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Missouri Academy

For Domestic Missouri Residents

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The Missouri Academy is not accepting applications.

The Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics and Computing – a two-year accelerated, early-entrance-to-college residential program for academically-talented students on the campus of Northwest Missouri State University – will end its operations at the conclusion of the 2017-2018 academic year, the University has announced. Read the full announcement »


  1. Tuition and Fees

    • The in-state tuition/fees is $305.96/credit for the 2016-2017 academic year, resulting in an estimated total of $11,168/year for 36.5 credit hours.  Missouri residents will pay about 55% of the total tuition/fees = $6,142.  
    • All students are also assessed a Missouri Academy Program fee at the rate of $6 per credit hour – that will be about $219 for the first year.
  2. Room Costs

    • The room rate for the 2016-2017 academic year is estimated at $5,683 for the year for double-occupancy
    • Missouri residents receive partial-to-full scholarships based on demonstrated financial need ("Need" information is based on FAFSA).
    • Families must file the FAFSA form by April 1 each year to qualify for any room scholarships. FAFSA website address: -- Reporting code: 002496 (Northwest Missouri State University).
    • Minimum scholarship of 20% of room costs awarded to all students - some students will receive scholarship to cover up to 100% of room costs – this is based on need.
  3. Board (Food) Costs

    • The board rate for the 2016-2017 academic year is estimated at $3,974 for the year for the Silver (Base) meal plan. There are two other meal plans: the Gold and Platinum (both more expensive). Please refer to the website for a more detailed description of the meal plans and the campus dining experience.
  4. Miscellaneous Expenses/Incidental Costs

    TI-84 Calculator $110
    Shuttle Charges -- One-way or Two $80 per shuttle
    Northwest Bookstore -- Pens, pencils, paper, etc. $45
    Printouts, photocopies, faxes -- as needed $90 ($10 x 9 months)
    Laundry -- Machines in North Complex Free
    Student Club/Wings -- Zoo trips, Opera tickets, T-shirts etc. $75 per year
    Personal items, toiletries, laundry soap, movies, eating out, etc. $270 ($30 x 9 months)
    Missouri Academy Yearbook (optional) $65 per year
    Missouri Academy Prom (optional) $40 + dress/tux, flowers, etc.
    Graduation announcements, senior rings (optional) $200 (varies greatly! -- 2nd year only)
    Approximate Total (per year): $700 - $2,200

Relationship between sending/home high school and the Missouri Academy

When a student enrolls at the Missouri Academy, he/she can either;

  1. remain on the class rolls of the sending/home 'public' high school, or
  2. sever ties with the sending/home 'public' high school and totally transfer to the Missouri Academy.

The decision to go with either (a) or (b) may be initiated by either the student or the sending/home school. The implications of these decisions are outlined below:

1. If the sending/home 'public' high school elects to keep the student on its class rolls (and the student agrees), then the sending/home 'public' high school:

2. If the sending/home 'public' high school elects to sever ties and officially transfer the student to the Missouri Academy, then the sending/home 'public' high school:

NB: Neither the student nor the sending/home 'public' high school can override the other's decision to sever ties.