We have provided various external resources to help our students find alternative ways
to pay for college, manage college expenses, and timelines to ensure that our students
are financially ready for each academic year. Below, we have provided quick links
to a few national scholarship search engines and resources on exploring external funding
options. We understand that college expenses can add up, and we want to provide our
students with as many credible options to ensure that they are making wise financial
decisions to fund their college expenses.
These resources are not administered or coordinated by The University of Southern
Mississippi and represent third party organizations. The Office of Undergraduate Scholarships
and The University of Southern Mississippi are not responsible for the application
process, funds, or monitoring of these third-party sites. Please, use your best judgment
and our office's best practice tips listed below to help identify potential fraud
Applying for Additional Scholarships:
Research the organization: Search the Better Business Bureau for complaints and reviews, call and talk to a customer
service representative (ask questions about the company history/results), ask them
to mail you an information packet if possible.
Verify the process: Reach out to the company or organization beforehand to obtain information on the
application process, timelines, disbursement methods, how to file a complaint, customer
service policies, and all other pertinent information for follow up and resolving
issues to verify legitimacy.
Do not give out sensitive information: This could be items such as social security numbers, bank information, or information
otherwise not typically asked for a scholarship offer.
Do not click on suspicious emails: Hackers can make their fraud sites look legitimate, even by using a real company’s
name in the URL. Instead, go to the company's website by typing the URL directly into
your browser. If you're still in doubt, phone the company.
Do not fill out forms in email messages asking you for personal or financial information: Only communicate these pieces of information with a company you're working with over
the phone or on a secure website.
Make sure you are on a secure Web page when entering sensitive information: Secure Web pages will have https: (note the "s") at the beginning of their Web address
instead of just http: If you use Microsoft Internet Explorer, you may also see a security
lock image in the bottom right of the browser window.
Additional resources and links can be found in the GO System under the "External"
The Academic Common Market is a tuition-savings program for college students in 15
SREB states, who want to pursue degrees that are not offered by their in-state institutions.
Students can enroll in out-of-state institutions that offer their degree program and
pay the institution’s in-state tuition rates. More than 1,900 undergraduate and graduate
programs are available.
The ACM program is not competitive or merit-based, but applicants must meet state
residency and college program requirements.
To qualify for the Academic Common Market, a student must be a resident of an SREB
member state, select a participating program that is approved for the Academic Common
Market for his or her state and be admitted unconditionally into that program.
Below are some external resources to help fund your semester abroad.