Appealing a Scholarship Status

Southern Miss offers a scholarship appeals process for all incoming and current undergraduate students.  The University Scholarship Appeals Committee reviews appeals on a weekly basis during designated times throughout the academic year.  Once a decision has been rendered, incoming students will be sent a letter to the student’s home address listed in SOAR.  Current USM students will be sent an email to their USM email account. Decisions typically take 10-14 business days once the appeal has been submitted.  Decisions are based on information provided at the time the appeal was submitted. Decisions are final and will not be reviewed again unless additional documentation and details regarding extenuating circumstance are provided in the GO System. If you provide additional documentation, you must email scholars@usm.edu to notify the Office of Undergraduate Scholarships for additional review.  Note:  Additional documentation must be submitted through the GO System.  

Appeals submitted after the stated deadline will not be reviewed by the University Scholarship Appeals Committee.

  • Scholarship Requests for Spring: January 5 – February 1

  • Scholarship Requests for Summer: May 1 – June 1

  • Scholarship Requests for Fall: April 1 – September 1

 

University Appeals Committee will review the following criteria when making decisions regarding your scholarship appeal:

  • Funding availability for the particular scholarship you are appealing
  • Student’s academic record (includes, but is not limited to, records prior to enrollment at USM, academic history while attending USM, and other academic records as needed)
  • Student’s financial background through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The University Scholarship Appeals Committee will review a student's FAFSA completion status and Expected Family Contribution (EFC) for all appeals submitted.  It is highly recommended to have a FAFSA on file prior to appealing.
  • Documentation regarding a student’s extenuating circumstance (includes, but is not limited to, personal injury or illness, death in the immediate family, medical illness, and/or letter of support from high school counselor/college academic advisor explaining extenuating circumstance)
  • Letter explaining the student’s circumstance and why an exception is being requested

 

INCOMING STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP APPEALS

Incoming students must be admitted to The University of Southern Mississippi before an appeal will be reviewed. The student seeking the appeal must be the indiviudal submitting the appeal.  Parents and/or advisors should not complete the appeal form on behalf of their student. Decisions will be made based on documentation submitted at the time of an appeal.

Note: Students cannot appeal for Luckyday Citzenship Foundation Scholarship and/or Honors College Achievement Scholarships.  Recipients for these scholarship programs are determined through a competitive review process, and decisions made during the competitive review process are final.

 

The Fall Appeal Window is closed.

Click here for FAQ regarding the scholarship appeals process.

 

CURRENT STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP APPEALS

Current students must be enrolled in the amount of hours outlined by their scholarship stipulation agreement before an appeal will be reviewed. The student seeking the appeal must be the indiviudal submitting the appeal.  Parents and/or advisors should not complete the appeal form on behalf of their student. Decisions will be made based on documentation submitted at the time of an appeal.

Academic performance of students receiving undergraduate scholarships is monitored each fall and spring semester.  Recipients must comply with various stipulations in order to continue receiving these funds.  Stipulations include, but are not limited to:

  • Enrollment in required credit hours
  • USM Grade Point Average
  • Number of semesters enrolled at USM
  • Other stipulations outlined during the initial awarding process

*Probation status cannot be appealed.  Students will continue to receive the scholarship even if placed on probation.

Note: Students cannot appeal for Luckyday Citzenship Foundation Scholarship and/or Honors College Achievement Scholarships.  Recipients for these scholarship programs are determined through a competitive review process, and decisions made during the competitive review process are final.

 

The Fall Appeal Window is closed.

Click here for FAQ regarding the scholarship appeals process.

 

FINANCIAL AID SATISFACTORY ACADEMIC PROGRESS (SAP) and ACADEMIC SUSPENSION

Many students cannot stay in college without the assistance of federal financial aid, so it's important that you understand how to comply with the Satisfactory Academic Progress policy.  For more information regarding the SAP policy, please click here.

Appealing Financial Aid Suspension:  Students who decide to appeal financial aid suspension should understand that no appeal is guaranteed to be approved.  Additionally, it is very important that students who wish to do so begin the appeals process as soon as possible.  For instructions on how to appeal financial aid suspension, please click here.

Also, if an undergraduate student does not attain an established minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) based on total hours, he or she is placed on academic probation at the end of the semester.  For more information regarding academic suspension, please click here.

The student may appeal the academic suspension to return immediately by submitting a Petition for Suspension Clearance form available on the Office of the Registrar website.  The form much be signed by the chair/director of the department/school and must also be approved by the dean of the respective college. Any denials that are appealed must have all petition paperwork submitted to the Office of the Provost for review and final decision.