A variety of financial aid is available to help students and families pay for college. Grants and scholarships are awarded to students of all ages, and eligibility is based on many different factors including financial need, academic achievement, civic involvement, athletic ability, and other skills and interests.


It is important to look into all types of student financial aid - from federal and state government, colleges and universities, community organizations, private businesses, and other sources. Students should apply for scholarships and grants every year they plan to attend college.


Missouri Grants and Scholarships

The Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development administers a number of state grants and scholarships (see right sidebar). To be eligible for most Missouri student financial aid, initial and renewal students should have a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file by Feb. 1, but no later than April 1. Eligible students who apply between Feb. 1 and April 1 will be awarded state financial aid based on funding availability.


State Student Financial Assistance Program Review

A review of Missouri's state student financial assistance programs is currently underway. Find details about the three-phase review and see meeting notes and resources from the task force.


In addition, other state student aid programs are available for Missouri residents.


2023 Missouri State Financial Aid Report


Federal Grants

The U.S. Department of Education offers several federal grants to help with higher education costs. To qualify for federal financial aid, students must meet all eligibility requirements and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year they attend college.


College and University Grants and Scholarships

Institutional grants and scholarships are awarded by the school a student attends. For more information about the financial aid offered, check each individual school website.


Private Grants and Scholarships

National and local businesses, community groups, and religious and civic organizations also award grants and scholarships. These scholarship search tips offer advice about finding private grants and scholarships.