Student Organizational Funding

What is SOF? 

SOF is Student Organizational Funding. The purpose of SOF is to allow student organizations to go beyond financial limitations to better the experience for all its members and the Southern Miss Community.

Funding is available to all student organizations registered with the Leadership and Student Involvement Office who meet requirements for SOF. 


Spring 2019 SOF Timeline

REQUIRED SOF Information Sessions: 

·         Tuesday January 29th 8:30am

·         Wednesday January 30th 2:00pm

·         Friday February 1st 3:00pm

·         Monday February 4th 2:00pm

·         Thursday February 7th 8:30am

Applications Open: February 4th-March 1st

Interviews: March 18th-22nd

SOF Notifications: April 23rd 

Appeal Window: April 24th-30th

Appeal Meetings: May 1st-3rd 


We want SOF! What do we do now? 

1. Information Session: In order to be considered for SOF, an organization President AND Advisor must attend an information session. If you have time conflicts and cannot attend an Information Session, contact President Pro Tempore Caroline Carney at caroline.carney@usm.edu. 

2. Application: Each student organization must fill out an SOF application. If you are president of more than one student organization, you will fill out separate applications for each organization. If one student organization is applying for multiple events, each event must have a separate application. Applications will be available here on February 4th. 

3. Interviews: Each student organization must sign up for a 15-minute interview slot. The sign-up link is in the application. Minimally, the student organization president and one other officer must be present. If you are president of more than one student organization, you will sign up for one slot per organization. Student organizations applying for multiple events should also sign up for onetime slot. 

4. Deliberations: Deliberations will be conducted by the Budgets and Appropriations committee. 

5. Decisions: All organizations will be notified of SOF decisions via email on April 23rd.

6. Appeals: You have up to 5 days after you receive your decision to appeal with the Vice President of Student Affairs. Instructions on the appeal process will be emailed with your funding decision. 

7. Claiming Funds: In order to collect awarded funds, you must fill out and submit the online purchase request form no less than three weeks before the funds need to be used. A link to this form will be emailed with your funding decision. 


If you have any questions or concerns, please contact President Pro Tempore Caroline Carney at caroline.carney@usm.edu.