Applying for Financial Aid
Follow the steps below
to apply for Federal,
State and Missouri Western
STEP 1: Be Aware of Application Deadlines
The priority deadline is March 1st for many Federal, as well as, Missouri Western assistance opportunities. FAFSA applications should be submitted no later than the first week of February to ensure the March 1st priority deadline is met for the following programs: Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Federal Perkins Loans and Missouri Western Scholarships. FAFSA applications will continue to be accepted after March 1st for the Federal Pell Grant and Federal Stafford Student Loans.The deadline for many state assistance opportunities, including the Access Missouri Program, is April 1st. FAFSA applications should be submitted no later than this date to be considered for these programs.
STEP 2: Apply for Admission to Missouri Western
Please ensure that all required transcripts have been submitted to the Office of Admissions. It is important to note that no financial assistance may be disbursed until it has been determined that you are maintaining the academic standards outlined in Missouri Western's Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy (see policies and information).
STEP 3: Establish your Goldlink and Missouri Western Email Accounts
STEP 4: Apply for a PIN from the Department of Education
STEP 5: Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
FAFSA applications are available after January 1st each year. Be sure to indicate that you want your results forwarded to Missouri Western State University, school code 002490. You may complete the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.gov.
STEP 6: Review your Student Aid Report (SAR) for Accuracy
STEP 7: Complete Verification (Only if Notified by Missouri Western)
If you are selected for Verification, Missouri Western will notify you of the documents required to complete the application process. Keep in mind that your application will not be processed until ALL requested documents are submitted to the Financial Aid Office, all discrepancies are resolved, and the necessary corrections are submitted to, and processed by, the U.S. Department of Education.
STEP 8: Respond to the Award Notification
Grant and scholarship aid is always accepted on your behalf, however, you must indicate acceptance of student loan funds on Goldlink. Keep in mind, that student loans funds are to be used for education expenses only and that you are expected to borrow responsibly.
STEP 9: Apply for Missouri Western Aid Opportunities
New and returning students may apply for Missouri Western assistance opportunities beginning in October of each year. Unless otherwise specified in the scholarship description, students should have a complete Admissions and Financial Aid file no later than March 1st of each year to be considered.
STEP 10: Apply for Aid Opportunities Outside of Missouri Western
STEP 11: Apply for Federal Stafford Loans (Optional)
1. Determine how much you should borrow by comparing your institutional charges to your offered awards.
2. Accept only the amount you need to borrow on Goldlink.
3. Complete a Master Promissory Note online (first-time borrowers).
4. Complete Entrance Loan Counseling online (first-time borrowers).
5. Attend an in-person Debt Management Seminar (first-time borrowers).
There is a mandatory 30-day delay after classes begin before loan funds will be disbursed to first-time freshman borrowers. Students should be prepared to cover expenses, such as books, until loan funds are released to the school.
STEP 12: Apply for Federal Plus Loans (Optional)
1. Complete the PLUS Request Process online at www.studentloans.gov.
Note: You, the parent, will need your Department of Education PIN to access the site. If you have forgotten your PIN, visit www.pin.ed.gov and select "Request a Duplicate PIN."2. Complete Missouri Western's Institutional PLUS Application (Form #8).