Other Tuition Replacement Programs

For students who have other types of aid that provide tuition replacement (ex: VA benefits, Kaufman Scholarship, Wash U tuition payments, etc.), those aid programs will apply to charges before the Missouri Land Grant awards. 

Missouri Land Grant

Upcoming Deadlines

  • January 7th To be considered, students must have their FAFSA submitted to MU by this date.

Updated: 09/20/2021

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 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 Mssouri 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.

Renewal Criteria

  • 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
  • Must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress

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 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

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.  

Do you have to meet Mizzou’s FAFSA priority date to be considered for the Missouri Land Grant Compact?

Yes

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

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 adjusted.

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 the 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 MU 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.

Can I use the Missouri Land Grant during the summer?

No. The Missouri Land Grant is only available during the fall and spring semesters.

Is there a Missouri Land Grant Honors award?

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.