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Scholarships are funds that are awarded to students to help them with the costs of their educations, and scholarships do not have to be repaid. A student may receive a scholarship because of academic merits, financial need, artistic or athletic talents, or for other criteria set forth by scholarship donors.

UMSL will consider students for several scholarships at the time of admission. These automatic scholarships are awarded on the academic merits on which a student was admitted to the University. Additionally, students may apply for competitive scholarships to help pay their education costs.


To be considered for aid from the any of the programs listed on the UMSL Office of Student Financial Aid site, you must:

  • Be enrolled at UMSL in a degree-seeking program and seeking your 1st Bachelor's Degree. In most cases you must be enrolled full-time at UMSL.
  • Prove lawful presence in the United States in accordance with Missouri House Bill 390 (PDF 150KB).
  • For scholarships which require financial need, you must have a valid FAFSA on file with UMSL. For a FAFSA to be considered, the Verification process must be complete

For information about additional campus scholarships, please visit our online scholarship application to search and apply before the deadlines.

Automatic Scholarships

These scholarships are awarded based on the student's academic records at the time of admission. For freshmen we consider students' ACT/SAT scores, class ranks, and GPAs. For transfer students we look at transfer work and GPAs on those transferred courses. For non-Missouri students, we also offer several non-resident scholarships Students will automatically be reviewed for these awards when they are admitted to the university and will receive a scholarship letter in the mail if they have been awarded one of the scholarships.


  • Maintain continuous, full-time enrollment at UMSL
  • Complete at least 24 credit hours between the fall and spring semester
  • Maintain the cumulative GPA required by the scholarship. For GPA information, please see the scholarship criteria or the letter in which you were awarded the scholarship.

Adult Learner Scholarships

Scholarship Amount (limited number of awards)
• $500 per semester for up to 6 semesters
• Total semesters may include summer terms

Scholarship Criteria:
• Must be 24 or older or qualify for independent status after filing the FAFSA
• Indicate an intention to enroll part time (6-11 credit hours) on the admissions application
• Earn 3.0 GPA or higher in previous coursework

Recipients must complete 6 hours per semester and earn a 2.5 GPA or higher to renew this scholarship. Grades will be reviewed for eligibility at the beginning of each term

Competitive Scholarships

UMSL has a number of scholarships for which students must apply. Scholarship applications will not be reviewed until after the published deadlines on the Apply page. Recipients will be notified as to which scholarship(s) they have been awarded. At this time, we do not notify students who are not awarded a scholarship. You may search the database for scholarships and their qualifications through the Academic Works website at any time.


Some competitive scholarships may automatically renew in subsequent academic years if the student maintains the eligibility requirements. Many competitive scholarships are not automatically renewable. Students are encouraged to re-apply each year in case they need to apply annually for their competitive scholarships and to be considered for new scholarships that may have become available.  Students will be informed about renewal qualifications when they receive award notifications.

Departmental Scholarships

Some academic departments award their own scholarships. Students should contact their department to inquire about scholarship opportunities for their major. Because an additional application may be required for these scholarships, students should inquire with their departments as early as possible.

Need-based Scholarships

Certain competitive scholarships are contingent on a demonstration of financial need. The university will only measure financial need via the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If a student is selected for Verification, this could impact their aid eligibility. If we need additional information to process a FAFSA, we will add items to a student's To-Do List in MyView, and we will send an email to a student's UMSL email account. Please be sure to check your student email regularly.

UM-System Scholarships

Tuition Settlement Scholarship

A qualifying student attended one of four (4) University of Missouri campuses (Columbia, Kansas City, Rolla, St. Louis) during the period from Winter Semester 1995 through Fall Semester 2001 inclusive. A qualifying student was a Missouri Resident Undergraduate Student at the time of attendance; and a qualifying student was at least 16 years of age, but under age 22 on the first day of class in at least one semester during this time period. Visit the Tuition Settlement Scholarship site for more details.

University of Missouri MOST Scholarship

80 scholarships of $500 per year will be awarded annually - for qualifying students of families who have invested for college through Missouri's 529 Savings Plan (MOST) and who attend one of the University of Missouri four (4) campuses. Awardees will be selected based on financial need. A qualifying student must be an undergraduate student enrolled full-time and have a FAFSA on file. Visit the MOST site for more scholarship details.