Grants for college students

Grants are similar to scholarships in that they provide funding to students without requiring any repayment. Organizations and agencies award grant money to students based on financial need, academic achievements and career goals.

Grant options

Most grants require the completion of the FAFSA to determine your eligibility and level of funding.

Financial need

Many federal and state financial aid programs are available on the basis of financial need. Financial need is defined as the difference between the amount of money you and your family can contribute toward financing your education and the total cost of attendance.

Financial need is evaluated by completing the FAFSA. All need-based aid is awarded according to a formula established by the federal government, which considers income, assets and other measures of financial strength.

Federal grant funding

The federal government offers grant opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students:

State grant funding

The State of Missouri has multiple scholarship and grant opportunities for students who are working on an undergraduate degree and are permanent residents of Missouri.

Below is a list of state funding that is applicable to students attending Missouri State University. More information about these grant programs is available on the Missouri Department of Higher Education’s website.

Institutional grant funding

The Office of Student Financial Aid administers the Senior Degree Completion Grant (SDCG) for students who are approaching graduation but whose circumstances have resulted in an outstanding balance with the University that prevents them from registering for a future semester and/or graduating. 

Students who review the grant policy and believe that they meet all of the criteria should make an appointment to meet with a member of the Student Financial Aid Office staff to review their initial eligibility for consideration. Students who meet initial eligibility requirements will be provided with a grant application.

Tips for success

  • Your enrollment at the Change of Schedule Period will determine your eligibility for financial aid.
  • If you drop courses, you may have to repay all or part of your federal grants.
  • Complete the FAFSA soon after it becomes available on October 1 to be considered for maximum aid.