In the complex and sometimes intimidating world of financial assistance, “grant” is the one word every student and parent wants to hear. For those who qualify for and are awarded a grant, it is financial aid you won’t have to pay back so long as you live up to the terms of the grant.
Federal and state grants are available to CMU students both full- and part-time, and on- and off-campus (including Online). Early application is strongly recommended.
Federal Pell Grant
The Federal Pell Grant is the foundation for all federal student financial aid. The Pell Grant program provides grants to undergraduate students who demonstrate financial need based on the results of their FAFSA application. Students are eligible for up to 12 semesters of Pell awards. The Pell award amounts for the 2016-2017 academic year range from $598 to $5,815 for students with Effective Family Contributions (as calculated by the FAFSA) of $5,234 or less. The Pell awards for the 2017-2018 academic year range from $606 to $5,920 for students with Effective Family Contributions of $5,328 or less.
Approximately 43 percent of CMU students are eligible for the Pell Grant.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
The FSEOG program is a campus-based grant available to undergraduate students who demonstrate an exceptional financial need based on their EFC (Effective Family Contribution) calculated from information provided on the FAFSA. The schools are given limited FSEOG funds and once these funds are depleted, the schools can no longer award FSEOG funds to students. Priority is given to those students who have submitted their FAFSA by February 1 and are a Federal Pell grant recipient with the highest level of need awarded first. The maximum FSEOG funds awarded to CLAS students is $700 per year. The maximum FSEOG funds awarded to CGES students is $400 per year. Both full and part-time students are eligible to receive FSEOG.
Access Missouri Grant is available for Missouri residents attending full time, have submitted their FAFSA prior to February 1 each year, and demonstrate financial need based on FAFSA results. The minimum grant award is $1,500 for those eligible. The Missouri Bright Flight scholarship is available for Missouri residents attending full time and have scored in the top three percent on the ACT or SAT test. Students may receive Bright Flight awards up to $3,000 depending on state appropriations. To maintain these grant awards, students must achieve at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA. Award amounts depend state legislative activity.
All students receiving federal student aid must meet all general student eligibility requirements such as enrollment in an eligible degree-seeking program, be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen, registration for selective service, demonstrate financial need (if required by the aid program), meeting requirements of Satisfactory Academic Progress, not be in default or overaward on any previously received federal student aid, and requirements to specific aid programs as described below. Application for all federal student aid programs are completed by filing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). All verification must be completed and conflicting information resolved to receive disbursement of federal student aid.
Office of Financial Assistance
- 411 Central Methodist Square
- Holt Hall, First Floor
- Fayette Missouri 65248
- (Fax) 660-248-6288