If your goal is to become a police officer, there are three paths you may choose, and these paths impact your financial aid possibilities.
Law Enforcement Academy (LEA) students who wish to receive federal financial assistance (e.g., Pell Grants, Perkins Loans, Stafford Loans, etc.) must be degree-seeking students at Missouri Western.
The curriculum of the Law Enforcement Academy is embedded within 18 credit hours of criminal justice courses, with the credits earned being applicable to Missouri Western’s associate’s degree and bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. Missouri Western students seeking POST certification to qualify for a career in law enforcement will be simultaneously earning credits that apply toward a college degree. A college degree is required for many law enforcement positions as it is recognized that the additional knowledge obtained through a college degree is of significant value to law enforcement officers.
Individuals who only wish to obtain POST certification and who do not plan to eventually earn a college degree will not be eligible for federal financial aid. These students will enroll in the program using personal funds, private loans, payments from agencies, or other payment sources. These non-degree seeking students will enroll in the same 18 hours of coursework that degree-seeking students enroll in.
Individuals selecting this option must complete an application to Missouri Western, indicate they are a non-degree seeking student, and pay a $15 application fee. Like all potential LEA students, they must also apply to the academy, pass a background check, and agree to the academy policies. Once accepted by the academy, students will need to pay a $150 deposit for academy uniforms and equipment.
Students who enroll at Missouri Western as degree-seeking students may be eligible for federal financial aid. These students must meet normal university admissions requirements and adhere to policies that apply to degree-seeking students. Degree-seeking individuals must complete an application to Missouri Western, indicate they are a degree-seeking student, and return their enclosed application with:
- $15.00 application fee
- official high school transcript
- all official transcripts from each college you have attended
- official ACT scores
Like all potential LEA students, they must also apply to the academy, pass a background check, and agree to the academy policies. Once accepted by the academy, students will need to pay a $150 deposit for academy uniforms and equipment.
Degree-seeking students who are new to Missouri Western and who are under the age of 20 must submit ACT scores. Students with an ACT math sub-score below 22 are required to enroll in developmental mathematics (MAT081). Students with an ACT English sub-score less than 18 are required to enroll in developmental English (ENG100). Students with an ACT Reading sub-score below 18 are required to enroll in developmental reading (RDG095). Students with ACT scores may also take a placement test to determine if they need to enroll in developmental classes.
Students without ACT scores must take placement tests to determine if they are to enroll in developmental courses. Please contact the Western Institute at 271-4100 for details and to schedule an appointment.
Students who place into developmental courses must continuously enroll in these classes until they complete these courses and other required mathematics and English courses. Thus, students placed into developmental courses are advised to complete these courses before enrolling in the LEA program – if they are a degree-seeking student who desires federal financial aid.
To determine financial aid eligibility, students must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) electronically at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Missouri Western’s school code is 002490. If you have questions regarding this process, please contact the Financial Aid Office at (816) 271-4145 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Financial Aid: (816) 271-4145
Western Institute: (816) 271-4100
Law Enforcement Academy: (816) 271-5843