International Student Scholarships

Mizzou offers some institutional scholarships for international students. Once you apply and are admitted, you’ll automatically be considered for a range of scholarships as outlined below.

Receiving Scholarships

To receive any international automatic scholarship you are selected for, you must enroll full time (a minimum of 12 credit hours) at the University of Missouri on the Columbia campus the first regular semester (fall or spring) following graduation from high school. Scholarships are only applicable to the fall and spring semesters; therefore, you cannot receive these awards in the summer semester.

International automatic scholarships may be reduced to keep your total financial aid package within your Cost of Attendance for the academic year, or in situations where other sources are paying for or waiving tuition and fees for you. If you are a nonresident who gains Missouri residency while receiving a nonresident scholarship you will no longer be eligible for this scholarship.

All Mizzou scholarships are not transferable among other campuses of the University of Missouri System unless specifically indicated. Please see additional terms and conditions as listed in the section below entitled Financial aid maximum limits and other terms and conditions of scholarships.

Freshman Automatic Awards
Award Amount Per Year Awarding Criteria*
International Honors Scholarship $10,000 29 ACT or 1330 SAT and meet English language requirements for admission; excellent academic record in secondary school; non-U.S. resident; non-Missouri resident; and enrollment at Mizzou directly after secondary-school graduation.
International Merit Scholarship $5,000 27 ACT or 1260 SAT and meet English language requirements for admission; excellent academic record in secondary school; non-U.S. resident; non-Missouri resident; and enrollment at Mizzou directly after secondary-school graduation.
Global 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; non-U.S. resident; non-Missouri resident; required core GPA during the last four years of secondary school; minimum TOEFL score required by student’s academic department; and enrollment at Mizzou directly after secondary-school graduation.
Global Black & Gold Scholarship (Level 2)^ Half waiver of nonresident tuition (approx. $7,919) 25 ACT or 1200 SAT and have a parent who graduated from MU; non-U.S. resident; non-Missouri resident; required core GPA during the last four years of secondary school; minimum TOEFL score required by student’s academic department; and enrollment at Mizzou directly after secondary-school graduation.

*Please review renewal criteria below for additional information on each scholarship.

^Cannot be combined with the International Merit or Honors scholarships.

Transfer Automatic Awards
Award Amount Per Year Awarding Criteria**
Nonresident & International Transfer Award (Level 1) 100% waiver of nonresident tuition and fees Minimum 3.90 GPA; at least 24 transferable credit hours
Nonresident & International Transfer Award (Level 2) 50% waiver of nonresident tuition and fees Minimum 3.00 GPA; at least 24 transferable credit hours

**Students with a 3.00 or higher GPA who do not have at least 24 transferable credit hours, may still qualify for the 50% nonresident fee waiver if they received a score between 27-36 on the ACT or 1260-1600 on the SAT. Awards may be combined with other transfer awards of Phi Theta Kappa and Missouri Community College Awards. Only the following degree types qualify a student for this award: AA, AS, ADN, AFA, AAT, ASN, AE, and AAA.

Renewal Criteria

Required criteria for renewal of automatic scholarships:

  • Must be enrolled full time (minimum of 12 credit hours);
  • Successfully complete 24 credit hours each academic year;
  • Remain continuously enrolled each academic year in the fall and spring terms (award does not apply to summer semester);
  • Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP); and
  • Maintain the minimum cumulative GPA required for the scholarship listed in the chart below.
Award Minimum cumulative GPA required for renewal
International Honors Scholarship 2.75
International Merit Scholarship 2.75
Global Black & Gold Scholarships (Levels 1 & 2) 2.50
Nonresident & International Transfer Awards (Levels 1 & 2) 2.75

Other Awards

International students may also apply for:

  • Mizzou departmental scholarships
  • International Center scholarships
  • Third-party scholarships from international organizations

Visit the MU International Center for additional information about scholarships for international students.

Mizzou also provides some institutional scholarships for International applicants to Coordinated Undergraduate Degree Programs (CUDPs) in the Missouri School of Journalism are not considered for transfer scholarships.

Financial aid maximum limits and other terms and conditions of scholarships

All scholarships, grants, and financial resources you receive are subject to being reduced if the combined total reaches your maximum Cost of Attendance. If you feel that you have additional educational costs that exceed your standard Cost of Attendance (COA) then you can contact the Student Financial Aid office to see if there is an opportunity to appeal to increase your COA. Even if your COA is able to be increased it does not mean that all of your financial aid scholarships, grants, or other resources can be increased.

All Mizzou scholarships are not transferable among other campuses of the University of Missouri System unless specifically indicated. Mizzou scholarships are only available in the fall and spring semesters (i.e., you will not receive the scholarships in the summer term).

If you are dismissed from the University for any conduct reason you will lose your Mizzou scholarship. If renewal criteria are met at the conclusion of the academic year (i.e., spring semester), you may regain eligibility in the future. However, any semester(s) for which you were suspended will count as part of your eight-semester maximum eligibility for your scholarship.

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 scholarship can only be reinstated if a scholarship appeal is submitted and approved. For information on appealing, please visit our Scholarship Appeals page.