The first and most important step in applying for financial aid is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and send it to the federal processor. You cannot receive financial aid until this form has been processed.

February 1 is the priority deadline for the students beginning or continuing enrollment at MU the following fall semester. Students need to be admitted to MU and have a non-rejected FAFSA on file by February 1st in order to meet this deadline.

A FAFSA can be filed at any time throughout the academic year. Please check with the Financial Aid Office if you are uncertain about the academic year needed for your enrollment.

Most FAFSAs are filed online and signed electronically using a Federal Student Aid ID (or FSA ID). If you require a paper FAFSA, please contact our office.

The University of Missouri encourages financial aid applicants to import tax information from the IRS using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool. The IRS Data Retrieval tool saves times and reduces the probability of being selected for verification. If you did not use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool when you first completed the FAFSA, you may login to your FAFSA again and make corrections by using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to transfer your tax information.

Applying for scholarships

MU offers many automatic scholarships for which you are considered when you apply to the university, based on criteria such as grade point average, ACT/SAT scores, class rank and state residency.

The Office of Student Financial Aid has developed an online application undergraduate students can use to apply for multiple other MU scholarships. The MU Annual Scholarship Application collects and sorts information to match potential recipients to scholarships based on donor criteria.

Graduate students should contact their individual academic departments or visit the MU Graduate School for scholarship applications.

Financial aid award

After the Office of Student Financial Aid has received the FAFSA results, you will receive an award letter outlining the financial aid for which you are eligible and explaining how to accept the aid. Financial aid packages usually include loans and also may include scholarships, grants and/or Federal Work Study Program opportunities.

The award letters for incoming freshmen are mailed in April. Continuing and transfer students receive their award letters in June.

Learn more about receiving aid.

How funds are applied

All financial aid funds except Federal Work Study funds are applied directly to your MU account, which is established through the Office of Cashiers when you register for classes. Learn more about how funds are applied.