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Choose Red for an affordable, transformative education.

The University of Central Missouri continually works to make the college experience more affordable for students who Choose Red.

  • Zero - The number of times tuition has increased more than the inflation rate in the past six years.
  • $4,216 - The average annual financial aid award per student that doesn't have to be repaid (grants, scholarships and work-study).
  • 92 - Percentage of students who received financial aid in 2011-12.
  • $110 million - The amount UCM awarded in institutional scholarships and aid in 2011-12.
  • Three - Percentage tuition has increased in 2012-13 is low and within the rate of inflation.
  • $2.3 million* - The lifetime earnings potential for someone with a bachelor's degree compared to $1.3 million lifetime earnings of someone with just a high school diploma.

Through scholarships, grants, work-study programs and more, there are many opportunities to help turn your collegiate goals into realities.

Steps to Affordability

  1. Apply for admission by Dec. 1 to be considered for merit-based scholarships. View our scholarship calculator.
    QuickFact: Most scholarship applications must be delivered or postmarked by March 1, 2013 for the 2013-2014 academic year, so be sure to apply early.

  2. Apply for federal aid through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online.
    QuickFact: What's FAFSA? It's the first step for applying for nearly all kinds of financial aid. Learn more about the FAFSA.

  3. Check with the UCM Foundation for college, departmental and alternative scholarships.
    QuickFact: Since 2012, the UCM Foundation's payout in scholarships and aid has increased 63% giving students a greater chance than ever to receive scholarship benefits.

  4. Accept financial aid assistance if necessary. Federal student loans are awarded based on the FAFSA. Many students use low-interest loan funding to help them with their educational and living expenses during college. A loan must be repaid along with any accrued interest. A student must be enrolled at least part time to be eligible for federal loans.

    Students and parents can also seek private educational loans. These non-need-based, non-federal programs help bridge the gap between the total cost to attend UCM and funding awarded from federal, state and other financial aid programs. For some private loan programs, principal and/or interest payments can be deferred until after the student graduates or otherwise has less than half-time enrollment status.
    QuickFact: More than 90% of UCM graduates are fully employed six months after graduation.

  5. Apply for a part-time campus job through the Federal Works-Study program on your FAFSA (if you qualify), or through the university-funded student employment program.
    QuickFact: Nearly 1,000 students work on campus at UCM each year, and hundreds more work off campus in the surrounding communities.

*According to The College Payoff, a report published by the Georgetown University Center for Education and the Workforce.