Understanding Your Financial Aid Award

Click below to download a complete guide to understanding your financial aid award letter.

Mizzou Financial Aid Offer Guide (PDF)

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Financial aid is awarded to students based on merit, financial need or both.

Merit-based scholarships are awarded based on academic achievement, particular skills or special characteristics.

Need-based aid is given to students who demonstrate financial need, based on Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) results. There are three kinds of need-based aid:

Visit the Types of Aid section of this site to learn more.

Important Dates

Dec. 1 - Scholarship deadline for first-time college students

Jan. 7 - Scholarship deadline for current & transfer students

Jan. 7 - FAFSA priority deadline