Financial Aid

Federal Grant Programs

Application Process for Federal Grant Programs

The first step in applying for Federal financial assistance is completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Be sure to indicate that you want your results forwarded to Missouri Western State University, school code 002490 when completing the application.

The Missouri Western State University priority deadline is March 1st each year.

FAFSA applications are available each January and should be submitted online in early February to ensure the March 1st priority deadline is met for Perkins Loans, and the Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG). Keep in mind, that if you are selected for Verification, you should submit all requested documentation to the Office of Financial Aid prior to the March 1st priority deadline date.

FAFSA applications will continue to be accepted and processed after March 1st for the Federal Pell Grant, Stafford Loans, and PLUS Loans.

Federal Grant Programs

Federal Pell Grant  
The Pell Grant is the government’s largest need-based student aid program and is considered the foundation to which aid from other federal, and non-federal sources might be added. The actual amount received depends on the financial information reported on the FAFSA and the student’s enrollment status. Students must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress to continue eligibility. These funds do not need to be repaid. The US Department of Education has established limits regarding the amount of Federal Pell Grant students may receive (Pell Lifetime Eligibility). Students may receive the equivalent of 6 full-time years (12 full-time semesters) in Federal Pell Grant funding (assuming all eligibility criteria is met). As students begin approaching the Pell lifetime eligibility limit, they will receive notification on the Student Aid Report (SAR). Once students have received the maximum, they will no longer be eligible to receive the Federal Pell Grant.
Application Procedures:  Must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and submit any additional requested documents to the Office of Financial Aid.
Contact Information:  Office of Financial Aid at 816-271-4361.

Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grants
Deadline: Priority March 1st
SEOG is awarded to undergraduate students with exceptional financial need.  Priority is given to students who receive Federal Pell Grants. Awards may range from $100 up to $4,000 depending on need and availability of funds. The average award at  Missouri Western is $500 per year. These funds do not need to be repaid.
Application Procedures:  Must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and submit any additional requested documents to the Office of Financial Aid no later than March 1st each year.
Contact Information:  Office of Financial Aid at 816-271-4361

TEACH Grant (Graduate Students)     
The TEACH Grant is available to elgilble graduate students in the MASA: Autism or MASA: TESOL programs. More Information
Contact Information:  Office of Financial Aid at 816-271-4361

Army ROTC National Scholarship        
The ARMY ROTC Scholarship program is available to students who have graduated from high school or possess an equivalent certificate.  Students are awarded U.S. Army ROTC scholarships through a highly competitive national selection process.  Scholarships pay full college tuition and fees and provide a book allowance.  Army scholarship winners also receive a monthly tax-free subsistence allowance for up to 10 months for each year the scholarship is in effect.
Contact Information:  Military Science Department at 816-271-0096.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program
This congressionally funded program is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State and is administered by the Institute of International Education.  These scholarships will make it possible for students with limited financial means to participate in study abroad opportunities worldwide.  
Contact Information:  www.iie.org/gilman

Additional Information About Federal Aid Programs