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Missouri Financial Aid

State Financial Aid Programs: Missouri provides a variety of financial assistance programs to help students and their families pay for college. These programs require students to be legal Missouri residents and United States citizens, or eligible non-citizens, and may require you to file the FAFSA. Awards are based on academic merit and financial need. State assistance may not be used to pursue a degree or certificate in Theology or Divinity. Where required, FAFSA must be filed by April 1, 2011.

 

  • Access
    Missouri


  • Bright Flight
    Scholarship


  • Marguerite
    Ross
    Barnett
    Scholarship
  • Public Service
    Officer


  • Vietnam Veteran'
    Survivor Grant


  • Other Financial
    Aid Programs


 

 

Access Missouri Financial Assistance Program

This is a need-based program designed to be simple to understand, provide predictable, portable awards, and increase access to your school of choice. Your financial eligibility is determined by your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as calculated through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
To be eligible for assistance you must meet the following requirements:

Initial Students

  • Have a FAFSA on file by April 1
  • Have any FAFSA corrections made by July 31 (if you are eligible, you may add school choices until October 1, 2013 by contacting the MDHE).
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and a Missouri resident
  • Be an undergraduate student enrolled full time at a participating Missouri school.(Students with documented disabilities who are enrolled in at least six credit hours may be considered to be enrolled full time.)
  • Have an EFC of $12,000 or less.
  • Not be pursuing a degree or certificate in theology or divinity.
  • Not have received your first bachelor's degree, completed the required hours for a bachelor's degree, or completed 150 semester credit hours.

Renewal Students

  • Continue to meet the eligibility requirements for initial students.
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.5 and otherwise maintain satisfactory academic progress as defined by your school. If this is the first academic year in which you have received an Access Missouri payment, this requirement does not apply.
  • Not have received an Access Missouri award for a maximum of five semesters at a 2-year school or 10 semesters at any combination of 2-year or 4-year schools, whichever occurs first.*

*If you received Charles Gallagher or Missouri College Guarantee awards in past semesters, those semesters are counted in the 10 semester limit, along with any semester in which you receive an Access Missouri award.

How much can I receive?

Award amounts are based on your EFC and the type of school you are attending when you receive the award. If you transfer to a different school, your award amount may change based on the type of school to which you transfer.  All award amounts for the 2013-2014 academic year will be estimated until August 2013, when the amount of funding for the program and the final number of eligible students are known. Contact your financial aid office or the MDHE to see if you are eligible and to learn the estimated or actual amount of your award, depending on what time of year it is.

Awards are not available during summer terms.

How can I apply?

There is no paper Access Missouri application to fill out. Submit your FAFSA by April 1 each year. The MDHE receives electronic FAFSA records for Missouri residents directly from the federal government.

For more information, visit http://dhe.mo.gov/ppc/grants/accessmo.php


 

Bright Flight Scholarship

This merit-based program encourages top-ranked high school seniors to attend approved Missouri post-secondary schools. To be eligible, a student must:

  • Be a Missouri resident and a United States citizen or permanent resident.
  • Have a composite score on the ACT or SAT in either:
    • the top 3 percent of all Missouri students taking those tests, or
    • the top 4th or 5th percentiles of all Missouri students taking those tests.
  • Enroll as a first-time student and receive the scholarship in the academic year immediately following high school graduation, receipt of your General Education Development certificate, or completion of your secondary coursework, if home-schooled.
  • Enroll full time.
  • Submit supplemental eligibility information, if requested, by the deadline established by the MDHE.
  • Not be pursuing a degree or certificate in theology or divinity.

ACT/SAT Scores
Qualifying ACT or SAT scores must be achieved on national test dates or approved special test dates. Scores from other tests, such as residual tests administered by colleges, cannot be used. If high school seniors have taken the ACT or SAT as juniors or sophomores, those scores are acceptable as long as they are qualifying scores when the students are seniors.

Renewal Students
The scholarship may be renewed annually for up to 10 semesters or until the student has completed a baccalaureate degree, whichever occurs first. To renew, a student must:

  • Continue to meet the eligibility requirements for initial students.
  • Receive the scholarship at least one semester each academic year, beginning with the academic year immediately following your senior year in high school, receipt of the GED, or completion of your secondary coursework, if home-schooled.
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 and otherwise maintain satisfactory academic progress as defined by your school. If this is the first academic year in which you have received a Bright Flight payment, this requirement does not apply.

