Missouri State Financial Aid: Grants & Scholarships

First, File FAFSA®

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, FAFSA®, is the first step to receiving financial aid to pay for college in Missouri. This application determines student eligibility for federal loans, grants like the Pell grant, work-study programs and even some scholarships. 

Apply for Missouri State Financial Aid 

The state of Missouri offers a variety of grants and scholarships to help deserving students within the state find the extra money they need to pay for their college education.

Access Missouri Financial Assistance Program

This need-based state assistance program is awarded based on a student’s Expected Family Contribution (EFC). To qualify, students must also:

  • File FAFSA® before April 2nd
  • Be U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Be a resident of Missouri
  • Be an undergraduate
  • Attend a participating Missouri Institution of Higher Education
  • Have an EFC below $12,000

To apply, students must file the FAFSA® application. 

A+ Scholarships

This scholarship program was created for Missouri high school graduates who enroll in participating programs at community colleges and vocational schools. Students must also have a minimum GPA of 2.5. 

To apply, students must file the FAFSA® application. 

Missouri Higher Education Academic Scholarship Program

This scholarship program was created to help students that finish in the top 3% of the ACT/SAT scores pay for college. The program was designed to help students working full-time while also pursuing a college degree.

For students taking the ACT more than once, the highest scores of each section of each test will be combined for a Superscore. The Missouri Department of Higher Education & Workforce Development will begin recognizing Superscores for Bright Flight eligibility beginning with the seniors graduating in 2023. In order to have your score sent to MDHEWD, students need to enter in the following code when registering for the ACT: 2379. Students can go back into their account later to add this code, but ACT will charge a small fee to do so. Avoid that fee by entering in the code when registering. The Bright Flight eligibility scores are also increasing with the class of 2023 seniors. Students will need to score a 32 to qualify for up to $3,000 or a 31 to qualify for up to $1,000.