Governor’s Emergency Educational Relief Fund Summer Grant Program (GEER)

Governor’s Emergency Educational Relief Fund Summer Grant Program

The GEER Application opens on February 1, 2022.

Program Overview:

The Governor’s Emergency Educational Relief Fund Summer Grant Program (GEER) is designed to make one-time supplemental grants during the Summer 2022 term to continuing college students affected by the pandemic.  The summer grants will help students stay on track for graduation or catch up if they have fallen behind.

Rules and Regulations: 

GEER Rules and Regulations

Important Dates:

Application dates for Summer 2022:  February 1, 2022  through April 30, 2022
Document deadline:  April 30, 2022
Awards will be made on a first-come, first-served basis.

Eligibility:

  • Be a Mississippi resident
  • Be a continuing college student with at least 12 hours as of Fall 2021 that do not include high school/dual enrollment credits
  • Have a minimum 2.0 cumulative college GPA
  • Complete the GEER application
  • Complete the 2022-2023 FAFSA and have an EFC below 15,000
  • Be enrolled in at least 3 hours in a first certificate, associate’s, or bachelor’s degree program during Summer 2022

Award Amount and Length of Eligibility:

  • Award offers will be made shortly after the application deadlines passes.
  • Community college recipients will receive up to $500 for Summer 2022.
  • Four-year college recipients will receive up to $1,000 for Summer 2022.
  • Awards are paid directly to the institution.

To Apply:

  1. Complete the online application (opens February 1, 2022). To be considered for GEER, students must complete the GEER application, even if they have already completed a 2022-2023 Mississippi Aid Application.
  2. Complete the 2022-2023 FAFSA
  3. Submit required supporting documents. New applicants and some renewal applicants with a break in enrollment will be required to submit two forms of residency documentation:
Preferred Residency Documents:
  • FAFSA
  • Mississippi driver’s license (can be submitted electronically during the online application)
Alternate Residency Documents Accepted:
  • State Tax Return (NOT Federal) for the current tax filing year. Dependent students would provide a signed copy of the first two pages of the parent’s return. Independent students would provide a signed copy of the student’s return. Am I dependent or independent?
  • Homestead Exemption
  • Voter Registration
  • Vehicle Registration

Note: Our office receives FAFSA results electronically for all Mississippi residents. When possible, the state tax return or Mississippi driver’s license pending document will be replaced by the FAFSA.

How to Submit Supporting Documents

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3825 Ridgewood Road Jackson, MS 39211-6453 1-800-327-2980 (toll-free in MS) or 601-432-6997

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