Individuals who have graduated from Missouri’s virtual public school, have completed a home-school program or have obtained a certificate of high school equivalence by passing the GED exam may be considered for the scholarship program.

How can I apply?

There is no Bright Flight application to complete. The MDHE will receive your ACT or SAT composite score(s), along with approved Missouri college or university choices, from your ACT or SAT assessment records. It takes approximately six to eight weeks after each national test date for the MDHE to receive assessment information.

How will I know if I am eligible?

Eligible students will receive approval letters from the MDHE for qualifying scores achieved by the June ACT and SAT test dates. Approval letters are mailed beginning in the spring of your senior year in high school. You will be notified if you did not indicate any Missouri school choices or if you provided conflicting information (for example, information indicating you are a Missouri resident but not a U.S. citizen). To safeguard your eligibility, we recommend that you always choose at least one approved Missouri school when you take the ACT or SAT, even if you plan to attend school in another state.

For more information, visit http://dhe.mo.gov/ppc/grants/brightflight.php

 

 

 

Marguerite Ross Barnett Scholarship

This need-based scholarship was established for students who are employed while attending school part-time. To be eligible, you must:

Initial Students

  • Have a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file by August 1
  • Be enrolled at least half time, but less than full time (6-11 credit hours), at a participating Missouri postsecondary school.
  • Be employed and compensated for at least 20 hours per week.
  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Be a Missouri resident and a United States citizen or a permanent resident.
  • Not be pursuing a degree or certificate in theology or divinity.
  • Not have not received your first bachelor's degree or completed 150 semester credit hours.
  • Not be employed under the Title IV College Work Study program.

Renewal Students

  • Continue to meet the eligibility requirements for initial students,
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5.
  • Otherwise maintain satisfactory academic progress as defined by your school.

How much can I receive?

The maximum semester scholarship amount is the least of:

  • The tuition charged for 6 or 9 credit hours at the school where you are enrolled part time, or
  • The amount of tuition charged to a Missouri undergraduate resident enrolled in 6 or 9 credit hours in the same class level at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Award amounts for students enrolled in 6, 7 or 8 semester credit hours, or the equivalent, will be calculated based on 6 semester credit hours. Award amounts for students enrolled in 9, 10 or 11 semester credit hours, or the equivalent, will be calculated based on 9 semester credit hours.

Your award amount may vary between semesters depending on the number of credit hours in which you're enrolled. If you transfer to a different school, your award amount may also change based on the tuition at the school to which you transfer.

Awards are provided each semester based on limited funding availability, with renewal students having priority. As a result, not all eligible students are funded.

Awards are not available during summer terms.

How can I apply?

Complete the FAFSA by August 1 each year. If your school participates, apply with your advisor in the financial aid office and provide them with a completed Marguerite Ross Barnett Employment Verification Form each year. The employment verification form may also be obtained from the school's financial aid office or by calling the MDHE at (800) 473-6757 or (573) 751-3940. If you received this scholarship last year, inform the school of your renewal status. There isn't a deadline for applying with the financial aid office but early application is encouraged.

Changes to the FAFSA will be accepted until August 1.

For more information, visit http://dhe.mo.gov/ppc/grants/rossbarnett.php

 

Public Service Officer or Employee's Child Survivor Grant Program:

This program provides tuition assistance to certain public employees and their families if the employee is killed or permanently and totally disabled in the line of duty.

To be eligible as an initial or renewal student, you must:

  • Be either:
    • A public safety officer permanently and totally disabled in the line of duty,
    • A spouse of a public safety officer killed or permanently and totally disabled in the line of duty, or
    • A child (natural, adopted or stepchild) of a public safety officer or a Missouri Department of Transportation employee engaged in the construction or maintenance of the state's highways, roads, and bridges killed or permanently and totally disabled in the line of duty;
  • Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a full time (12 credit hours) undergraduate student in a participating Missouri postsecondary school. Students with disabilities may be considered full-time when enrolled in at least six credit hours;
  • Be less than 24 years of age (applies to dependent children only);
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress as defined by the school;
  • Be a Missouri resident and a United States citizen or permanent resident;
  • Not be pursuing a degree or certificate in theology or divinity; and
  • Not have obtained a bachelor's degree.

