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The University of Southern Mississippi and the Graduate School are committed to helping students reach their personal and professional goals, including financial ones.  Because graduate students face important financial choices as they pursue their studies and transition to careers, the Graduate School has provided a list of sites below designed to provide guidance on topics regarding financial literacy. 
The University of Southern Mississippi is partnering with iGrad an online platform that features videos, financial calculators, games, and other resources to help students improve their financial stability and well-being. Create a free account using your USM email address and get started by completing a Financial Wellness Checkup. Access to iGrad is one of the tools made available to Southern Miss students via the F.L.I.G.H.T. program, a financial literacy initiative administered by The Office of Undergraduate Scholarships.
The Office of Financial Aid at USM has curated a list of videos about federal financial aid.

GradSense, a financial literacy resource offered by The Council of Graduate School, is designed to help students make wise financial decisions that will support their long-term academic and professional career goals. Along with median debt and income data, GradSense provides students with loan repayment advice, spending tips, and career guidance. 

Federal Student Aid is a one stop shop for all kinds of information regarding your finances while in school. You can learn how to spot scams and deceptive loan practices, as well get some helpful tips for managing your money on a student budget.

The Department of Education also hosts an blog, which highlights interesting topics throughout the year. Be sure to check out an April 2016 post about the importance of financial literacy. was developed under the Financial Literacy and Education Commission as a national financial education website by the Department of the United States Treasury. To keep up to date about the ongoing work of The Commission, visit the Financial Literacy and Education Commission website. There you will find Commission meeting minutes, previous activities, and additional resources.