State Grants

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ACCESS Missouri Program 
Eligibility of funds is determined by the state based on financial need and other factors. To apply, students must complete the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The application deadline is February 1st. To be considered for this award, a student must be a U.S. citizen or an eligible noncitizen, a resident of Missouri, undergraduate student, be enrolled full-time and maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. Students majoring in Religion, Religious Education, Church Music, Ministry and Leadership or Worship Arts are ineligible for this grant. The current authorized award amount for the 2021-2022 academic year is a maximum of $2,540. More information on the ACCESS Missouri Program.

Missouri Higher Education Academic Scholarship (Bright Flight)
Missouri high school graduates who score in the top 5 percent of Missouri students on the ACT or SAT are eligible for this award. Students in the top 3 percent are eligible to receive $3,000, and the State of Missouri recently announced that students in the 4th & 5th percentiles will be eligible for an award of $1,000. Qualifying scores must be obtained by the June test date immediately following their senior year. More information on the gaining and keeping eligibility for this award can be found here: Bright Flight Program. You are also able to view your eligibility information by using MDHE’s Student Portal, which can be linked to from their information page on the Bright Flight Program. Students must be enrolled for at least 12 hours each semester to receive this scholarship for up to 10 semesters.

Minority and Underrepresented Environmental Literacy Program
This scholarship is designed to assist academically talented minority and underrepresented individuals pursuing a bachelor’s or master’s degree in an environmental course of study. Award amounts are determined annually. The application deadline for the academic year is June 1. More information on eligibility and how to apply can be found here.

Fast Track Workforce Incentive Grant
The Fast Track Workforce Incentive Grant is a financial aid program aimed at addressing workforce needs by helping adults pursue a certificate, degree, or industry-recognized credential in an area designated as high need by the State of Missouri.

The Fast Track grant is designed to ensure, when combined with other governmental financial aid, that tuition and fees are fully covered. Awards will be for any remaining tuition and fees not covered by other state and federal student aid programs. For individuals who have the full tuition and fee costs covered by other financial aid, students are eligible for an award of up to $500 to cover other education-related expenses.

A list of eligible programs can be found here.

For information on who is eligible and how to apply, please visit the Fast Track Workforce Incentive Grant webpage hosted by the Missouri Department of Higher Education & Workforce Development.

Dual Credit/Dual Enrollment Scholarship

Beginning with the spring (January) 2022 semester, high school juniors and seniors may be eligible to receive a scholarship that covers the tuition and fees for their dual credit or dual enrollment courses. To qualify, students must be taking dual credit or dual enrollment courses from a Missouri college or university and meet the eligibility criteria listed under “Am I Eligible?” at the link, following. Awards will be prioritized based on financial need determined by adjusted gross income (AGI) from the most recent tax year.  More information on eligibility and how to apply can be found here.

Additional State Programs for MBU Students
Advanced Placement Incentive Grant
Kids’ Chance Scholarship Program
Public Service Officer or Employee’s Child Survivor Grant Program