Mark Twain Nonresident Scholarship

Minimum qualifications

  • Effective for students enrolling for the first time in Fall 2019:
    • Level 1: Eligible composite ACT score will be 30 or higher (SAT of 1360 or higher); class rank qualification will be eliminated. All other qualifications will remain unchanged. 
    • Level 2: Eligible composite ACT score will be 27-29 (SAT of 1260-1350); class rank qualification will be eliminated. All other qualifications will remain unchanged. 
  • Top 50 percent of high school graduating class
  • Composite ACT score of 27 or higher (or an SAT score of 1280 or higher for the new exam/1210 or higher pre-March 2016 exam)
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Non-Missouri resident
  • Enrollment at MU the first semester after high school graduation
  • First-time college student: non-resident

Non-ranking high schools

Rank will not be considered from high schools listed as non-ranking. For students who have attended a high school that does not rank its students, admission and scholarship eligibility will be based on grade point average in required core classes in combination with standardized test scores.

Award amount

Effective Fall 2019. Criteria for award amounts are listed above.

Level 1: Full nonresident tuition waiver (approx. $15,000)

Level 2: $7,000

Note: Recipients of the Level 2 amount may also receive the Border State Scholars Award, provided they also meet the qualifications for that award.

Effective Fall 2014.  New criteria for students receiving the Mark Twain Nonresident Scholarship for the first time Fall 2014.

Class rank*

ACT 30-36  or

SAT 1390-1600

ACT 27-29 or

SAT 1280-1380

Top 25%



Top 50%



*for students attending a non-ranking high school an equivalent core high school grade point average will be used to determine eligibility.

The Mark Twain Nonresident Scholarship will be canceled or reduced if nonresident tuition is waived or paid by another source.

Application process

No application required. Students are automatically considered once admitted to MU.


Renewable for an additional three years. Students can receive the scholarship for a maximum of eight regular (fall or spring) semesters, or until receiving a bachelor’s degree, whichever occurs first.

To remain eligible for the award, recipients must:

  • Remain continuously enrolled at MU for each regular (fall and spring) semester
  • Enroll for a minimum of 12 MU credit hours each semester (fall and spring)
  • Complete at least 24 graded credit hours each academic year
  • Maintain a cumulative MU grade point average of 2.5 or higher

Dismissal from the University for any conduct reason will result in a loss of the scholarship award.  If renewal criteria (minimum completion of hours and cumulative GPA for the specific award) are met at the close of the academic year (spring semester), the student may regain eligibility.  However, the semester(s) during the suspension will be counted as part of the eight semester maximum award.

Failure to meet the renewal criteria will cause the recipient to be ineligible to receive the scholarship for the following academic year. If at the end of that academic year the renewal criteria listed above are met, the scholarship will be reinstated for the next academic year. However, all regular semesters of enrollment are counted toward the eight-semester limit of receiving the award.

Additional information

Not transferable among the campuses of the University of Missouri system.