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Helping Scholars Take Control of Their F.L.I.G.H.T.

gOur Research: Financial Insecurity and Academic Success

Each year The University of Southern Mississippi participates in a national financial wellness survey to gauge the financial needs of our students outside of funding their educational expenses. With the help of Trellis Strategies, we are able to identify key points of financial need to help us provide more scholarships, gain campus resources through state and federal grants, and build campus resource centers that cater to the needs of our students having a stable and successful student life experience as they soar in their academics. 

Trellis Strategies is a leading strategic nonprofit research and consulting firm focused on advancing postsecondary education and strengthening the workforce. Their commitment is to provide unparalleled insights into the modern learner experience, spanning from application through graduation. Leveraging over four decades of experience in serving higher education institutions and assisting students in navigating intricate processes, Trellis Strategies’ dedicated team possesses the knowledge, insight, and expertise to empower organizations to turn data into impactful action and tangible results.

"We are dedicated to the belief that education serves as the cornerstone for unlocking new opportunities, fostering individual economic  mobility, and growing community prosperity. For more information, visit our website:"

About Southern Miss' Financial Literacy Insight, Growth, Help, and Teachings Initiative

The F.L.I.G.H.T. (Financial Literacy Insight, Growth, Help and Teachings) initiative is devoted to assisting the Southern Miss community on their journey toward becoming financially stable. Financial wellness is a core pillar for student success at Southern Miss. For many students, they are obtaining their first jobs, living on their own for the first time, trying to help provide for their families, buying or saving for their first automobiles, and juggling various other financial obligations alongside financing their education. Although scholarships can supplement, and in some cases fully finance, a student’s college education, personal finances will always be a factor in their long-term success. We want our students to become financial stable and receive the economic support necessary for success through USM, local, state, and federal resources.

We offer educational services only such as coaching sessions, workshops, and events. We do not provide investment, legal, or tax advice. The information provided is for general educational purposes only, and is not intended to substitute for the advice of your investment, legal, and/or tax advisors or to be the basis of specific trading or investment activities. If you need investment, legal, and/or tax advice, please consult with a professional.

Common Topics:  

  • Understanding your financial behavior,
  • Creating financial plans,
  • Building and using credit,
  • Finding scholarships and understanding financial aid,
  • and more!

Become a F.L.I.G.H.T. Ambassador

F.L.I.G.H.T Ambassadors is a registered student organization through the Office of Leadership and Student  Involvement designed to enhance the financial wellness of Southern Miss students. Our Ambassadors utilize research and a peer-to-peer education model to increase the knowledge of financial awareness across campus. They provide financial education and awareness to students through presentations, individual coaching sessions, outreach tables and resource referrals. Their purpose is to teach and promote financial literacy campus-wide, so students feel empowered to achieve their financial goals. We believe that no one understands the needs and concerns of students better than fellow students! 

F.L.I.G.H.T. Program

Students interested in completing a customized, self-paced financial literacy program can opt to complete this learning pathway at their own pace and earn a free t-shirt. Students get to choose their own lessons in iGrad and campus activities based on their own financial needs.

Self Help Library

A collection of credible financial forms, platforms, and toolkits to enhance your overall financial knowledge. This link provides access to quick guides and external resources that community members and explore on their own to begin developing healthy financial habits. 

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Contact Us

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

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