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Northwest Missouri State University

Bearcat Advantage

What is Bearcat Advantage?

Bearcat Advantage is an opportunity for out-of-state students to earn in-state tuition rates. This program can save new students more than $6,000!

Visit the Freshman Scholarships and Transfer Scholarships pages for more information about merit scholarships.  


Eligibility Requirements

The scholarship is available to first-time freshman and transfer students who live outside Missouri.

To qualify for the in-state tuition rate freshmen must have scored a 23 or above on the ACT or have an Admissions Index of 140 or higher and a 2.00 cumulative high school GPA. The Bearcat Advantage waives the difference between Northwest's in-state and out-of-state tuition rates for the first year. The total award is more than $6,000.

Transfer students can earn in-state rates with a college cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher and at least 24 transferable credit hours.

Freshmen who scored a 21 or 22 on the ACT or have an Admissions Index of 100 or higher, and at least a 2.00 cumulative high school GPA will also qualify for the Green and White Advantage giving them a reduction of 50% of the difference between in-state and out-of-state rates. The total award is estimated to be more than $3,000.

These awards are applied automatically and do not require the completion of the Standard Scholarship Application on CatPAWS.

Complete: Freshman Eligibility | Transfer Eligibility


Additional Out-of-State Scholarships

Bearcat Advantage

Estimate $6,252 (100% reduction in difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition based on estimate of 30 credit hours for fall/ spring trimester)

Green and White Advantage

Estimate $3,126 (50% reduction in difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition based on estimate of 30 credit hours for fall/ spring trimester)

More: Automatic Freshman Scholarships | Automatic Transfer Scholarships