GEER Summer Grant Program

What is the GEER Summer Grant Program?

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.

How much is the GEER Summer Grant Award?

The award will be $500 at a community college and awarded to students on a first-come, first-served basis based on when they have a complete application. Award offers will be made shortly after the application deadline passes. Awards will be paid directly to the institution.

When is the GEER Summer Application Due?

Application dates for Summer 2022:  February 1- April 30, 2022

Required document deadline: April 30, 2022

Who is Eligible to Receive GEER Summer Grant?

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

How Do You Apply?

  1. To apply, students must: 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:
    1. Preferred Residency Documents:
      • FAFSA
      • Mississippi driver’s license (can be submitted electronically during the online application).
    2. Alternate documents include:
      • State Tax Return (NOT Federal) for the current tax filing year
      • Homestead Exemption
      • Voter Registration
      • Vehicle Registration

For more information, go to https://www.msfinancialaid.org/geer/.