FAITH Scholarship

FAITH Scholarship
State Rep. Bill Kinkade Fostering Access and Inspiring True Hope Scholarship

Program Overview:

Created by the Mississippi Legislature in 2022, the Representative Bill Kinkade Fostering Access & Inspiring True Hope (FAITH) Scholarship awards scholarships up to the full cost of attendance for current and former foster youth to attend college in Mississippi.

Rules and Regulations:

FAITH Rules and Regulations

Important Dates:

  • Application dates: October 1- September 15

First-Time Applicants Must:

  • Be a legal resident of the State of Mississippi for one year prior to application.
  • Complete the Mississippi Aid Application (MAAPP) by September 15 during the fall of the aid year for which the student is seeking aid.
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Apply through CPS for an Educational and Training Voucher (ETV) if eligible to apply.
  • Be younger than 25 by October 1 of the aid year for which the applicant is applying.*
  • Meet at least one of the following criteria:
    • Have been in legal custody of the Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services (CPS) at any time since age 13.
    • Have lived in a qualified residential childcare agency (Mississippi Baptist Children’s Village, Sunnybrook Children’s Home, or Berean Children’s Home) at any time since age 13.
    • Have been adopted from the legal custody of CPS or a qualified residential childcare agency at any time since age 13.
  • Enroll at least part-time (minimum 6 hours) at an approved postsecondary institution in Mississippi in a program of study leading to an undergraduate certificate or degree.

*If the applicant was on active-duty status in the U.S. Armed Forces for any time before the applicant reached age 25, the number of months served on active-duty status will be rounded up to the next higher year to determine the maximum extension of age eligibility allowed.

Renewal Applicants Must:

  • Continue to be a legal resident of the State of Mississippi.
  • Complete the Mississippi Aid Application (MAAPP) by September 15 during the fall of the aid year for which the student is seeking aid.
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Apply through CPS for an Educational and Training Voucher (ETV) if eligible to apply.
  • Be younger than 30 by October 1 of the aid year for which the applicant is applying.*
  • Make satisfactory academic progress toward a certificate or degree with a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA.
  • Enroll at least part-time (minimum 6 hours) at an approved postsecondary institution in Mississippi in a program of study leading to an undergraduate certificate or degree.

*If the applicant was on active-duty status in the U.S. Armed Forces for any time before the applicant reached age 25, the number of months served on active-duty status will be rounded up to the next higher year to determine the maximum extension of age eligibility allowed.

Award Amount:

  • The annual award is equal to the student’s total Cost of Attendance (COA) less all other grant aid.
  • Participants attending a private institution will receive an award amount equal to the average of the prior year’s published undergraduate COA of all public institutions less all other grant aid.
  • The annual award includes any costs associated with room and board during institutional holidays at the student’s institution if such accommodations are available and utilized.

Length of Eligibility:

  • A maximum cumulative amount is not established, but a recipient may receive FAITH for a maximum of 5 calendar years.*
  • FAITH Scholarships will be paid for no more than seventy-two (72) credit hours at a community college or one hundred forty-four (144) credit hours at a four-year college.

*If a recipient experiences a break in enrollment to serve on active-duty status in the United States Armed Forces, the number of months served on active-duty status in the United States Armed Forces will be rounded up to the next higher year to determine the maximum length of eligibility extension allowed.

(Note: No student may receive undergraduate grant aid through more than one state-supported undergraduate grant program in the same term of enrollment. If a student is eligible for aid through multiple grant programs, the student shall be awarded from the program that awards the larger sum.)

To Apply – New Applicants:

  1. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  2. Complete the MAAPP. The online application must be completed each and every academic year for which the applicant seeks aid.
  3. Apply through CPS for an Educational and Training Voucher (ETV) if eligible to apply. Proof of this application will be automatically supplied by CPS.

To Apply – Renewal Applicants:

Renewal Applicants are applicants who have previously received an award through the program.

  1. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  2. Complete the MAAPP. The online application must be completed each and every academic year for which the applicant seeks aid.
  3. Apply through CPS for an Educational and Training Voucher (ETV) if eligible to apply. Proof of this application will be automatically supplied by CPS.

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