Students and families ask us how to understand costs at Southern Miss. The question most commonly asked is, “How do I figure out the bottom line?” Use the charts below to determine an estimated review of basic expenses versus financial opportunities.
The expected amount to be paid by a student when he or she attends Southern Miss. Calculate your bottom line: (Expenses) minus (Gift-Aid plus Self-Help Aid) equals your bottom line. Students should be aware of indirect costs that may occur while in school.
* Due to IHL policy, students are unable to receive two scholarships for the same designation (ex: two tuition or two housing scholarships). Contact the Office of Undergraduate Scholarships at 601.266.4540 with specific questions regarding your circumstance.
|Tuition & Fees||Annual Amount|
Tuition & Fees (MS Resident)*
Tuition & Fees (Nonresident)****
$8,896 (MS Resident)
(Black and Gold Plan)
|Estimated Textbook Costs***||$1,500|
$21,382 (MS Resident)
*The amounts shown here are calculated on the estimated tuition rates for the 2019-20 academic year. Tuition rates are subject to change with the approval of IHL and/or University policy.
*Includes capital improvement fee of $35 each fall/spring semester and student activities fee of $20 each fall/spring semester.
** Meal Plan and Campus Housing costs vary by student. The Black and Gold Plan is the basic meal plan for students residing on campus and Century Park is the newest freshman residence hall.
***Textbook costs vary by student. Based on a campus-wide survey to all Southern Miss students, $750 was the average cost per semester.
****Includes nonresident fee of $1,000 per fall/spring semester, capital improvement fee of $35 each fall/spring semester, and student activities fee of $20 each fall/spring semester.
Students can login to SOAR with student ID (wXXXXXXXX) and password. View financial opportunities offered for each academic year by selecting the Financial Aid tile. Pay attention to acceptance deadlines. Once you have a list of all financial opportunities that have been offered, you can use this total to help calculate your bottom line.
Upon admission to Southern Miss, students should complete the Golden Opportunities Scholarship Application System (GO). Once a general application is submitted, students can also apply for other recommended opportunities listed in “My Applications”.
Mississippi residents can apply for gift-aid through the state of Mississippi. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will now link you directly to the Mississippi Office of Student Financial Aid, or you can apply separately for state of MS aid.
Southern Miss requires a current Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for all undergraduate scholarships. Why? We want to help our students maximize their opportunities for all types of financial assistance.
A student’s eligibility for federal aid is determined by the information provided on the FAFSA.
Private scholarships are typically awarded by sources not associated with Southern Miss. Examples include, but are not limited to, community organizations (Rotary, Lion’s Club, etc.) or companies. Students should submit these scholarships to Business Services.
Reminder: FAFSA reported information is used in consideration for various scholarship awarding processes.