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

Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund Summer Grant Program

IMPORTANT NOTICE:  If you have been offered a GEER Summer Grant, your grant will be disbursed directly to the institution in June after your enrollment has been verified by the institution.
The institution will report enrollment for all summer terms (Summer I, Summer II, Full Summer, etc.) by June 6 at the latest.  If you have not enrolled in at least 3 credit hours by the time your institution verifies enrollment, your award offer may be cancelled.  To ensure receipt of your award, enroll now in any summer term, and check your MAAPP dashboard to make sure the summer institution listed on your account is the same as the institution where you enrolled.
Questions about enrollment or when your institution will send the enrollment verification report should be directed to your institution.

Program Overview:

The Governor’s Emergency Education 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.


  • 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:
  • 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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