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Undergraduate Scholarships

Appealing a Scholarship Status

Students can only appeal for the following scholarships through this process: Freshman Academic Scholarships, Freshman Designation-Based Scholarships, Transfer Academic Scholarships, Transfer Designation-Based Scholarships, and admissions-based scholarships received by continuing students at Southern Miss.

The University Appeals Committee  

Southern Miss offers a scholarship appeals process for all incoming and current undergraduate students. Appeals are submitted via the Golden Opportunity Scholarship and Competitive Program Application System (GO System). The University Scholarship Appeals Committee reviews appeals on a weekly basis during designated times throughout the academic year.  Once a decision has been rendered, students will be sent a letter to the student’s home address listed in SOAR.  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 to an existing application in the GO System, you must email scholarsFREEMississippi to notify the Office of Undergraduate Scholarships for additional review. An appeal will not be reviewed automatically once an initial decision has been rendered. Notification of additional documentation or changes to the appeal must be emailed to scholarsFREEMississippi by the stated deadlines requesting additional review of the appeal. Please include your student ID number.

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 provided by the student explaining the student’s circumstance and why an exception is being requested
  • 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 individual 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.

Reminder: Students cannot appeal for Luckyday Citizenship 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.

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 individual 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

Reminder: Probation status cannot be appealed.  Students will continue to receive the scholarship during the probationary period outlined in the probation letter.

Appeal Deadlines

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

  • Scholarship Requests for Spring: January 5 – January 25
  • Scholarship Requests for Summer: May 1 – May 25
  • Scholarship Requests for Fall: April 1 – August 25

Additional Information

Click here to log into the Golden Opportunity Scholarship Application System (GO System).  Once you have signed in to the GO System, click "Opportunities" and choose "Ours".  In the search engine, type "fall scholarship appeal". Follow all application instructions and make sure all documentation is submitted online for review. You must first complete the General Application in order to submit your appeal.

Click here for FAQ regarding the scholarship appeals process.

Click here to learn more about Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP), Academic Suspension, and other appeal processes. 

Contact Us

Office of Undergraduate Scholarships
Kennard-Washington (KWH) 200
118 College Drive #5011
Hattiesburg, MS 39406

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