Southern Miss Gulf Coast’s Office of Financial Aid and Veterans Affairs guides students in finding and applying for opportunities to help pay for education at Southern Miss. The office has information about scholarships, grants, loans, and veterans’ educational benefits. The office operates under the auspices of the federal, state, and institutional regulations for the respective programs.

The financial aid and veterans affairs information provided applies to all students regardless of the campus attended.

Stop by our office on the Gulf Park Campus, Hardy Hall Room 230. Let us help you find a way to reach your educational and career goals.


FAFSA Time 2018-2019

The 2018-2019 FAFSA will be available starting October 1, 2017.  This is for the academic year Fall 2018, Spring 2019, and Summer 2019. It will utilize the 2016 year tax information. Learn how this will help students

Spring Financial Aid

Students who wish to receive federal financial assistance for the spring semester that did not have aid at Southern Miss during Fall 2018 must complete the 2017-2018 FAFSA and a spring application on SOAR. Learn more here.

Loan Processing
If you have never received a Federal Direct Stafford Loan but plan on doing so for the 2017-2018 school year, you must complete Entrance Loan Counseling and a Master Promissory Note online at You will need your FSA ID  you used to complete the FAFSA in order to complete these steps.

New Legislative Changes to State Financial Aid for 2017-2018

Important Dates

Key dates for students enrolling for the 2018-2019 year:

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid for 2018-2019 is available online beginning October 1, 2017.

Apply for Foundation Scholarships for 2018-2019.  The deadline to apply is February 15, 2018.  You may apply online at


Apply for 2018-2019 scholarships from the State of Mississippi.  Several scholarships have a March 31, 2018 deadline. Deadline for MTAG and MESG is September 15, 2018.