Public safety officers include firefighters, police officers, capitol police officers, parole officers, probation officers, state correctional employees, water safety officers, conservation officers, park rangers, or highway patrolmen employed by Missouri or a political subdivision of the state.

A permanent and total disability is a disability that renders the person unable to engage in any gainful work.
If you are a dependent child, you will remain eligible through the semester in which you turn 24, unless you have already received your first bachelor's degree by that time.

How much can I receive?

The maximum semester grant amount will be the lesser of the following:

  • Actual tuition charged for 12 credit hours at the school where you are enrolled full time, OR
  • Amount of tuition for 12 credit hours charged to an undergraduate Missouri resident enrolled full time in the same class level and in the same academic major at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Awards are provided based on funding availability and are made based on the earliest application received dates. Historically, there has been enough funding to pay all eligible applicants.

Awards are not available during summer terms.

How can I apply?

Download the Public Safety Officer or Employee's Child Survivor Grant Program Application here, or contact the MDHE. Return the completed application to: Missouri Department of Higher Education, Attn: Public Safety Officer Survivor Grant, P.O. Box 1469, Jefferson City, MO 65102-1469.

There is no application deadline; however, early submission of the completed application is encouraged.  If you are applying for an initial grant, you must provide qualified certification from the employer of the deceased or totally disabled person that confirms the death or disability occurred in the line of duty.

If you are a renewal applicant, you must submit an application annually. However, the qualified certification is not required after your initial application.

The school you are enrolled in or attending must complete Section III of the application whether you are an initial or renewal applicant.

For more information, visit http://dhe.mo.gov/ppc/grants/publicserviceofficer.php

 

Vietnam Veteran' Survivor Grant Program:

Up to 12 grants are available annually to children and spouses of Vietnam veterans who served between 1961 and 1972 and whose deaths were attributed to, or caused by, exposure to toxic chemicals during the Vietnam conflict. The veteran must have been a Missouri resident when first entering the military service and at the time of death.

To be eligible as an initial or renewal student, you must:

  • Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a full time (12 credit hours) undergraduate student at a participating Missouri postsecondary school. Students with disabilities may be considered full-time when enrolled in at least six credit hours.
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress as defined by the school.
  • Be a United States citizen or permanent resident.
  • Not be pursuing a degree or certificate in theology or divinity.
  • Not have received a bachelor's degree, completed 150 semester credit hours, or received the award for 10 semesters, whichever occurs first.

If you are a dependent child, you will remain eligible through the semester in which you turn 25 if you have not already reached the limitations described in the last bullet above.

If you are a spouse, you will remain eligible through the semester in which the fifth anniversary of the veteran's death occurs if you have not already reached the limitations described in the last bullet above.

How much can I receive?

Your maximum semester grant amount will be the lesser of the following:

  • Actual tuition charged for 12 credit hours at the school in which you are enrolled full time OR
  • Average amount of tuition charged for 12 credit hours to an undergraduate Missouri resident enrolled full time in the same class level and in the same academic major at the Missouri public four-year, regional institutions.

Awards are provided based on funding availability with renewal students and students with the earliest application received dates having priority. Historically, there has been enough funding to pay all eligible applicants.

Awards are not available during summer terms.

How can I apply?

Download the Vietnam Veteran Survivor Grant Program Application here, or contact the MDHE. Return the completed application to: Missouri Department of Higher Education, Attn: Vietnam Veteran Survivor Grant, P.O. Box 1469, Jefferson City, MO 65102-1469.

There is no application deadline; however, early submission of the completed application is encouraged. If you are applying for an initial grant, you must provide qualified certification from a Missouri state veterans service officer to verify that toxic chemical exposure contributed to, or was the cause of, the veteran's death.

If you are a renewal recipient, you must submit an application annually. However, the qualified certification is not required after the initial application.

The school you are enrolled in or attending must complete Section III of the application whether you are an initial or renewal applicant.

For more information, visit http://dhe.mo.gov/ppc/grants/vietnamveterans.php

 

Other Financial Aid Programs

There are other types of Financial Aid available through the state of Missouri.  For more information on these programs, please visit the Missouri Department of Higher Education Website (MDHE) at www.dhe.mo.gov.