Affordable Choice, Unbeatable Value - Financial Aid

Required Enrollment Policy

Enrollment status

Some financial aid awards require full-time enrollment, some at least half-time, and some are adjusted to meet the course load, such as the Federal Pell Grant. A student must comply with the following minimum semester hours of enrollment (excluding audited hours) in order to be eligible for financial aid. 

Scholarship and grant programs

Required enrollment hoursUndergraduate hours per semester **Graduate hours per semester **Summer term **
Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG - See details below) 6 N/A 3
National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (SMART - See details below) 6 N/A 3
Access Missouri*/Bright Flight* (See details below) 12 N/A N/A
Marguerite Ross Barnett Memorial Scholarship*  6-11 N/A N/A
Midwest Student Exchange Program* 12 9 N/A
Federal Pell Grant (adjustable - see details below) 1 N/A 1
Federal Supplemental Grant (SEOG) 6 N/A 3
Federal Perkins Loan 6 5 3
Federal Work-Study 6 5 3

 Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFELP)

Required enrollment hoursUndergraduate hours per semester **Graduate hours per semester **Summer term **
Stafford 6 5 3
PLUS Loans for Undergraduates  6 N/A 3
PLUS Loan for Graduate and Professional Students N/A 5 3

* These programs have been enacted by the Missouri General Assembly to benefit Missouri residents in paying for higher education, and are subject to availability of funds.  Contact the Missouri Department of Higher Education at http://www.dhe.mo.gov/ or call 800-473-6757 for detailed information.

**Undergraduate credit hours are defined as 500 or lower level classes.
**Graduate credit hours are defined as 500 or above level classes.

Enrollment information

Your enrollment will be monitored at the end of the Change of Schedule Period (COSP) for federal grant and state programs.  If enrollment is less than full time at the end of the University's COSP a student will not be eligible to receive state funds (Access Missouri and Bright Flight). Adding classes after COSP will not change eligibility for any state program. Registration for Second Block classes must also be completed by the COSP deadline to meet enrollment requirements.  Your final Pell Award will be based on the number of hours in which you are enrolled at the end of the COSP.  If your federal grant award is disbursed prior to the COSP, you may have to repay all or part of the grant(s) if your COSP course load reflects a reduced enrollment status. Loan funds may also change based on your enrollment at the end of the COSP.  Please note:  If you apply for financial aid after the COSP deadline, awards will be based on the total hours in which you are enrolled at the time your FAFSA is received.