This need-based scholarship was established for students who are employed while attending school part-time.

Am I eligible?

To be eligible, you must:

Initial Students

  • Have a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file by August 1, 2019.
  • Be enrolled at least half time, but less than full time (6-11 credit hours), at a participating Missouri postsecondary school.
  • Be employed and compensated for at least 20 hours per week.
  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Be a Missouri resident and a United States citizen or a permanent resident.
  • Not be pursuing a degree or certificate in theology or divinity.
  • Not have received your first bachelor's degree or completed 150 semester credit hours.
  • Not be employed under the Title IV College Work Study program.

Renewal Students

  • Continue to meet the eligibility requirements for initial students,
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5.
  • Otherwise maintain satisfactory academic progress as defined by your school.

How much can I receive?

The maximum semester scholarship amount is the least of:

  • The tuition charged for 6 or 9 credit hours at the school where you are enrolled part time, or
  • The amount of tuition charged to a Missouri undergraduate resident enrolled in 6 or 9 credit hours in the same class level at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Award amounts for students enrolled in 6, 7 or 8 semester credit hours, or the equivalent, will be calculated based on 6 semester credit hours. Award amounts for students enrolled in 9, 10 or 11 semester credit hours, or the equivalent, will be calculated based on 9 semester credit hours.

Your award amount may vary between semesters depending on the number of credit hours in which you're enrolled. If you transfer to a different school, your award amount may also change based on the tuition at the school to which you transfer.

Awards are provided each semester based on limited funding availability, with renewal students having priority. As a result, all eligible students may not be funded.

Awards are not available during summer terms.

How do I demonstrate financial need?

Your financial need is calculated as follows:

Cost of attendance (COA)
- Expected Family Contribution (EFC)
- Estimated Financial Assistance (EFA)
Financial Need

The COA includes standard expenses determined by your school for part-time students for tuition, fees, room and board, books and supplies, and personal expenses and transportation. It may not be the amount you are actually being charged for these items.

The EFC is calculated by the U.S. Department of Education using information you provided on the FAFSA.

EFA can include government or private grants, scholarships or loans. It is all of the aid included in your financial aid package.

If the need calculation results in a number greater than zero, you have demonstrated financial need and may be considered for an award. If the need calculation results in zero or a negative number, you have not demonstrated financial need and are ineligible for an award.

How can I apply?

Complete the FAFSA by August 1 each year. Changes to the FAFSA will be accepted until August 1.

If your school participates, apply with your advisor in the financial aid office and provide them with a completed Marguerite Ross Barnett Employment Verification Form each year. The employment verification form may also be obtained from the school's financial aid office or by calling the MDHEWD at (800) 473-6757 or (573) 751-3940. If you received this scholarship last year, inform the school of your renewal status. There isn't a deadline for applying with your financial aid office but early application is encouraged.

How will I know if I am eligible?

The MDHEWD does not provide notice to students of eligibility. However, you will be notified if you provided conflicting information on your FAFSA that needs to be corrected before August 1 in order to be considered for an award. For example, you will be notified if you provided information indicating you are a college freshman who has already obtained a bachelor's degree.

Final eligibility is determined by the institution you are attending, usually in late August for the fall semester and mid-January for the spring semester. Contact your institution for your tentative eligibility status.

How will I receive my award?

Each semester the institution you are attending will certify your eligibility. The certification process occurs electronically in real-time. Institutions typically certify eligibility at the beginning of each semester, although they can do so through the end of the semester.

If your institution certifies you are eligible and sufficient funding is available, the MDHEWD will disburse your award within 3-5 business days of the certification. Your institution will then deliver it to you. Delivery timeframes can vary from institution to institution.

If sufficient funding is not available at the time your institution certifies your eligibility, your award will be placed on a waiting list to be paid if additional funding becomes available before the end of the term.

How do I renew my award?

To renew you must reapply and have your eligibility re-evaluated each year. This means that if you fail to file a new FAFSA by the deadline, or your EFC or other financial aid increase to a point where you no longer have financial need, you may no longer be eligible for a Marguerite Ross Barnett award even though you received one in the previous year.

How do I transfer my award?

If you choose to transfer to a different participating Missouri institution, either between academic years or semesters, you must contact the financial aid office at the school to which you are transferring and the MDHEWD.  You may contact the MDHEWD at (800) 473-6757, option 4.

To transfer your award between semesters you must have been paid in the preceding fall semester or the school you are transferring to must have been on file with the MDHEWD by August 1.