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Financial Planning

CashCourse is a free, online financial education resource provided by the National Endowment for Financial Education designed specifically for college and university students. Created with input from real students and universities, CashCourse equips students with information that helps them make informed financial decisions, from orientation to graduation and beyond.
  • Visit and click "Register for a Free Account" under Students tab.
  • Fill out the registration form with your USM Email and SOAR password.
  • If prompted, enter your student ID number
  • Select Mississippi and University of Southern Mississippi from the dropdown menu.
  • Explore the Financial Tools section and begin using the CashCourse website as needed!
  • Click here to learn more about on our FAQ page.


USM Financial Literacy Badge Program

The Financial Literacy Badge Program is a great opportunity for USM students to self-study various financial literacy topics at their own pace, and have an opportunity to earn a digital Financial Literacy Badge certificate to display their hard work and eagerness to become financially responsible adults.

This non-credit USM course is offered through the Office of Undergraduate Scholarships and is free to all students. The Office of Undergraduate Scholarships has designed a specialized curriculum that will help all students improve their financial knowledge and ability to apply basic financial principles to their everyday practices. The curriculum incorporates several federal financial literacy resources into one streamlined course, including resources from and the Your Money, Your Goals: A Financial Empowerment Toolkit. 

The digital badge is easy to earn, as assignments are required through various courses and organizations at USM. The assignments completed in other course areas can be applied to your badge progress. The next step would be completing the other assignments within the designated badge curriculum and officially requesting your badge. 

Once your program request form is submitted to our office, you will be enrolled in the course located in CANVAS and will receive an email notification to your USM email address to officially accept your enrollment. Please, allow for 3-5 days from the date that you submit this form for your request to be fulfilled and the email to be sent.

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Your Money, Your Goals: A Financial Empowerment Toolkit and More

This resource is provided by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). This federal bureau regulates the offering and provision of consumer financial products or services under the federal consumer financial laws and educates and empowers consumers to make better informed financial decisions. 

Your Money, Your Goals: A Financial Empowerment Toolkit Come by our office and grab additional booklets!

The toolkit is a great workbook with 43 tools and handouts that you can complete in whole or in conveniently split sections. There are easy-to-follow directions, and recommendations on which tools to use based on your unique needs identified through the financial assessment provided within this resource. This toolkit can be accessed online with fillable pdfs, or you can come by our office and get a free copy. This toolkit can help you in the following ways:

  • Make spending decisions that can help you reach your goals
  • Order and fix credit reports
  • Make decisions about repaying debts and taking on new debt
  • Keep track of your income and bills
  • And much more!

In addition to the toolkit, we have individualized booklets that can help you learn more about a specific topic of interest. You can use these bright, interactive booklets to easily help you begin to address common financial stressors and work through strategies to reduce your financial stress. These booklets are located in the Office of Undergraduate Scholarships, along with other additional resources.

The 4 booklet titles are:

  • Behind on bills? Start with one step.
  • Debt getting in your way? Get a handle on it.
  • Want credit to work for you? Start with these steps.
  • Building your savings? Start with small goals.



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

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