Financial Aid

General Student Eligibility and Enrollment Requirements

To be eligible for financial assistance, students must:

  • be accepted for admission to Missouri Western and enroll as a degree-seeking student in an eligible program;
  • have earned a high school diploma or recognized equivalent (GED) or completed a home school program;
  • be a U.S. citizen or national, U.S. permanent resident, citizen of the freely Associated States or other eligible non-citizen;
  • have a valid Social Security Number;
  • be registered for Selective Service (if applicable);
  • not be in default on a Federal loan or owe an overpayment of Federal grant funds;

High school students taking dual credit coursework, visiting college students who are not seeking a degree from Missouri Western, and self-enrichment students will not be eligible to receive federal or state financial assistance.

Otherwise eligible undergraduate students who have already received a bachelor’s degree may only receive loan funds while pursuing an additional major or bachelor’s degree. This includes students in double major or dual degree programs who have already met the requirements for one major or degree.

General Enrollment Requirements

  • For financial aid purposes, a student’s enrollment status will be determined at the end of the official add/drop period each semester.
  • Only classes that count toward a degree or certificate may be used in calculating financial aid eligibility. Audited classes and most continuing education classes do not count toward a degree or certificate, and may not be used in calculating eligibility for financial aid.
  • Financial assistance may be prorated or cancelled if the student is enrolled in less than 12 credit hours at the end of the official add/drop period (see program specific requirements).
  • Only Missouri Western State University credit hours will be included when determining a student’s enrollment status for Missouri Western scholarships.
  • Students must enroll in a minimum of six (6) credit hours to be eligible for student loan funds (5 credit hours for graduate students).
  • Financial assistance will be recalculated for students who do not begin attendance, withdraw, are administratively withdrawn or who stop attending and receive a failing or incomplete grade in all courses during a term.

Students Enrolled at More Than One Institution

Students who are enrolled at more than one college or university at the same time may receive financial aid from only one of the institutions. Contact the Office of Financial Aid for more information.