Office of Financial Aid

University of Mississippi

Ole Miss Opportunity Program

UM Oppurtunity Scholarship

The University of Mississippi is committed to providing access to quality education for students from all backgrounds. Through our Ole Miss Opportunity program, the University guarantees that eligible Mississippi resident students will receive financial aid support to cover the average cost of tuition, residence hall housing, and an allowance for meals. This program will fill the gap in funding after all federal, state, institutional, and private scholarships and grants awarded to the student have been considered.

Program Eligibility:

To be eligible for Ole Miss Opportunity, you must be a Mississippi resident, U.S. citizen, an entering freshman at the start of the fall semester, seeking a degree, and enrolled full time at Ole Miss. In addition, you must meet the following criteria:

How to Apply:

  • Submit a FAFSA by March 1 prior to the fall semester for automatic consideration—no other application form is required
  • Ensure that the FAFSA is complete by March 15 (received by the university and verified if necessary)

How Does the Program Work?

After Ole Miss Opportunity has considered all federal, state, institutional, and private scholarships and grants awarded to you, it will fill the gap in funding and cover:

  • Fall and spring semester base tuition rates for a full-time Mississippi resident student (up to 19 hours each term). The additional tuition charge for pharmacy majors is not included
  • Housing in a university residence hall (up to the standard double-occupancy rate)
  • Meals through the university, equivalent to the cost of the unlimited meal plan for fall and spring, plus $250 flex (food) funds each semester

Each student will be responsible for paying book, transportation and personal expenses. There also may be charges for special fees (i.e., study abroad or extra course fees), summer classes or intersession terms. Because Ole Miss Opportunity does not provide funding for these remaining costs, students can meet them through savings, other family resources, federal work-study or loans. The Office of Financial Aid will be happy to assist students with identifying additional funding sources for these expenses.

The amount of the Ole Miss Opportunity award may be reduced if the student’s financial need changes and/or if the student receives subsequent, additional gift aid (scholarships and/or grants).

Renewal Requirements:

Ole Miss Opportunity funding will be provided for eight regular semesters of attendance at The University of Mississippi (or until completion of the first baccalaureate degree, whichever comes first) as long as these eligibility requirements continue to be met:

  1. Annual renewal of the FAFSA by February 15 is required, and students must continue to demonstrate financial need each year
  2. The FAFSA must be complete by March 15 (received by the university and verified if necessary)
  3. Students must maintain a 2.0 resident GPA
  4. Students must remain full time and continuously enrolled

The level of funding is contingent upon the student living on campus.

Additional Questions:

If you have any further questions, please email us at or call 1-800-891-4596