Scholarships and Grants on this page

The Missouri Department of Higher Education (MDHE) administers several scholarship and grant programs for Missouri residents. Three of the most common are outlined below. You are encouraged to visit MDHE's Grants and Scholarships page for information about additional opportunities that may be available to you.

All awards from the State of Missouri are estimates until the State confirms award amounts at the beginning of each semester. The University works with the State to use the best estimate available at the time awards are added to students' award packages. These awards may be reduced or canceled depending on availability of funding from the Missouri Department of Higher Education, who is the final authority on eligibility and award amounts. Once the University receives funds from the State, Student Financial Aid will credit these to your account. Funds for these awards usually are received and posted to student accounts after each semester begins.

Note: Non-Missouri residents are encouraged to investigate the availability of grants or scholarships through their home state. Non-Missouri residents can find contact information for their respective state's higher education agencies on the web through the Department of Education.

Access Missouri Award

The Access Missouri Award is a need-based grant program for undergraduate students who are Missouri residents and US Citizens or permanent residents. FAFSAs must be received by the FAFSA Processor by February 1st for the upcoming academic year. The award is determined by your EFC (maximum EFC is 12,000) from your FAFSA. You must enroll full time (a minimum of 12 credit hours) each semester and not have completed 150 semester credit hours. Award amounts can vary annually. To renew, students must maintain a 2.5 cumulative grade point average. More details are available on the MDHE webpage.

Advanced Placement Incentive Grant

The Advanced Placement Incentive Grant is a nonrenewable grant designed to encourage high school students to take, and score well on, the Advanced Placement tests in mathematics and science. Students must achieve two grades of three or higher on Advanced Placement exams in the field of math and/or science while attending a Missouri public high school. Students must receive an award under the Access Missouri program in the academic year in which the Advanced Placement Incentive Grant is awarded and be enrolled full time (a minimum of 12 credit hours) during the semester. Students who are eligible for the Access Missouri program are eligible for the Advanced Placement Incentive Grant. Eligible students can receive a one-time grant of $500, subject to state appropriations. 

Students must complete and submit an Advanced Placement Incentive Grant Application by June 1 preceding the start of the academic year. The application and more details are available on the MDHE webpage.

Bright Flight Scholarship (Missouri Higher Education Academic Scholarship)

The Bright Flight Scholarship is a merit scholarship from the state of Missouri. A student must score in the top 3% of all Missouri high school students taking the ACT or SAT test in their senior year, currently a 31 composite score. Eligible students must enroll in the academic year following graduation from high school and be Missouri residents who is are US Citizens or permanent residents. Full-time (a minimum of 12 credit hours) is required to receive the scholarship in a semester.

Exact eligibility criteria and award amounts are determined annually by the Missouri Department of Higher Education (MDHE). To renew, students must maintain a 2.5 cumulative grade point average and have not completed a first bachelor’s degree. More details are available on the MDHE webpage.

Fast Track Workforce Incentive Grant

The Fast Track Workforce Incentive Grant is a program for Missouri residents who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are 25 years or older, have not been enrolled in any school within the last two years and are working toward their first bachelor’s degree. This program is designed to ensure, when combined with other governmental financial aid, that tuition and fee costs are fully covered.

The program addresses workforce needs by helping adults pursue a certificate, degree, or industry-recognized credential in an area designated as high need. More than 635 program areas have been designated as eligible. More details are available on the MDHE webpage.

UMSL Fast Track Eligible Programs 2020-2021 (subject to change):

Bachelor Degrees

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Computing Technology
  • Cybersecurity
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Elementary Education
  • Information Systems and Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Nursing
  • Physical Education
  • Secondary Education
  • Social Work

Undergraduate Certificates

  • Actuarial Science
  • Applied Econometrics and Data Analytics
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Programming
  • Computer Programming Education
  • Cybersecurity
  • Data Science
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Internet and Web
  • Mobile Apps and Ubiquitous Computing