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Access Missouri is our state’s primary need-based college tuition assistance program, enabling tens of thousands of students from Missouri’s working families to achieve the dream of a college education. Through Access Missouri, students with demonstrated financial need can receive tuition support to attend any eligible Missouri college or university of their choice. It is a wise investment in Missouri’s most precious resource – its young people.

Access Missouri is designed to be simple to understand, provide predictable, portable awards and increase access to any eligible 2-year or 4-year Missouri college or university of the student’s choice.

Students should visit the Missouri Department of Education’s website to get specific details about the Access Missouri program. But to be eligible for Access Missouri, students must be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident and a Missouri resident. They must also be an undergraduate and have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of less than $12,000 or less as calculated through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students cannot use Access Missouri to pursue a degree or certificate in theology or divinity.

Students must is enrolled full time, which is defined as:

  • 12 semester hours, or

  • 8 quarter hours, or

  • 6 semester hours for students who are unable to enroll in 12 hours as a result of a disability defined by Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

  • Eligible students also cannot have their first bachelor's degree, completed the required hours for a bachelor's degree, or completed 150 semester credit hours.

All award amounts are not estimated until August, when the amount of funding for the program and the final number of eligible are known. Visit the MDHE Student Portal or contact your financial aid office or the MDHE to see if you are eligible and to learn the estimated or actual amount of your award, depending on what time of year it is.

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