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Northwest Missouri State University

American Dream Grant

The American Dream Grant, the only program of its kind in the nation, is Northwest's groundbreaking needs-based financial aid initiative that really is making dreams come true for undergraduates who might otherwise find a college education beyond their financial reach.

Recipients of the American Dream Grant meet Northwest's moderately selective admissions criteria and come from the neediest families based on their application for federal aid. Unlike other needs-based programs, the grant pays virtually all college expenses during a student's first year at the University, including tuition, room, board, books and the use of a laptop computer. Students make an annual contribution to help cover additional costs. The American Dream Grant is renewable for one year as a tuition-only scholarship.

When financial barriers for students are eliminated, they're able to concentrate on academics and achieving their life goals. However, the number of awards given is limited by University funding and donor support.

Clearly, additional funds are needed to assist qualifying students. Many of Northwest's alumni and friends have already committed their support to the American Dream Grant through either an outright gift or by way of a planned or deferred gift. Gifts at any level can support the American Dream Grant.

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