We have some great news for incoming freshman who will graduate from high school May 2022 regarding our Freshman Academic Excellence Scholarships! For all other freshman scholarships, please visit our current page here. We will have a full update soon!
Freshman scholarships are available to students the fall semester immediately following high school graduation. To be considered, you must be admitted by DECEMBER 1. A completed admission file includes an application for admission, the $45 application fee, your high school transcript, and ACT or SAT scores. A current Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required for all undergraduate scholarships.
The Southern Miss priority date for financial aid is December 15.
* University of Southern Mississippi will now be using ACT superscores provided directly from ACT.org for admission and scholarship purposes.
* A new Academic Housing Scholarship for students with a 3.0 or higher high school core gpa and 33 or higher ACT superscore/SAT equivalent.
For Freshman Academic Scholarships, Designation-Based Scholarships, and Competitive Scholarships, only standardized test scores (ACT or SAT) earned through December of student's senior year will be considered.
High school students with dual enrollment credit will still be considered for freshman scholarships as long as they are attending Southern Miss the fall semester immediately following high school graduation. Being dual enrolled does not qualify you for any Transfer Academic Scholarships administered through or office.
DECEMBER 1: Students admitted to The University of Southern Mississippi by this date will be automatically considered for the Freshman Academic Excellence Scholarship and Academic Housing Scholarship.
MAY 1: Students must accept the Academic Excellence Scholarship and the Academic Housing Scholarship in the GO System.
Students will receive the first round of scholarship and financial aid award notifications by January of their senior year.
For students taking the December standardized test during their senior year, official scores must be submitted to the Office of Admissions by February 1 for scholarship consideration. Notifications regarding an updated scholarship offer will be mailed in February.
Note: Tuition rates are subject to change without notice by the Board of Trustees of the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning.
|Academic Credentials||Academic Excellence Scholarship Discount|
|30 - 36 ACT and High School Core GPA of 3.0 or higher||Full value of tuition|
|27 - 29 ACT and High School Core GPA of 3.0 or higher||
($3,500 per sem)
|24 - 26 ACT and High School Core GPA of 3.0 or higher||
($2,500 per sem)
|21 - 23 ACT and High School Core GPA of 3.0 or higher||
($1,500 per sem)
|Academic Credentials||Housing Requirements||Scholarship Amount|
|33 - 36 ACT/SAT equivalent and high schoolc core GPA of 3.0||Must live on campus during freshman year||Full value of the cost for a double occupancy room only (estimated cost for freshman housing is $7,752 per year/$3876 per semester)|
* This scholarship does stack with Academic Excellence Scholarship
* Freshman housing is assigned by the Department of Housing and Residence Life.
* Students not living on campus during the freshman year of enrollment forfeit the Academic Housing Scholarship.