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Undergraduate Scholarships

University Scholarship Appeals | FAQs

These FAQs are pertaining to students appealing the status of their Freshman Academic Scholarship, Freshman Designation-Based Scholarship, Transfer Academic Scholarship, and/or Transfer Designation-Based Scholarship at The University of Southern Mississippi. 

Appeals received after 11:59 PM on the last day of the appeal deadline window may not be reviewed by the committee, as the committee only meets during the time frame allotted per each semester. Appeal applications can no longer be submitted until the next appeal cycle; therefore students will have to appeal at that time.

Appeals and all appeal related documentation are accepted online only through the GO System. All documentation for an appeal must be included and submitted through the GO system with the online appeal application. Only documentation submitted through GO at the time of application can be reviewed and considered for rendering a decision.

Students should explain any extenuating circumstance(s) that caused a disruption to their academic progress and/or performance for the semester in question. Examples of extenuating circumstances include, but are not limited to, severe illness or the death of an immediate family member. Documentation should be attached to support the extenuating circumstance (i.e., statement from a medical or psychiatric professional, obituary to document the death of an immediate family member, letter from a professor/advisor/coach, etc.)

Committee members will look at the student’s submitted appeal application, supporting documentation, stipulation requirements, financial need (demonstrated through a student’s FAFSA status), academic performance, budgetary restrictions, and other relevant information from the student’s profile in SOAR.

The Office of Undergraduate Scholarships is responsible for notifying the student of the committee’s decision and will update the students SOAR records accordingly. All students will receive a letter at their home address provided in their SOAR account, regarding the committee’s decision. We do not give out decisions over the phone or through emails.
Appeal decisions are final and may not be reviewed again by the committee without additional documentation and details regarding extenuating circumstance. If a student is uploading new documentation to an existing appeal application, it is the student’s responsibility to notify the Office of Undergraduate Scholarships that they have submitted new documentation to a current application, as long as the appeal window is still open.
Names and departments of the committee members are not publicized. The Office of Undergraduate Scholarships coordinates the University Scholarship Appeals Committee and can be contacted at scholarsFREEMississippi if you have further questions regarding a decision.
Probationary status cannot be appealed. Students will still be granted the scholarship(s) during the semester that they are on probation to allow a chance to improve GPA. Students are only allowed one semester of academic probation. If the GPA requirement is still not met, the scholarship(s) will be cancelled going forward.
Appeal meetings are held weekly. It typically takes 10-14 business day after the appeal is submitted to receive the final decision. Appeal decisions are communicated through a letter to the student’s home address on file in their SOAR account.

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

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Email
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Phone
601.266.4540