Financial Aid

State of Missouri Grant Programs

Access Missouri Program
Access Missouri is a need-based program designed to provide students with a simplified financial aid process, provide predictable, portable awards, and increase access to a student’s school of choice. Eligibility is determined by the student’s expected family contribution (EFC) as calculated through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). To be eligible students must: complete the FAFSA by April 1st each year; be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident and also a Missouri resident; have an EFC (Expected Family Contribution) less than $12,000; be enrolled full-time (12 hrs) as an undergraduate student; maintain a 2.50 GPA; maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress;  and have not exceeded 150 attempted credit hours. Awards range from $1,000 to $2,150 per year and are subject to the availability of state funding.
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 April 1st each year.
Contact Information:  Office of Financial Aid or online at www.dhe.mo.gov.

A Plus Program  
Missouri Western will no longer participate in Missouri A+ after June 30, 2016. Only students who are currently enrolled at MWSU will be eligible to receive Missouri A+. Transfer and returning students who have remaining eligibility may also be eligible to utilize  Missouri A+ program funding through June 30, 2016. Eligible students must enroll in a minimum of 12 credit hours of approved A Plus classes and maintain a 2.5 cumulative grade point average. Missouri Western offers the A+ Scholarship to A+ certified students. This is a competitive scholarship and students must apply using the Missouri Western Scholarship application process by March 1st each year.
Contact Information:
Missouri A Plus: Cathy Gann, 816/271-5990 or online at www.dhe.mo.gov.
Missouri Western A Plus Scholarship: Peggy Payne, 816/271-4547 – pmpayne@missouriwestern.edu.

Agriculture Scholarship Program           
This program offers financial aid to Missouri high school seniors planning to attend designated Missouri universities and colleges. Selected recipients are eligible to receive a $500 non-renewable scholarship at their selected university or college, or a $250 non-renewable scholarship at their selected junior college.
Contact Information:  Missouri Department of Agriculture, 573-751-5618 or online at www.mda.mo.gov.

Advanced Placement Incentive Grant
This is a nonrenewable grant designed to encourage high school students to take and score well on Advanced Placement tests in mathematics and science.
To be eligible for the grant you must meet the following requirements:

  • Achieve two grades of three or higher on Advanced Placement exams in the fields of math and/or science while attending a Missouri public high school. Qualifying Advance Placement exams in the fields of math or science include Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Physics B, Physics C, and Statistics.
  • Receive an award under the Access Missouri Student Financial Assistance Program or the A+ Scholarship Program in the academic year in which the Advanced Placement Incentive Grant is awarded.  Students who are eligible for the Access Missouri or A+ Scholarship programs but have a calculated award amount of zero are eligible for the Advanced Placement Incentive Grant.
  • Submit a complete application for the Advanced Placement Incentive Grant.

Contact Information:  Office of Financial Aid or online at www.dhe.mo.gov

Division of Family Services/Rehabilitation Services for the Blind             
Rehabilitation Services for the Blind (RSB) provides services to people with varying degrees of visual impairment, ranging from those who cannot read regular print to those who are totally blind.  These services are provided on the premise that with adequate preparation and reasonable accommodation, each blind or visually impaired person will be able to achieve his or her maximum potential in the home and community, in educational settings, and in employment.
Contact Information: www.dss.mo.gov/

Division of Vocational Rehabilitation    
Eligible individuals are provided with services needed to enter, remain in, or return to suitable employment.  Services include diagnosis and evaluation; counseling and guidance; physical or mental restoration; training, including college or university, technical or trade; job development and job placement; rehabilitation engineering; and follow-up services to ensure that the rehabilitated person is performing satisfactorily on the job.
Contact Information: Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, (816) 387-2280 or online at vr.dese.mo.gov/

Kids’ Chance Scholarship Program
The Kids’ Chance Scholarship is a program for students with a parent who was seriously injured or killed in a work-related accident compensable under Worker’s Compensation.
Contact Information:  Office of Financial Aid or online at www.dhe.mo.gov.

