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.


New Legislative Changes to State Financial Aid for 2017-2018.

New for 2017-2018

The 2017-2018 FAFSA will be available starting October 1, 2016.  It will utilize the Prior-Prior Year tax information. Learn how this will help students

Summer Financial Aid

Students who wish to receive federal financial assistance for the summer session must complete the 2016-2017 FAFSA and a summer 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

Important Dates

Key dates for students enrolling for the 2017-2018 year:

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid for 2017-2018 is available online beginning October 1, 2016.

Apply for Foundation Scholarships for 2017-2018.  The deadline to apply is February 15, 2017.  You may apply online at


Apply for 2017-2018 scholarships from the State of Mississippi.  Several scholarships have a March 31, 2017 deadline. Deadline for MTAG and MESG is September 15, 2017.