Scholarships are education funds that do not have to be repaid. Eligibility is based on criteria established by the donor, which may include merit, need or special characteristics, such as ethnicity or area of academic interest.

In 2017-18, University of Missouri undergraduate students received more than $69,000,000 in scholarship aid, both internal and external.

Automatic scholarships

To be eligible for MU's automatic scholarships, you must enroll at the University of Missouri on the Columbia campus the first regular semester (fall or spring) following graduation from high school. Students must be enrolled full-time (12 credit hours) to receive the award and at least 6 of those credit hours must be taken on the Columbia campus. Students who are solely on-line are not eligible to receive automatic scholarships. Students who meet the criteria for MU's general automatic scholarships cannot receive more than one automatic scholarship. MU will not provide funds exceeding 100 percent of tuition and fees.

If you fail to meet the minimum renewal criteria of total hours completed for the academic term and/or cumulative GPA at the end of your Spring semester, your automatic scholarship can only be reinstated if a scholarship appeal is submitted and approved. For information on appealing, please visit our Scholarship Appeals webpage.

MU Colleges and Schools/MU Endowed scholarships

In order to be considered for scholarships awarded by MU’s College and Schools, as well as other scholarships – both internal and external, students must log into ScholarshipUniverse to answer a series of matching questions that will direct you to applications to complete for maximum scholarship consideration. Incoming freshmen must complete the application by December 1st and continuing/transfer students must complete the application by January 1st of each year. These awards may be combined with automatic scholarships awarded at the time of admission.


MU will not combine sub-scores from multiple test dates to determine scholarship eligibility. The Office of Admissions will take only the highest composite score from a single test date.

More about financial aid eligibility.

Applying for scholarships

Many scholarships are based on financial need as well as academic achievement. Financial need is determined by the results of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. You must complete the FAFSA by the MU priority deadline for funding consideration by MU.

Non-ranking high schools

Admission to MU and eligibility for scholarships may be based on a combination of test scores, grade point average and class rank. Rank will not be considered from high schools listed as non-ranking. If you have attended a high school that does not rank its students, your admission and scholarship eligibility may be based on grade point average in required core classes in combination with standardized test scores.


Non-Missouri-resident students whose out-of-state fees are paid by another source are not eligible to receive fee waivers through automatic scholarships. If you gain Missouri residency while receiving a non-resident automatic scholarship, you will automatically forfeit the annual award. More about non-Missouri resident scholarships.

Types of scholarships

Athletic scholarships

Athletic scholarships are awarded by individual sports programs. MU coaches initiate contact with qualified recruits early in the recruitment process. Learn more about MU Athletics.