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Federal Pell Grant Program

This federal program provides grants to eligible undergraduate students and does not require repayment. A Pell Grant for a full-time student ranges between $639 and $6,345 for the 2020-2021 academic year. The amount received depends upon the EFC. Students attending full-time receive one-half of their Pell eligibility in the fall semester and one-half in the spring semester. Students attending less-than-full-time receive pro-rated awards in the same manner as full-time students.

The summer semester at MSSU is treated as a trailer to the academic year. Therefore, summer Pell payments will only be made for those students who are enrolled in summer classes and have remaining eligibility from the current academic year.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

These federal grants are very limited in number and the award amount ranges from $100-$4000 for the academic year. Like the Pell Grant, they need not be repaid. FSEOG awards will be made to applicants with the greatest financial need (as determined by the federal processor). Priority in awarding FSEOG funds will be given to Pell eligible students who have submitted and completed their financial aid paperwork by the priority deadline for the fall semester. In the event that there are additional FSEOG funds remaining, the same process will apply to Pell eligible files completed after the priority deadline. MSSU FSEOG funds are usually depleted before the priority deadline; however, the award process will be adhered to student by student until the funds are exhausted. FSEOG funds that have been awarded to students who do not complete the enrollment process and do not attend, will later be awarded to the next eligible applicant for the upcoming semester.

Access Missouri Program

This state of Missouri grant program provides awards to qualified Missouri residents attending participating Missouri colleges on a full-time basis. This state-funded grant to undergraduate students with financial aid need does not require repayment. Students indirectly apply for the Access Missouri program when they complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The deadline for applying for these programs is printed in the FAFSA instructions and is generally February 1st of each year. Additionally, renewal students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.5. This grant is available up to 150 attempted credit hours.


The TEACH Grant Program provides grants of up to $4,000 a year to students who are completing or plan to complete course work needed to begin a career in teaching.

To receive a TEACH Grant, you must:

  • Meet the basic eligibility criteria for the federal student aid programs.
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®).
  • Be enrolled as an undergraduate, post baccalaureate, or graduate student at a school that participates in the TEACH Grant Program.
  • Be enrolled in a TEACH-Grant-eligible program.
  • Meet certain academic achievement requirements (generally, scoring above the 75th percentile on one or more portions of a college admissions test or maintaining a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25). For specific information about the academic requirements, talk to the financial aid office at your college or career school.
  • Receive TEACH Grant counseling that explains the terms and conditions of the TEACH Grant service obligation. You must complete counseling each year that you receive a TEACH Grant.
  • Sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve.

*For more information see online.