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Undergraduate Scholarships

Understanding Basic Costs

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Step 1: Review Basic Costs

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)

$10,896 (Nonresident)

 

Campus** Housing

(Century Park)

 $7,136

Meal Plan**

(Black and Gold Plan)

$3,850
Estimated Textbook Costs***  $1,500
Total

$21,382 (MS Resident)

$23,382 (Nonresident)

 

*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.

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Step 2: Apply and Accept All University Scholarships in the GO System

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”. 

  • Utilize the search bar feature to narrow down results by academic programs, student organizations, service opportunities, etc. 
  • Some student programs and student organizations offer scholarships for their participants.

GO System FAQ

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Step 3: Apply for State of Mississippi Financial Aid

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.

Apply for MS Aid

MS Aid FAQ 

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Step 4: Complete Your FAFSA (Federal Aid) Application

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.

Complete Your FAFSA

Financial Aid FAQ 

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Step 5: Explore External Scholarships through Credible Search Engines

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.

There may be other opportunities from external resources. A good rule of thumb is to apply for all scholarships available. Even a small $100 scholarship could help cover one or two textbooks. 

Learn More

External Resources FAQ

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Step 6: Alternative Loans 

Now that you have exhausted external scholarships or “Gift-Aid”, research external loans or “Self-Help Aid”.

Alternative Loans

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Step 7: Pay Remaining Balance

If you still have a remaining balance be prepared to pay before the University deadline.

Utilize personal funds and/or private loans to supplement any financial gaps.

Learn More

 Payment Policy

 Helpful Resources

Reminder: FAFSA reported information is used in consideration for various scholarship awarding processes. 

Contact Us

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

Hattiesburg Campus

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Email
scholarsFREEMississippi

Phone
601.266.4540