Incoming Freshmen

Beginning the financial aid process

To be considered for financial aid, including scholarships, at Missouri State university, you must be admitted. We encourage you to begin the admission process shortly after you complete your junior year of high school.

Tips for success

  • Be careful of scams: Never pay money to get money
  • Complete the FAFSA soon after it becomes available on October 1 to be considered for maximum aid each year
  • Submit all required forms early so you won’t miss a deadline. Forms are processed in date order.
  • Be proactive by asking questions. Financial Aid Counselors are available year-round to discuss your costs and aid eligibility

Financial aid options for freshmen

Missouri State offers several financial aid options to first-year students enrolling full-time at the University directly from an accredited high school:

Missouri State offers a number of scholarship opportunities specifically for entering freshmen. Incoming students are also encouraged to apply for scholarships privately-funded through the Foundation. We recommend that you begin the scholarship application process by completing your FAFSA.

Grants are typically awarded based on financial need and do not have to be repaid by the student. Visit the grants page to see grants available to all students.

A loan is a type of financial aid that is paid out to the student and must be repaid with interest. Visit the loans page to find loans available to all students.

The Federal Work Study Program provides jobs for undergraduate and graduate students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay education expenses. The program encourages community service and work that is related to the student’s course of study. More information about work study at Missouri State is available on the Student Employment website.