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

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One goal of the Office of Undergraduate Scholarships is to bring financial literacy awareness to prospective and current students. The F.L.I.G.H.T. (Financial Literacy Insight, Growth, Help and Teachings) program is devoted to assisting the Southern Miss community on their journey toward becoming financially successful.

Our Three Target Areas include:

Understanding University funding and University Costs

External Scholarships and Alternative Funding

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Our vision is designed to provide a hands-on approach in financial education to prepare students, parents and the public in creating financial stability to thrive at the University and as members of the community.

 The F.L.I.G.H.T. program follows a three-point approach to bring financial literacy awareness to prospective and current students: 

  • Skill-building 
  • Education 
  • Financial relief 

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Through the F.L.I.G.H.T. Program, we have partnered with iGrad to bring financial literacy to the entire University in a cohesive and extensive platform that is easy to use. 

iGrad is an interactive, online platform that offers a suite of tools designed to provide Southern Miss students with knowledge on financial topics, including budgeting, financial aid, banking, investing and more. There are videos, calculators, articles, recommendations, games and other resources that can help them improve their finances. The platform is free to all currently enrolled students, faculty and staff. 

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It is vital for Southern Miss students to receive adequate financial literacy education since academic success and financial stability coincide. 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. 

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F.L.I.G.H.T. Ambassadors is a student organization designed to enhance the financial wellness of USM’s undergraduate students. F.L.I.G.H.T. 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. They believe that no one understands the needs and concerns of students better than fellow students! 

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******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.
 

Study on Collegiate Financial Wellness

The Study on Collegiate Financial Wellness (SCFW), previously titled the National Student Financial Wellness Study, is a multi-institutional survey of college students that examines the financial attitudes, practices and knowledge of students from all types of institutions of higher education across the United States via an online survey. The survey was administered in 2014, 2017 and 2020. To learn about the study, please visit The Ohio State University's page on the SCFW study details.

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  • Never received financial education in high school | 78.1%
  • Never met with a financial aid counselor | 58.3%
  • Never took a one-time personal finance session/workshop in college | 78.1 %
  • Never took a reoccurring personal finance course/workshop in college | 94.2%
  • Unlikely to somewhat likely could come up with $400 in the event of an emergency this year | 86.4%​​
  • Worry about affording major life plans (marriage, house, etc.) | 66.1%
  • I have enough money to participate in most of the same activities as my peers | 52.9%
  • I worry about having enough money to pay for school | 71.5%
  • After graduation, I will be able to support myself financially | 65.3%
  • I think that the cost of college is a good investment for my financial future | 64.3%
  • Neglect your academic work? | 30.2%
  • Reduce your class load? | 21.9%
  • Change your program of study? | 14.5%
  • Transfer to a different institution? | 10.7%
  • Consider dropping out of college? | 10.41%
  • Change your post-graduation plans? | 35.1%

Student Guides for Financial Navigation:

If you are planning to attend Southern Miss in the fall directly after your high school graduation, we have outlined some helpful resources to help make sure that you have the proper knowledge to secure your financial needs and prepare your student(s) in learning about basic money management. Start with learning key financial terms, deadlines and procedures for our University, and where to find corresponding information.

Every year students should complete the General Application in the GO System, apply for additional scholarships, complete a new FAFSA, and review all deadlines. In addition to these items, we also recommend the following: 

  • Apply for additional student programs through the Center for Student Success, such as Academic Coaching, Sophomore Spark, Jubilee Scholars, Transfer Student Association, and more: Many programs offered through various offices at Southern Miss offer additional scholarships to participants. Many programs offered through various offices at Southern Miss offer additional scholarships to participants.
    • Not only are these resources and programs a great asset to your development as a student, but they can also help in covering college expenses. They also provide hands on experiences and student engagement within individual campus communities.
  • Utilize our Financial Wellness resources before, during, and after college to assist with various financial needs and gaps.
  • Become actively engaged on campus and in the community by finding the right volunteer opportunity through the Inclusion and Multicultural Office
  • Explore Career Services resources, such as Job Location and Development and schedule appointments as needed
  • Visit the Center for Pathway Experiences to learn how to gain more hands on experience, while earning your degree
  • Visit our website for Nationally Competitive Programs and schedule an appointment to get started
  • Consider taking the Personal Finance 200 course offered at USM as an elective to learn more about managing your own personal finances

In addition to taking advantage of the above resources, seniors should begin planning for graduate school, interviewing for jobs, and/or preparing financially to tackle any student loan payments and personal expenses associated with life after graduation. 

  • Utilize our Financial Wellness resources before, during, and after college to assist with various financial needs and gaps.
  • Make an appointment with Career Services to cover your basis: resume, sharpen your interview skills, networking, job seeking skills
    • Attend the Career and Internship Expo,  Teacher Job Fair, and utilize Handshake through Career Services.
    • Career Services encourages students of all classifications (Freshman - Alumni) to attend the Career and Internship Expo. They believe that students should begin networking and speaking with employers as early as Freshman year, so that they can grow in their confidence with connecting to employers.
  • Review Graduate School Deadlines and Graduate Admissions processes at Graduate Admissions
  • Complete your General Application in the GO System and apply for scholarships: All University offered scholarships are located in the GO System, including scholarships for graduate students
  • View the Funding Resources tab on Graduate Admissions' website for a list of additional ways to fund your studies
  • Apply for the McNair Scholars Program (if applicable)
  • Attend the GRE Prep Bootcamp hosted by the Graduate School

Contact Us

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