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Prospective Students

Looking for a leading university that will enrich your life?  Consider summer classes at Mississippi State University, where you’ll get a solid educational foundation that helps prepare you for a successful future. 

By enrolling in the 2020 edition of MSU Summer Advantage, you’ll discover more ways than ever to launch your college career. Our online courses emphasize the high-quality instruction, student-centered curricula, interactive learning, and collaborative study activities. 

And students can count on our outstanding faculty to go the extra mile to ensure they feel confident during the transition to a four-year university.

For adult learners who have completed a technical associate degree program and are looking to advance their careers, check out our Bachelor of Applied Science degree program:

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Summer Advantage Overview

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the dates for 2020 Summer Sessions?

Summer Ten Week Term:
June 1 – August 4

Summer First Term:
June 1 – June 29

Summer Second Term:
July 6 – August 4

What classes and professors will be available this summer?

Access MSU’s expanded courses for Summer 2020

While new incoming students and prospective students are not eligible to attend Maymester, they may apply for any of our other online summer courses at our multiple campus options. New students should select Starkville, Gulf Coast or Meridian.

Current students may choose from an array of summer courses based on your campus of record, which is noted in the General Student Information tab in Banner. Maymester courses are open to all current students. Please reference this table below to determine which campuses you are eligible to register for, depending on your campus of record.

  Campus Offering the Online Course
First, Second and Ten Week Sessions
Students' Campus of Record Starkville Meridian Online Gulf Coast
Starkville Can register Can register Can register Can register
Meridian Can register Can register Can register Can register
Online Cannot register Cannot register Can register Cannot register
Gulf Coast Can register Can register Can register Can register

Be sure to check the Master Class schedule regularly as courses may be added right up to the first day of classes.

What are the tuition rates?

MSU’s affordable summer tuition rates are available to all current, new and prospective students. Fees for undergraduate and graduate-level courses for all campuses, including Starkville, Meridian, Gulf Coast and Online, are included in the table below.

Summer rates do not include the Capital improvement fee of $4.17/credit hour. The CVM Technology fee is not discounted, and the Instructional Support fee and other applicable distance fees for Online students are not discounted.

Student Type Summer 2020 Fee/per credit hour
Undergraduate - resident $300.00
Undergraduate – non resident $400.00
Graduate – resident $400.00
Graduate – non resident $534.00

Additional information can be found at Controller's Tuition page.

Any questions may be emailed to

Can I use my current scholarships?

Current students may use summer as one of their scholarship semesters. This option is recommended ONLY if you plan to take a full load of 12 hours or more since scholarships in the summer will count against your total. If you wish to do so, please contact the Scholarship Office at

What kind of financial aid is available? 

Students who register for MSU’s summer classes may be able to utilize financial aid assistance to help cover their educational cost should they elect to do so. 

For the purpose of awarding student financial assistance, summer is considered to be the end of the financial aid year. Therefore, individual aid eligibility for the summer is based on each student’s remaining annual limits for federal grants and loans. 

Students needing financial aid assistance for the summer term should complete the 2019/2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and enroll in at least six credit hours. The Financial Aid Office will then identify each of these students, do an analysis of the student’s aid package, and make an award to the student. 

New students for Fall 2020 who are taking summer classes must complete the 19/20 FAFSA (for the summer 2020 term) as well as the 2020/2021 FAFSA (fall 2020 spring 2021 terms). Both FAFSA’s are available online at

For financial aid summer awards, please see details in the table below.

Type of Aid Basic Qualifications Award Amounts
Pell Grants Enroll in at least 6 credit hours. Complete the 2019-20 FAFSA. Have an EFC less than 5,000. Up to $6,195 for full-time enrollment
Student Educational Opportunity Grants Enroll in at least 6 credit hours. Complete the 2019-20 FAFSA. Be Full Pell eligible. $1,000 (funds are awarded until exhausted)
Subsidized Loans Enroll in at least 6 credit hours. Complete the 2019-20 FAFSA Have unmet need. Award varies based on student classification
Unsubsidized Loans Enroll in at least 6 credit hours. Complete the 2019-20 FAFSA. Have unmet need. Award varies based on student classification
PLUS Loans Enroll in at least 6 credit hours. Complete the 2019-20 FAFSA. Complete the PLUS application. Award varies based on cost of attendance
Forbes Loans Undergraduate student enrolled with overall GPA of 3.0 or greater. Must have completed 24 hours and enrolled in at least 6 credit hours. Up to $2,500 (funds awarded until exhausted)
Scribner Loan Have unmet financial aid need. Enrolled in at least 6 credit hours. Home address must be north Mississippi. Up to $2,500 (funds awarded until exhausted)

For more information on financial aid, please visit Student Financial Aid.

Will the lectures be synchronous? 

All classes are shown on the master schedule as TBA if they are taught via an asynchronous (go at your own pace) delivery format. Where the course opts for a synchronous delivery format, the schedule shows the day(s) and time(s) of each class session. If a course is listed as synchronous, students should be prepared to meet on the days and times indicated.

Master Schedule

What kind of internet resources are available for those who do not have internet access at home? 

A map of available free public wifi sites across the state of Mississippi is located at:
If you are unable to find reliable internet, contact the Dean of Students Office at Funding may be available to assist you in purchasing internet access.

Will I have free access to online eTextbooks? 

Students will be able to purchase textbooks as they would normally from the MSU Bookstore through online ordering at MSU Barnes & Noble will provide a 5% discount on all printed textbooks [new or used] and free shipping for all textbook orders.

Students with financial need may request support for the rental [or purchase if rental is not available] of summer textbooks from the Student Relief Fund by emailing Please provide your summer class schedule when making your request.

Can I still apply for an Accelerated Program for the fall of 2020 and register for graduate courses for the program this summer?

Yes, students can still apply for an Accelerated Program for the fall of 2020. These programs are designed to help undergraduate students earn both undergraduate and graduate credit concurrently. Students can register for graduate courses in these programs this summer while being enrolled in the Accelerated Program for the fall of 2020.

For more information, please visit the Graduate Catalog or contact the Graduate School at

Will on-campus housing be available? 

Yes, on-campus housing will be available for students who require it. Students will be asked to identify the reason they need housing accommodations such as not having a permanent residence or inability to return to a permanent residence as an international student. Students can visit to complete the housing application for Summer 2020.