Grants

Grant programs award funds that do not have to be repaid. This is another great opportunity to help fund the cost of your education. Take the time to apply for any grants you qualify for.

For Undergraduate Students

 

Federal Pell Grant

The Federal Pell Grant is a federally funded grant program. The amount awarded is based on your federal eligibility and number of hours enrolled and attended.

Who: Undergraduates (including Adult Studies) with demonstrated need.
How Much: Amount awarded is based on federal guidelines and allocations.
How Long: While pursuing your first undergraduate degree.
How to Apply: Complete a FAFSA annually and Verification, if selected. Once awarded, students must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress.

Pell Grant lifetime eligibility limits students to receive Pell for 12 semesters or the equivalent of 6 years (600%). If you have exceeded the 12-semester maximum, you will lose eligibility for additional Pell Grants. Equivalency is calculated by adding together the percentage of your Pell eligibility that you received each year to determine whether the total amount exceeds 600%. You can receive up to 100% of your Pell eligibility each year, but you may receive less if you are not enrolled full-time. To review your current Pell Grant History and Lifetime Eligibility Used, log on to the National Student Loan Data System (https://nslds.ed.gov/nslds/nslds_SA/).

Visit StudentAid.ed.gov for additional information.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

The FSEOG is a federally funded grant program. It is only awarded to undergraduate students who are Federal Pell Grant eligible and who have exceptional need. Once the money is depleted, no more awards will be made.

Who: Undergraduates (including Adult Studies) with demonstrated need. Must be a Pell Grant recipient.
How Much: Up to $1,000 per academic year, as determined by federal allocation. Subject to availability of funds.
How Long: While pursuing first undergraduate degree.
How to Apply: Complete FAFSA annually and Verification, if selected. Once awarded, students must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress.

Visit StudentAid.ed.gov for additional information.

For Graduate and Undergraduate Students

TEACH Grant

The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program provides up to $4,000 per year to students who intend to teach in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families. For more information or to apply, please see the fact sheet and application. For additional assistance, contact the Office of Financial Aid at 417-865-2815, ext. 7300. More information can also be found at at StudentAid.ed.gov.

Please note: If not all requirements are met in your annual application, including completion of post-graduation career requirements required for the TEACH grant, any TEACH grant funds previously awarded convert into a loan with interest compounded from date of disbursement. Terms and requirements are indicated in the application process.