Scholarships & Financial Aid Overview

 

Federal Aid    State Aid    Scholarship Appeals

 

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Southern Miss offers generous scholarship support to scholars, leaders, National Merit Semifinalists and Finalists and more - more than $23 million each year

 

Scholarships

 

Freshman Scholarship Requirements & Applications

  • Deadline: Dec. 1 - General freshman scholarships each year 

 

Transfer Scholarship Requirements & Applications

 


 

Federal Aid

 

The federal government is the single largest source of support to college students. All students are strongly encouraged to explore their eligibility for federal and state financial assistance.

Financial Aid Deadline

  • December 15 - Annual Priority Application Deadline

Southern Miss School Code: 002441

 


 

Mississippi Resident State Financial Aid

 

Mississippi Tuition Assistance Grant (MTAG)

Award Amount/Length of Eligibility

  • Up to $500/year for freshmen and sophomores
  • Up to $1,000/year for juniors and seniors
  • Not to exceed eight semesters of eligibility total, regardless of the dollar amount received by an individual student

Initial Eligibility Requirements

  • Cumulative 2.5 high school GPA
  • 15 ACT (national testing) or 720 SAT
  • Full-time student at an eligible Mississippi institution
  • Mississippi resident (one year)
  • Cannot receive in conjunction with full Pell Grant award

 

Mississippi Eminent Scholars Grant (MESG)

Award Amount/Length of Eligibility

  • Up to $2,500/year, not to exceed tuition and required fees
  • Not to exceed eight semesters of eligibility total, regardless of the dollar amount received by an individual student

Initial Eligibility Requirements

  • Cumulative 3.5 high school GPA
  • 29 ACT (national testing) or 1280 SAT
  • Full-time student at an eligible Mississippi institution + Mississippi resident (one year)

 

Higher Education Legislative Plan for Needy Students (HELP)

Award Amount/Length of Eligibility

  • Not to exceed tuition and required fees at a public institution
  • Not to exceed 10 semesters of eligibility total, regardless of the dollar amount received by an individual student

Initial Eligibility Requirements

  • Cumulative 2.5 high school GPA + 20 ACT (national testing) + Ability to demonstrate financial need
  • Two-year minimum average adjusted gross income of $39,500 or less + Specific high school core curriculum
  • Mississippi resident (two years)
  • Full-time student at an eligible Mississippi institution

 

Scholarship Appeals

 

All students have the right to appeal their scholarship status. Exceptions may be made in consideration of a demonstrated mitigating circumstance, such as: personal injury or illness, death in the immediate family, financial hardship*, etc., as determined by the Office of Admissions and the University Scholarship Appeals Committee.

 

Students wishing to appeal their scholarship may do so through one of the following forms:

The University Scholarship Appeals Committee has authority over all appeals, and its decisions are final, and cannot be overturned or re-appealed.

 

Appeal decisions are generally rendered within 10-14 business days, and notice of an appeal decision will be mailed to the student’s home address. Appeal decisions will not be provided via telephone to protect student privacy.

 

*Note: The University Scholarship Appeals Committee uses the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to assist in determining financial hardship. It is highly recommended to have a FAFSA on file prior to appealing for this reason.