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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Nov. 14, 2012

Out-of-state students eligible to earn in-state rates at Northwest

Northwest Missouri State University is making a college education more affordable for first-year students with the addition of a new scholarship aimed at students coming to the University from outside Missouri.

The Bearcat Advantage scholarship is being implemented for the fall of 2013 and could reduce tuition rates for qualifying students, when combined with other out-of-state awards, by more than $6,000, equating to in-state Missouri rates for the scholarship recipients.

“The Bearcat Advantage scholarship is an important addition to the out-of-state scholarship awards Northwest already offers,” Northwest Dean of Enrollment Management Bev Schenkel said. “Because of our location in northwest Missouri and the comprehensive educational experience we offer, residents in surrounding states have long viewed Northwest as a quality option for pursuing their degrees. In addition to the many other scholarships Northwest offers to both in-state and out-of-state students, the Bearcat Advantage scholarship is another option we can offer to help keep college affordable.” 

The scholarship, when combined with the Midwest Student Exchange Program or the Out-of-State Award, waives the difference between Northwest’s in-state and out-of-state tuition rates for the first year. All non-resident, continuing undergraduate students are eligible for a full waiver of the out-of-state portion of tuition by passing a minimum of 24 credit hours per year with a Northwest cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher.

The scholarship is available to freshmen 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 an Admissions Index of 140 or higher, and have at least a 2.0 high school cumulative grade-point average. Transfer students are also eligible for the Bearcat Advantage Scholarship with a college cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher and at least 24 transferrable credit hours.

Freshmen who scored a 22 or 21 on their ACT will also qualify for the Bearcat Advantage, giving them a reduction of 50 percent of the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition.

Schenkel noted Northwest has offered scholarships to out-of-state students for decades, however, the Bearcat Advantage scholarship differs in that it is offered exclusively to first-year students.

To learn more about the Bearcat Advantage scholarship, visit

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468