Consortium Agreements

If you are taking classes for your degree at another school while also attending MSU, you could get financial aid for all classes if you apply. A consortium agreement is a written agreement between two accredited universities/institutions which recognizes a student’s combined enrollment for the purpose of awarding financial aid. The HOME institution is where the student is getting their degree and will be responsible for processing financial aid. The HOST institution is where you are temporarily taking classes. You can only receive financial aid from one school at a time.

Only classes which are required for your degree and transfer for MSU credit will be considered under a consortium agreement. Please review the consortium agreement terms prior to submitting a consortium agreement application. You should have your consortium application turned in by the first week of the semester you are dually enrolled.

Masters of Arts in Teaching (MSSU)

Student admitted to MSU’s MAT program and enrolled at least half time (5 credit hours) in graduate level classes between MSU and MSSU are eligible for graduate level financial aid.

  • A placeholder course equivalent to the number of hours taken at MSSU will be added to the student’s registration schedule
  • Enrollment will be used to determine federal loan eligibility
  • A new application with all signatures is required for each semester of dual enrollment

University of Missouri Geology Field Trip

A summer field trip is required for geology majors but is not offered by MSU. The University of Missouri has an approved course that meets this requirement. Students must first have approval from their department head before applying for a consortium, and approval for any location other than University of Missouri must be submitted with the consortium application.

MSU Cooperative Degree

This agreement is available to students who are required to complete part of their degree at a non-MSU location. Consult your academic advisor or department head to determine if your program is a cooperative program. A list of approved programs and locations is also available on the Office of Student Financial Aid’s website.

  • Combined enrollment will be used to determine eligibility for federal loans and grants, as well as state and university funds
  • A new application with all signatures is required for each semester of dual enrollment

Clinical Lab Sciences, Medical or Radiography Technology

Students completing their medical program at approved host institutions are eligible for financial aid through Missouri State University.

  • Combined enrollment will be used to determine eligibility for federal loans and grants, as well as state and university funds
  • One application is needed during your degree. This agreement is effective for the entire enrollment period, generally one or two years depending on the program.

Springfield/West Plains Degree Completion Program

Students completing their Associate's degree and transitioning to an undergraduate degree through Missouri State University-Springfield may receive financial aid for concurrent enrollment.

  • Prior academic credit. Students must have either:
  1. Earned 52 credit hours, fully transferable toward a Bachelor's Degree at MSU-Springfield, or;
  2. Attained an Associate's Degree
  • Must be admitted as a degree-seeking student in one of the approved degree completion programs
  • Enrollment distribution. Students must either:
  1. Be enrolled at least half-time (6 hrs during the Fall/Spring semesters, 3 hours during the Summer term) with MSU-Springfield, or;
  2. Be taking at least 50% of classes through MSU-Springfield for the term they apply
  • Combined enrollment will be used to determine eligibility for federal loans and grants, as well as state and university funds
  • A new application with all signatures is required for each semester of dual enrollment

Other Consortium

Student not participating in any of the programs listed above should select “Other.” This agreement is only available to Pell or Teach eligible students dually enrolled by their own choice at another accredited institution.

  • Combined enrollment will only be used to calculate federal Pell and TEACH grant eligibility
  • You must be enrolled at MSU-Springfield at least half-time to receive Federal or private loans, Work-Study, or other Federal grants.
  • State grants/institutional scholarships which require full-time enrollment are not available if student is less than full-time at Missouri State University
  • A new application with all signatures is required for each semester of dual enrollment