for tuition waivers.

Out-of-State (non-resident) Tuition/Fee Exemption Scholarships - (Ref: Legal Resident Status)

Non-Resident Academic Alumni Scholarship

Graduate students who are sons or daughters of an alumnus or alumna who earned a minimum of 48 semester hours of credit or a degree from Mississippi State University and who have not received other tuition waivers are eligible for a $4,000 award applied to their non-resident tuition. Both a minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA and completion of at least nine hours of coursework each fall and spring semester are required for renewal of the award and are monitored at the end of each fall term. Less than a 3.00 cumulative GPA and/or less than nine hours completed during fall/spring semesters will result in the permanent loss of the award.

Academic Common Market

Academic Common Market out-of-state tuition waivers are available for specific academic programs for students from certain states. Application must be made first with the awarding state. The student must be a legal resident of that state and approved for a specific major at MSU. Both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply. A qualified student must maintain full time status. The waiver is 100 percent of out-of-state tuition and will remain at this level unless the student's field of study changes or a student no longer has full time status. To be eligible for the non-resident waiver during the first semester of enrollment, applications and resident verification must be submitted to and approved by the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs prior to the first day of class. For more information about submission and deadlines, please contact that office at 662-325-3742. Students seeking information on the Academic Common Market waiver should contact to the Academic Common Market at the Southern Regional Education Board, 592 10th Street NW, Atlanta , GA 30318-5776 or access the Southern Regional Education Board website at

Unpaid Balances from Previous Semesters

Any outstanding and past due amounts owed to the University must be paid in full before a student may register for additional courses. All payments received on student accounts will be applied to charges in the same order in which the charges were incurred. A student who has a hold on his/her record because of an overdue account may not receive a transcript or a diploma until the account is cleared.

Student Activities

All students by payment of tuition and required fees are eligible for use of facilities, participation in intramural sports, admission to intercollegiate athletic events, the student newspaper, student health services, and other benefits.


Billing information is generated by the 15th of each month and monthly email statements are sent out to the Official MSU Email Address (or the link provided by the student) and the statement is available via the University's myState portal at All account information is continuously available in the OnCampus Portal under student account detail. It is the responsibility of the student to maintain current email addresses in order for the statement to reach the proper mailbox.

Attorney and Collection Fees

The account of a student who does not pay fees by the end of the term may be turned over to an outside collection agency for assistance in collecting. The prevailing collection cost rate will be added to the amount owed by the student to cover the collection agency cost. If an attorney's services are needed to collect an unpaid balance, the student will be responsible for payment of the attorney's fees, plus all court and other collection cost incurred.

Housing Fees

Information pertaining to housing may be obtained by contacting the Department of Housing and Residence Life, P.O. Box 9502 , Herbert Hall, Mississippi State, MS 39762, telephone 662-325-3555, or by e-mail at