First-time college students: Nonresidents

Automatic scholarships

The University of Missouri offers several scholarships for which students are considered automatically when they are admitted to MU.

Other MU scholarships require the students to apply using the MU Annual Scholarship Application.

Effective for students enrolling for the first time in Fall 2019*


Per Year

Basic Minimum Criteria*

Mark Twain Nonresident Scholarship
Level 1 Full waiver of nonresident tuition (approx. $15,838) 30 ACT or 1360 SAT
Level 2 $7,000 27-29 ACT or 1260-1350 SAT
Black & Gold Scholarship
Level 1 Full waiver of nonresident tuition (approx. $15,838)
27 ACT or 1260 SAT and have a parent who graduated from MU
Level 2 Half waiver of nonresident tuition (approx. $7,919) 25-26 ACT or 1200-1250 SAT and have a parent who graduated from MU
Border State Scholars
$2,500 25-29 ACT or 1200-1350 SAT and reside in a state bordering Missouri
*Please review the scholarship's webpage for more detailed eligibility information.

*Students enrolling for the first time prior to Fall 2019 will continue to receive the award amount originally offered, per renewal requirements (see page for applicable scholarship). Please contact our office with any questions.


Nonresident students whose nonresident tuition is paid by another source are not eligible to receive fee waivers through automatic scholarships. If you gain Missouri residency while receiving a nonresident automatic scholarship, you will automatically forfeit the annual award. The scholarship will not be replaced with a Missouri resident equivalent award.

Scholarships for first-time college students: Nonresidents

These awards cannot be combined with other awards in the list. You will receive the largest award you qualify for.

Any of these scholarships can be added to the awards listed above.