This is a need-based program designed to be simple to understand, provide predictable, portable awards, and increase access to your school of choice. Your financial eligibility is determined by your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as calculated through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The information for this page is effective for the 2016-2017 academic year, unless otherwise noted.

Am I eligible?

To be eligible for assistance you must meet the following requirements:

Initial Students

  • Have a FAFSA on file by April 1, 2016.
  • Have any FAFSA corrections made by August 1, 2016 (if you are eligible, you may add school choices until September 30, 2016 by contacting the MDHE).
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and a Missouri resident.
  • Be an undergraduate student enrolled full time at a participating Missouri school. (Students with documented disabilities who are enrolled in at least six credit hours may be considered to be enrolled full time.)
  • Have an EFC of $12,000 or less.
  • Not be pursuing a degree or certificate in theology or divinity.
  • Not have received your first bachelor's degree, completed the required hours for a bachelor's degree, or completed 150 semester credit hours.

Renewal Students

  • Continue to meet the eligibility requirements for initial students.
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.5 and otherwise maintain satisfactory academic progress as defined by your school. If this is the first academic year in which you have received an Access Missouri payment, this requirement does not apply.
  • Not have received an Access Missouri award for a maximum of five semesters at a 2-year school or 10 semesters at any combination of 2-year or 4-year schools, whichever occurs first.*

*If you received Charles Gallagher or Missouri College Guarantee awards in past semesters, those semesters are counted in the 10 semester limit, along with any semester in which you receive an Access Missouri award.

How much can I receive?

Award amounts are based on your EFC and the type of school you are attending when you receive the award. If you transfer to a different school, your award amount may change based on the type of school to which you transfer.

All award amounts for the 2016-2017 academic year will be estimated until August 2016, when the amount of funding for the program and the final number of eligible students are known. Contact your financial aid office or the MDHE to see if you are eligible and to learn the estimated or actual amount of your award, depending on what time of year it is.

If you are eligible for A+ tuition reimbursement, yourAccess Missouri award will be reduced by the amount of the reimbursement. Award amounts may also be reduced if your total aid package, excluding educational loans and aid based solely on academic performance, exceeds your school's cost of attendance.

Awards are not available during summer terms.

The table below displays the minimum and maximum annual awards for each school type as established by the statute. Award amounts may be less than those shown in the table depending on the amount of funding that is available for the program. Award amounts may vary depending on your total financial aid package. 

Public 2-Year Public 4-Year and
State Technical College of Missouri

Based on projected funding levels for the program for 2016-2017, it is recommended you use the statutory minimum as the basis for any estimate you make of the award amount.

How can I apply?

There is no paper Access Missouri application to fill out. Submit your FAFSA by April 1 each year. The MDHE receives electronic FAFSA records for Missouri residents directly from the federal government.

How will I know if I am eligible?

The MDHE does not provide notice to students of eligibility. However, you will be notified if you provided conflicting information on your FAFSA that needs to be corrected before August 1 in order to be considered for an award. It is very important that you accurately report information concerning your residency, citizenship and undergraduate or graduate status when completing or correcting the FAFSA.

Final eligibility is determined by the school you are attending. Contact your school or the MDHE for your eligibility status.

How will I receive my award?

Each semester the school you are attending will certify your eligibility. The certification process occurs electronically in real-time. Schools typically certify eligibility at the beginning of each semester, although they can do so through the end of the semester.

If your school certifies you are eligible, the MDHE will disburse your award within 3-5 business days of the certification. Your school will then deliver it to you. Delivery timeframes can vary from school to school.

How do I renew my award?

You may renew the Access Missouri award annually. To renew you must reapply and have your eligibility re-evaluated each year. This means that if you fail to file a new FAFSA by the deadline or your EFC increases to a point above the eligibility cutoff, you will not be eligible for an Access Missouri award for that academic year even though you received one in the previous year. However, you may be eligible for an Access Missouri award the following year if your FAFSA is received by the deadline.

If you are denied an Access Missouri award for not maintaining satisfactory academic progress or a 2.5 CGPA, you cannot receive another award until the enrollment period after you have once again met those requirements. Your school's satisfactory academic progress policy will determine how often your progress is checked.

If, while you are receiving an Access Missouri award, you are found guilty of or plead guilty to any criminal offense that disqualifies you from receiving Title IV aid, you cannot renew your Access Missouri award.

How do I transfer my award?

You may transfer your eligibility to any participating school. If you choose to transfer to a different participating Missouri school, either between academic years or semesters, you must contact the MDHE at (800) 473-6757, option 4.

To transfer your award between semesters you must have been paid in the preceding fall semester or the school you are transferring to must have been on file with the MDHE by the September 30 deadline for addition of school choices.