Missouri Land Grant and Missouri Land Grant Honors

Upcoming Deadlines

  • February 1To be eligible, students must have their FAFSA submitted by this date.

Effective Fall 2018

Missouri Land Grant

The Missouri Land Grant may be awarded to all undergraduate Missouri residents who are full-time Pell Grant eligible and working toward their first undergrad degree. For those eligible, the grant will cover all tuition and fees not covered by other grants or scholarships. 

Missouri Land Grant Honors

The Missouri Land Grant Honors may be awarded to undergraduate Missouri residents who are full-time Pell Grant eligible, working toward their first undergrad degree, and who are accepted into the Honors College. For those eligible, the grant will meet 100 percent of the student's financial need, including tuition, fees, and room and board, that is not covered by other grants and scholarships.

Renewal Criteria

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Missouri Land Grant Compact?

The Missouri Land Grant Compact is MU’s pledge to fulfill its land-grant mission by offering competitive, affordable education to Missouri residents. As part of the compact, MU will offer the Missouri Land Grant and Missouri Land Grant Honors for Missouri residents. The Missouri Land Grant will cover all tuition and fees for all full-time Pell eligible Missouri residents. Missouri Land Grant Honors will meet 100 percent of unmet financial need for full-time Pell eligible students enrolled in the Honors College, including tuition, fees, and room and board.

How many students have potential eligibility for the Missouri Land Grant?

Last year approximately 3,700 Missouri resident students who are MU students qualified to receive the Federal Pell Grant. 

How do you determine if someone is eligible for the Honors award?

Individuals who are eligible for admission to the MU Honors College and demonstrate eligibility for the Pell Grant may receive Missouri Land Grant Honors. Admission to MU’s Honors College is selective. For example, incoming freshmen with an ACT score of 31 or higher must be in the top 15 percent of their class or have a GPA of 3.58; those with an ACT score of at least 29 need to be in the top 5 percent of their class or have a GPA of 3.91.

Why are the awards limited to undergraduates?

Providing access to higher education is at the core mission of Mizzou as a land-grant institution. That access begins with undergraduate education. The Missouri Land Grant follows in that tradition by providing access and affordability in higher education. Much like federal and state aid programs, the grant provides funding for a first undergraduate degree.  

What does it mean to be Pell eligible? How much money can my family make?

There is more than just looking at how much a family makes to determine Pell Grant eligibility.  Each family's financial situation is different, and there's no one income cutoff that makes a student eligible or ineligible to receive the Pell. With that being said:

  • Most Pell Grants are awarded to students whose families make less than $30,000 annually
  • Some Pell Grants are awarded to students whose families make between $30,000 - $60,000 annually
  • It's possible, but rare, for students to be awarded the grant if their families make more than $60,000 annually

Why doesn't this go into effect for fall 2017?

At the time the Missouri Land Grants were approved, MU already had arranged aid packages for our freshman and continuing students. Our admissions team wanted to allow time to notify students of the new program and priority dates.

If I receive other Mizzou scholarships, will they affect my eligibility for the Missouri Land Grants?

The Missouri Land Grants are a commitment from Mizzou to fund tuition and fees through a variety of resources, including institutional awards. If students receive additional aid after the Missouri Land Grant is awarded, tuition and fees will still be covered, but the amount of the Missouri Land Grant may be reduced. 

If I receive a scholarship from outside Mizzou, will my Missouri Land Grant be reduced?

Typically, outside scholarships do not affect a student’s Missouri Land Grant.  However, financial aid packages cannot exceed the estimated cost of attendance. 

If I’m no longer eligible for the Pell Grant, will I still receive the Missouri Land Grant?

No. A requirement of the Missouri Land Grant is that students must be full-time Pell eligible. Students may still qualify for other need-based awards if they meet specified criteria. Students who have unique family circumstances that impact their ability to pay for school are encouraged to contact the financial aid office to discuss a special circumstance adjustment. 

If I regain full-time Pell Grant eligibility, will I receive the Missouri Land Grant?

Yes, being full-time Pell Grant eligible is a requirement of the Missouri Land Grant. If a student’s need level changes and they are again full-time Pell Grant eligible, they will be awarded the Missouri Land Grant. 

If I convert residency, am I eligible for the Missouri Land Grant?

No. Students must be a Missouri resident at the time of application. Students may still qualify for the MU Grant if the Feb. 1 FAFSA priority application deadline is met. 

Will continuing students be grandfathered into the Missouri Land Grant?

Yes, provided the student was a Missouri resident at the time they started Mizzou and are full-time Pell Grant eligible. 

Can I use the Missouri Land Grant to study abroad?

Yes, but your award will only cover the average cost of tuition and fees per semester at Mizzou. 

My grants and scholarships already exceed the cost of tuition and fees. Will I receive the Missouri Land Grant?

No. The Land Grant is a compact with Mizzou to guarantee sufficient aid to cover the cost of tuition and fees. However, students may be eligible to receive the Land Grant to help reduce other out-of-pocket expenses.

Will transfer students be eligible for the Missouri Land Grant?

Yes!  MU considers transfer students the same way it considers continuing students. If a student meets the renewal criteria, they will be eligible for the Missouri Land Grant.