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Cost and Scholarships


Missouri Western State University is committed to the pursuit of excellence and attracting the most promising international students to our classrooms. That is why we have established the Global Griffon Guarantee Scholarship to recruit the best and brightest students from around the world.

The Global Griffon Guarantee Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship that renews and grows each year! It is available for new international undergraduate students.

The Global Griffon Guarantee Scholarship is different from other scholarships. It starts with an initial award ranging from $500 to $4,000 that automatically renews and grows each year as long as you remain enrolled full-time, meet the hours completed requirement and are in good academic standing (2.0 GPA). That could mean up to $20,500 toward your education!

How it works: Awards are decided on the basis of your GPA as calculated by our international admissions team. Because Missouri Western recognizes that U.S. standardized testing is not equally available in all parts of the world, there is no SAT or ACT required for the Global Griffon Guarantee Scholarship (or admission).

After receiving your initial award, you would receive a $1,000 per year increase at the completion of 30 credits (usually 1 year). You would receive an additional $500 increase at 60 and a final $500 increase at 90 credits. And the best part is that you are not at risk of losing your scholarship as long as you maintain a 2.0 GPA at Missouri Western State University.

There is no extra application for the GGGS. All awards will be made with your acceptance letter. Transfer students can learn more about the Griffon Guarantee for transfer students here.

Global Griffon Guarantee Scholarship Chart

To be eligible for competitive scholarships, you will need to complete the scholarship application within your Goldlink account. Deadline: February 1 


  1. Go to
  2. Select Scholarships and Grants from the menu.
  3. Select Apply Now.
  4. Once in the system, select Create an Account.
  5. Once your account is created, log in and complete your application.

View a complete list of competitive scholarships: Scholarships and Grants page.

Expense Estimates – International (Non-immigrant Visa Holders)

Proof of financial support is required to receive your I-20. Below you will find the estimated costs for two semesters (9 months) for the 2023-2024 academic year. Please note these are estimated totals. 

2023-2024 Undergrad/Bachelor
Estimates for 24 credit hours
(12 per semester)
Estimates for 18 credit hours
(9 per semester)
Tuition & Fees* $13,992 $12,510
Living Expenses $10,056** $8,200***
Textbooks & Personal Expenses**** $2,800 $2,800
Health Insurance***** $1,652 $1,652
New Student Orientation Fee $100 $100
TOTAL (per academic year): $28,600 $26,270
Expenses of Dependents****** $5,000 each per year $5,000 each per year

*Tuition and fees costs for the 2023-24 academic year based on two semesters containing 12 undergraduate or 9 graduate hours.

**Undergraduate living expenses based on Scanlon Hall and the Unlimited 7 + $100 Flex Plan for the academic year.

***Graduate living expenses are estimates for average rental cost per based on double occupancy ($425 each person for a shared apartment with 2 people), shared gas and electricity cost for one person ($100), and groceries for one person ($40/week) for 12 months.

****Airfare ($1500 round trip), bedding and personal comfort items ($500) and Textbooks ($800).

*****Health Insurance Plan is automatically included on the student bill. Waivers permitted for US-based employer plans for dependents or for visiting students on program sponsored plans. (i.e. buying your own travel insurance plan in your country will not waive the health insurance plan). Note: The USA health insurance system has user costs when insurance is accessed. Copays, Coinsurance, and Deductibles are not represented in the costs estimates on this page.

******Dependent cost is an estimate of the cost differential for housing, utilities, food, and added school costs. Actual amount will vary. Used purely as funding source demonstration of student funding to support their family and studies in the United States.

I-20 Costs for Travel, Health Insurance, Personal, etc. include: Textbooks and Personal Expenses, Health Insurance, and New Orientation Fee. Additional costs for leisure travel, social events, clothes, and summer term tuition and undergraduate living expenses, are not included in estimates.

The above costs are estimated in good faith to demonstrate student funding to support their studies in the United States.