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Grants

Grants are awarded based on demonstrated financial need. They don't need to be repaid.

All grants have different eligibility requirements. Eligibility for need-based grants is determined using federal or state formulas and the information provided on your FAFSA, which must be completed in order to qualify for the following programs:

Federal

Pell Grant

Program Description:

  • Eligibility determined by federal government
  • Award is based entirely on need
  • All eligible students receive this grant
Who is Eligible?
  • All undergraduates with high financial need and academic good standing

Amount of Award:

  • Up to $6,195 per year depending on need
  • Amounts are prorated for less than full-time enrollment

How to Apply:

  • Complete and submit the FAFSA

Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

Program Description:

  • Based on need

Who is Eligible?

  • All undergraduates with high financial need and academic good standing

Amount of Award:

  • Varies
  • Funds are limited

How to Apply:

  • Complete and submit the FAFSA

TEACH Grant

Program Description:

  • For students who plan to complete or are completing coursework necessary to begin a career in teaching in specified high need fields
  • Must be repaid as a Direct Unsubsidized loan if student does not teach at least 4 years within 8 years of completing program as a teacher in a school that serves students from low income families, in a specified subject area (science, math, foreign language, bilingual education, special education or other high need area)

Who is Eligible?

Amount of Award:

  • Up to $4,000 per year for first undergraduate - $16,000 aggregate
  • Up to $4,000 per year for graduate students - $8,000 aggregate
  • Prorated amounts for less than full-time enrollment. 
  • Requires Agreement to serve/Promise to Pay to include promissory note 
  • Award combined with other assistance cannot exceed cost of attendance

How to Apply:

  • Complete and submit the FAFSA
  • GPA at least 3.25 for each payment period (from high school if 1st year student or from college for other students). 

  • OR above 75th percentile on admission test such as ACT, SAT, or GRE

State

Missouri Access

Program Description:

  • Based on need

Who is Eligible?

  • Have a FAFSA on file by Feb. 1 (priority deadline)
  • Have any FAFSA corrections made by July 31
  • Be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident and a Missouri resident
  • Be enrolled full-time
  • Have an EFC of $12,000 or less
  • Not have received your first bachelor's degree, completed the required hours for a bachelor's degree, or completed 150 semester credit hours

Amount of Award:

  • Statutory minimum of $1,500
  • Award may be higher depending on state funding each year  

How to Apply:

  • Complete and submit the FAFSA

Bright Flight

The Bright Flight is awarded to students earning an ACT or SAT composite score in the top 3% of all test taking Missouri residents.

Program Description:

  • Based on academic criteria

Who is Eligible?

  • Be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident and a Missouri resident
  • Have a composite score on the ACT or SAT in the top 3 percent of all Missouri residents taking those tests
  • Enroll as a first-time student and receive the scholarship in the academic year immediately following high school graduation
  • Be enrolled full-time 

Amount of Award:

  • Statutory maximum award of $3,000
  • Award may be different depending on state funding each year 

How to Apply:

  • There is no Bright Flight application to complete. The Missouri Department of Higher Education will receive your ACT or SAT composite score(s), along with approved Missouri college or university choices, from your ACT or SAT assessment records. It takes approximately six to eight weeks after each national test date for the MDHE to receive assessment information

University

American Dream Grant

The American Dream is an institutional grant based on need. The amount of award varies due to available funding. This grant is designed to fill the financial gap between cost of tuition and fees and the federal, state, and institutional funds already awarded. Summer funding is not available.

Program Description:

  • Based on need

Who is Eligible?

  • First-time freshmen
  • Complete FAFSA and all verification documents by Feb. 1 (priority filing date)
  • Be Pell Grant eligible
  • Missouri Resident:
    • ACT 18-36 and 2.50+ high school GPA or
    • 2.75+ high school GPA with less than 18 ACT or no ACT test score
  • Non-Missouri resident must be eligible for Bearcat Advantage

Amount of Award:

  • Varies 
  • Will fill gap between cost of tuition and standard fees minus all federal, state, institutional funds
  • Awards subject to available funding
  • Summer funding not available 

How to Apply:

  • Complete and submit the FAFSA

Renewable for four years with the following stipulations:

  • Reapplication of FAFSA by Feb. 1 for consideration of state grants used in determining American Dream funding
  • Be Pell Grant eligible 
  • Completion of 24 Northwest credit hours
  • 2.00 Northwest cumulative GPA for Missouri residents
  • 3.00 Northwest cumulative GPA for non-Missouri residents
  • Combination of federal, state, and institutional grants and scholarship plus American Dream Grant covers regular tuition and standard fees

Go Green

Program Description:

  • Based on need

Who is Eligible?

  • First-time freshmen  
  • Must be enrolled full time

Amount of Award:

  • Varies
  • Funds are limited

How to Apply:

  • Complete and submit the FAFSA

Northwest Grant

Program Description:

  • Based on need

Who is Eligible?

  • First-time freshmen  
  • Must be enrolled full time

Amount of Award:

  • Varies
  • Funds are limited

How to Apply:

  • Complete and submit the FAFSA

Bearcat Grant

Program Description:

  • Based on need

Who is Eligible?

  • First-time freshmen  
  • Must be enrolled full time

Amount of Award:

  • Varies
  • Funds are limited

How to Apply:

  • Complete and submit the FAFSA