The Missouri Land Grant may be awarded to all undergraduate Missouri residents* who are full-time Pell Grant eligible during the fall and spring terms and are working towards their first undergraduate degree at the University of Missouri. For those eligible, the grant will cover all tuition and fees not covered by other grants or scholarships. On a case-by-case basis, you may be asked to provide additional documentation from your parent(s) or other individuals not listed on the FAFSA to help us determine your eligibility for the Missouri Land Grant.
*A Missouri resident is defined as being classified as a Missouri resident for tuition purposes at the time of initial application to the University of Missouri.
FAFSA must be submitted to MU by the priority date indicated above under Upcoming Deadlines.
Can be renewed for up to 10 semesters
Must maintain full-time Pell Grant eligibility in each term received
Dec. 1 - Scholarship deadline for first-time college students
Jan. 7 - Scholarship deadline for current & transfer students
Jan. 7 - FAFSA priority deadline
Frequently Asked Questions
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 for Missouri residents working toward their first undergraduate degree at MU. The Missouri Land Grant will cover all tuition and fees for all full-time Pell eligible Missouri residents.
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.
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
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 adjusted.
Typically, outside scholarships do not affect a student’s Missouri Land Grant. However, financial aid packages cannot exceed the estimated cost of attendance.
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.
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.
No. Students must be a Missouri resident at the time of application. Students may still qualify for the MU Grant if the the FAFSA priority application deadline is met.
Yes, provided the student was a Missouri resident at the time they started Mizzou and are full-time Pell Grant eligible.
Yes, but your award will only cover the average cost of tuition and fees per semester at Mizzou.
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 MU Grant to help reduce other out-of-pocket expenses.
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.
No. The Missouri Land Grant is only available during the fall and spring semesters.
Yes. For students that entered MU for the first time in the Fall 2018 term and before the Summer 2021 term, and have received the Land Grant Honors award previously, the Missouri Land Grant Honors remains available. The Land Grant Honors may be awarded to undergraduate Missouri residents* who are full-time Pell Grant eligible during the fall and spring terms, working toward their first undergraduate degree at the University of Missouri, and who are accepted into the Honors College. To retain eligibility, students must meet the eligibility criteria as outlined under the Missouri Land Grant on this page, and enroll in at least one honors course for each semester enrolled (unless an exception is granted by the Honors College, or if the requirements for an Honors Certificate have already been met).
Students receiving the Land Grant Honors agree in their acceptance contract that they must have a contract with MU Residential Life for an approved housing assignment, and that they may not use their award for off-campus housing that is not operated by the university. Further if a student chooses to live off-campus then they will be declining the Land Grant Honors award in favor of the Land Grant award.
For those eligible, the Missouri Land Grant Honors award can only be used during the fall and spring terms and the award will meet 100 percent of the student’s financial need, including tuition, fees, and room and board (maximum may not exceed published estimate for the current academic year as published by the Student Financial Aid office) that is not covered by other grants and scholarships. Students who qualify for the Missouri Land Grant Honors will also be asked to complete a financial aid process called verification. Students will be contacted regarding the information that is needed for this process. These students will also be subject to a deadline of August 1st for submitting all required verification documents. On a case-by-case basis, you may be asked to provide additional documentation from your parent(s) or other individuals not listed on the FAFSA to help us determine your eligibility for the Missouri Land Grant Honors.