Click HERE or on the image above for more information on filing your FAFSA for the 2020-21 school year.

The Financial Aid office at East Central Community College strives to assist students in their efforts to obtain resources to fund their education goals through federal, state, and institutional aid.  

Awarding financial aid is a process and does takes time, so please start right away!  Submitting a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is the first step in determining eligibility for federal aid.  We have computers and personnel available in the Financial Aid office to help students with the application process, so feel free to stop by.

Apply for FSA ID
Apply for FAFSA
Apply for State Aid
Apply for Student Loan
Apply for Work Study
Financial Aid Suspension Appeal Form
In-District Tuition Scholarship
Financial Aid FAQs


Apply for Financial Aid 

As of October 1, 2018, there are now two FAFSA applications available, a 2018-19 application and a 2019-20 application. Please refer to the chart below to know which FAFSA application you should complete.  

When is the Student Attending College?

(School Year)

When Can a Student Submit a FAFSA? Which Year's Income and Tax Information is Required? Which FAFSA Application Should the Student Fill Out?

July 1, 2019 to
June 30, 2020

October 1, 2018 to
June 30, 2020
2017 2019-20

July 1, 2020 to
June 30, 2021

October 1, 2019 to
June 30, 2021
2018 2020-21

Remember, you MUST apply each academic year and now is the time to apply for next fall and spring! All students who are planning to attend college in 2020-2021 must complete the financial aid application process as soon as possible after October 1.  

RETURNING STUDENTS must reapply for financial aid each academic year.

*FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid):  Grants, work-study, loans and other programs require this application.  Apply online at (Be sure to list ECCC's school code (002404).  Be AWARE of scam websites that try to charge a fee for filling out the application. The FAFSA is ALWAYS FREE!

*Mississippi Application for Financial Aid:  MTAG, MESG, HELP and other state-funded programs require this application. Apply online at

 If you have any questions about financial aid, please contact our office at 601-635-6218. The office is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday.


THE SOONER YOU COMPLETE YOUR FAFSA, THE BETTER. The application is available now at Students who complete their FAFSA by the priority deadline of April 1 with East Central's school code will be reviewed and processed first and should be awarded before the first day of school as long as the following requirements have been met: you are registered for classes, have met all Admissions requirements, and have submitted all verification documents, as needed, to Financial Aid.

Check Your Financial Aid Status

Would you like to check the status of your financial aid and scholarships?

Log in to your myEC account at ​
Go to the "Students" tab then click on the "My Charges and Financial Aid" to see information regarding your financial aid.

*For account balance information other than what you see listed, please contact the Business Office at 601-635-6208.

Verification Documents

Were you chosen by the Department of Education for verification?

This means that you must provide our office with a little more detail regarding your application.  To find out what documents are required, please contact our office.  

You may download any requested verification documents HERE.  

You may request a Tax Return Transcript HERE.

You may request a Proof of Non-Filing Letter from the IRS by completing this FORM.

Rights and Responsibilities of Students

Do you know your rights and responsibilities as a student?  Do you know the college's Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy?  

Check them HERE.


What do I do now?

If you have completed your FAFSA:

1. Check your Financial Aid Award status on myEC to see if you have been been awarded.

2. If you have not been awarded, you may come to the Financial Aid Office to speak with a counselor about your eligibility.

  • You may see if you were chosen for verification and/or any documents are needed by checking the Financial Aid Document Tracking.
  • If you are required to submit tax information, please remember that we cannot use a copy of your tax return; it must be a tax return "transcript" from the IRS.

3. If your FAFSA has been completed withint the last 3-5 business days, please ensure that we have your application before coming to the office.

Scholarship & State Aid Issues:

1. Check Financial Aid Awards on myEC to see if the have been awarded.

2. If they are not showing up on your account, you may come to the Financial Aid Office fo speak with a counselor.

The Financial Aid office hours are 8:00am - 4:30pm* Monday - Thursday and 8:00am - 4:00pm on Fridays. During peak times, announcements will be made each afternoon regarding the cutoff time for the line for the day.
*Summer office hours are 8:00am - 4:00pm Monday - Friday.

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