Student Support Services - Eligibility

To be a participant in the Student Support Services program, a student must be a citizen of the U.S. and must be enrolled at The University of Southern Mississippi. Additionally, the U.S. Department of Education stipulates that participants must fall into one or more of the following categories:

  • A first-generation college student (neither parent graduated from a four-year college or university)
  • A low income student as defined by the U.S. Department of Education
  • A student with a documented disability (learning or physical)
  • or any combination of the above.

Additionally, students must demonstrate academic need with a GPA of 3.0 or less and an ACT score of 21 or less. Other academic need criteria may also be considered. The Student Support Services program at Southern Miss is charged to serve 195 students. Students who do not meet the eligibility requirements listed above may not participate in the program. Participation will be strictly limited to 195 students.

To receive the Student Support Services program grant aid, students must be current program participants who are in their first two years of post-secondary education and are receiving a Pell Grant. Students are selected to receive grant aid based on GPA and the level of program participation over the fall and spring semesters.