Marguerite Ross Barnett Memorial Scholarship          Deadline: April 1st
This scholarship was established for students who are employed while attending school part time. To be eligible for this program, the student must be enrolled part-time (6-11 credit hours), be employed and compensated for at least twenty (20) or more hours per week,  maintain a 2.50 GPA, be making satisfactory academic progress, and have financial need.
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 April 1st each year.  Must also complete the State  Employment Verification Form.
Contact Information: Office of Financial Aid or online at www.dhe.mo.gov

Minority Teaching Scholarship Program           Deadline: February 15th
This scholarship is a competitive $3000 per year renewable award for up to four years.  Missouri Minority Teaching Scholarship awards are contingent upon a match from the student’s chosen institution.
Contact Information: Office of Financial Aid or online at dese.mo.gov.

Minority and Underrepresented Environmental Literacy Program
This is a scholarship designed to assist academically talented minority and underrepresented individuals pursuing a bachelor’s or master’s degree in an environmental course of study. Applicants are selected by the Minority Environmental Literacy Advisory Committee, which is comprised of individuals from the following categories: DNR, MDHE, three colleges and universities (appointed by their affirmative action offices), and five at large individuals from across the state who are high school teachers and college professors (appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the senate).
Contact Information:
Office of Financial Aid or online at dese.mo.gov.

Missouri Higher Education Academic Scholarship Program (Bright Flight)             
This merit-based program encourages top-ranked high school seniors to attend approved Missouri post secondary schools. To be eligible, you must have earned a composite score on the American College Testing Program (ACT) or the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) in the top 3 percent of all Missouri students taking those tests.  New legislation allows students whose ACT or SAT composite scores are in the top four and five percent of all Missouri students taking those tests to be eligible to receive an award beginning in the fall of 2010 (conditional on sufficient state appropriations). Students must maintain a 2.5 GPA and be making Satisfactory Academic Progress to be eligible for renewal.
Contact Information:  Office of Financial Aid or online at www.dhe.mo.gov.

Missouri National Guard Educational Assistance Program            
Missouri National Guard Educational Assistance Program is a state sponsored program.  The program will pay 50 to 100% of the tuition costs per semester.  Covers up to 30 hours per academic year.  Applicants must be a member of the Missouri Army or Air National Guard, have not completed a Baccalaureate Degree, and maintain a 2.5 GPA.
Contact Information:  Office of Financial Aid or online at www.moguard.com.

Missouri Professional and Practical Nurse Loan        Deadline: June 30th
Must be a Missouri resident for one or more years for purposes other than attending an educational institution and have applied for acceptance into a full-time course of study leading to a bachelor of science in nursing.  The amount of the loan (up to $5,000) will be determined by the educational costs and personal financial information provided by the applicant.
Contact Information:  Office of Financial Aid, Nursing Department, or online at www.dhss.mo.gov/.

Missouri Returning Heroes’ Education Act Waiver
On August 28, 2008, the Missouri Returning Heroes’ Education Act (Senate Bill 830) was enacted into law. This law requires Missouri state institutions to offer a reduced tuition rate ($50 per credit hour) to qualified combat duty veterans.

Program Qualifications:

  • Service in a combat zone as designated by the U.S. Department of Defense between September 11, 2001 and the present;
  • Missouri “home of record” at the time of entry into the military; and
  • Discharge from military service under honorable conditions

Application Procedures:

To determine your eligibility for this program, the following documentation must be submitted to the Missouri Western State University Office of Veterans Affairs (Financial Aid Office, Eder Hall, Room 103):

  • A copy of your most recent DD-214 (Chapters 30, 31 and 1607);
  • A copy of your active duty orders (Chapter 1607); and
  • A copy of your Missouri Driver’s license or other proof of U.S. Citizenship.

Qualified recipients must also complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year.

Renewal Requirement

To remain eligible for this waiver, you must maintain an overall GPA of 2.50 or higher. This requirement will be reviewed in May each year in accordance with current Financial Aid Policy.

Calculation of your Award

Prior to calculating your waiver, institutions must first apply all Federal and State grant   funds (Pell, Access Missouri, SEOG, etc.) along with other tuition assistance opportunities to your cost of tuition.

