Required Enrollment

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 federal and state financial aid programs, as follows. 

Scholarship and grant programs

ProgramUndergraduate hours required
per semester (minimum) *
Graduate hours required
per semester (minimum) **
Summer term ***
Access Missouri/Bright Flight
Undergraduate students only
12 N/A N/A
Marguerite Ross Barnett Memorial Scholarship
Undergraduate students only
6-11 N/A N/A
Federal Pell Grant (adjustable - see details below)
Undergraduate students only
1 N/A 1
Federal Supplemental Grant (SEOG)
Undergraduate students only
6 N/A N/A
Federal Perkins Loan 6 5 N/A
Federal Work-Study 6 5 3
Direct Stafford 6 5 3
Direct PLUS Loans for Undergraduates 6 N/A 3
Direct PLUS Loan for Graduate and Professional Students N/A 5 3

*Courses numbered 001-599 and graduate courses approved for mixed credit.
**Courses numbered 600 or above.
***For all students, minimum credit hours at student level.

Determination of enrollment status

Your enrollment status for these programs will be determined based on the number of credit hours for which you are enrolled at the point your aid is disbursed, with the exception of the Pell Grant. Your enrollment status for the Pell Grant will be determined by your enrollment at the end of the Change of Schedule Period (COSP; see academic calendar). Pell eligible students who wish to have second block courses included in their enrollment status must have registered for those courses by the end of the COSP. Please note: If you apply for financial aid after the COSP deadline, your Pell grant award will be based on the total hours in which you are enrolled at the time your FAFSA is received by the University.