To be considered for financial aid at Missouri State University, you must first be admitted to the University. Information about the admissions process is available online through the Office of Admissions.
Below you will find general information on applying for the four main types of financial aid: scholarships, grants, loans and work study.
Application processes and deadlines vary by scholarship. We encourage you to begin searching for scholarships no later than August for the following academic year.
Missouri State University’s earliest scholarship deadline is December 1 for the following academic year. Visit our Scholarships page for scholarship opportunities, criteria, application information and deadline dates. Some scholarships are need-based and require a student to complete the FAFSA by the MSU priority deadline of March 31.
Follow the steps below to apply for federal and state financial aid:
Educational loans are available to degree seeking students and to parents of dependent students. The majority of loans are awarded through the Federal Direct Loan Program, which funds low interest student loans.
To apply for a Stafford Direct Loan, follow the steps listed below:
Visit our Loan page for additional loan options and information.
The Federal Work Study Program provides jobs to students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay education expenses. To be considered for work study, you must complete the FAFSA by March 31 and meet the following requirements:
If you do not qualify for work study, Missouri State has many part-time jobs. Visit our Student Employment page for both on- and off-campus job openings. We recommend that you begin searching for jobs no later than one month before the semester begins.