Example: 

Under the Heroes’ Act, an eligible veteran enrolled in 12 credit hours, would be required to pay a maximum of $600 ($50 per credit hour) toward the cost of tuition. If the eligible veteran  also receives a Pell Grant ($1,000)  and Access Missouri ($500), the waiver will be calculated as follows:

Award Calculation
Cost of 12 Credit Hours Tuition
$2.189.16
Less Access Missouri
$500
Less Pell Grant
$1000
Cost After Application of Grant Funds
$689.16
Maximum Cost to Eligible Veteran (12 Hrs)
$600
Missouri Heroes Waiver
$89.16

Cost of Attendance Budget Limitation

Under the Heroes’ Act, eligible veterans will not receive more than the actual cost of attendance when the limitation is combined with other aid made available to such a veteran.

Missouri Savings for Tuition (MO$T) Program  
With the MO$T Program you are able to save for future higher education costs and save on taxes, too.  Open a MO$T account under the Program on behalf of a designated beneficiary. The amount contributed each year can be deducted from your Missouri state taxable income (up to a maximum of $8,000 per taxpayer per year). The investment earnings on the money you contribute to the account will be able to build on both a federal and state tax-free basis. Then, when your beneficiary is ready to go to school, withdrawals from your account to pay for qualified higher education expenses at eligible schools in Missouri or anywhere in the country will be federal and state tax-free.
Contact Information: Office of Financial Aid or online at www.missourimost.org/

Missouri Teacher Education Scholarship            Deadline: February 15th
This program is a one-time, nonrenewable award of $2,000 to encourage top-ranking Missouri high school seniors and continuing college students to begin a career in teaching.  Applicants must rank or have ranked in the top 15 percent of their high school class or have scored in the top 15 percent on the SAT, ACT, or SCAT exams.  The scholarship program is administered by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
Contact Information: Office of Financial Aid, Education Department or online at dese.mo.gov.

Missouri Teaching Fellows Program
Beginning in 2013, this program will provide loan repayment or stipends, subject to appropriations, to academically successful students who attain a teaching certificate and obtain employment for five years in an unaccredited school district.  To be eligible for assistance you must meet eligibility criteria at both the high school and collegiate levels and engage in qualified employment upon graduation from college.
Contact Information:  Office of Financial Aid or online at www.dhe.mo.gov.

Public Service Survivor Grant     
The Public Service Survivor Grant is a tuition grant for eligible Missouri residents who are dependent children or spouses of a public safety officer or Department of Transportation employee who was killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty.
Contact Information:  Office of Financial Aid or online at www.dhe.mo.gov

Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship       Deadline: April 15th
The Missouri Department of Higher Education conducts this program in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Education.  Awards of $1,500 will be provided to entering freshmen students with top academic standing.
Contact Information:  Office of Financial Aid or online at dese.mo.gov.

Urban Flight and Rural Needs Scholarship
This program provides scholarships to eligible students who enter a teacher education program and make a commitment to teach as a condition of receiving the scholarship. The scholarship covers the total cost of eligible students’ tuition and fees up to four years, at a four-year college or university located in Missouri.
Contact Information:  Office of Financial Aid or online at www.dhe.mo.gov.

Vietnam Veterans Survivor Grant           
The Vietnam Veterans Survivor Grant is a tuition grant for eligible Missouri residents who are survivors (child or spouse) of a Vietnam veteran whose death was attributed to or caused by exposure to toxic chemicals during the Vietnam conflict.
Contact Information:  Office of Financial Aid or online at www.dhe.mo.gov

Wartime Veteran’s Survivors Grant These grants are available annually to children and spouses of Veterans whose deaths or injuries were: a result of combat action or were attributed to an illness that was contracted while serving in combat action, or who became 80% disabled as a result of injuries or accidents sustained in combat action since September 11, 2001. The total number of veterans that may receive a grant in any year is limited by statute to 25. The veteran must have been a Missouri resident when first entering the military service or at the time of death or injury.
Contact Information:  Office of Financial Aid or online at www.dhe.mo.gov