The competitive cost at UCM, combined with financial aid opportunities prepares you for a prosperous future. Financial aid money is available from federal, state and institutional scholarships as well as private sources to help you and your family pay for the cost of attending college.
UCM has many financial assistance programs that can help you bring your total educational and living expenses well within reach. In fact, 94% of UCM undergraduates receive financial aid!
Filling out your FAFSA is one of the most important things you can do to get money for college. It’s your key to unlocking scholarships, grants and even work-study funding. Plus, it’s fast and free!
UCM FASFA Code: 002454
Student Financial Services - Scholarship Assistance
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All incoming freshmen students will automatically be considered for the scholarships/grants below after submitting their UCM Application for Admission, high school transcript and ACT composite score. No other application is necessary. Completing the application for admission process early is strongly encouraged. Scholarship recipients will be notified by mail at their home address.
***All scholarships & awards (including the Mule Grant beginning Fall 2023) are available for new, first-time, freshmen up to one year, or two semesters (Fall/Spring), after graduation from high school, as long as they did not attend anywhere else post-graduation. For example, if a student graduated from high school in May 2021, and did not attend any other college after high school, needs to start at UCM by the Fall 2022 semester, or he/she would not be eligible.
Mule Grant (starting fall 2023)
The Mule Grant awards new, first-time undergraduate degree-seeking students and new, first-time transfer students with an associate degree who are residents in the state of Missouri the opportunity to attend UCM with less financial stress. Learn More Here ->
UCM’s signature Red and Black Scholarship provides students with more money so they can focus on their future and graduate with less debt. This automatic, merit-based scholarship can be combined with other scholarships and is guaranteed – if you qualify, you receive it! Plus, it is renewable for up to eight semesters!
Awarded to students whose permanent residence is in one of the eight states that border Missouri or one of the five Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association Conference (MIAA) border states. Plus, this is automatically renewed for students who maintain legal residence in one of the qualifying states and aren't recipients of other programs that cover all or partial non-resident fees.
The UCM Dual Credit Scholarship provides assistance for incoming freshmen who have taken at least one dual credit course with UCM, and meets the required academic and enrollment criteria. Plus, it is renewable for up to six semesters!
UCM Foundation Scholarships
Apply for multiple scholarships with a single online application! UCM Scholarship Finder makes it easy and convenient to find 685+ UCM Alumni Foundation scholarships established by generous friends of the university. The application for the 2023-2024 academic year will be available on Sept. 6, 2022. Complete your application for scholarships before the priority deadline of Feb. 1, 2023 for your greatest chance of being selected. The scholarship application closes on March 15, 2023.
Find and Apply for UCM Foundation Scholarships
Scholarship Eligibility Calculator for Freshmen
Please note: UCM scholarships may be reduced or canceled in the event the University of Central Missouri Board of Governors determines a financial exigency exists or state appropriations are substantially reduced to such an extent that funding is not available - or - if the recipient fraudulently misrepresents any information or engages in serious misconduct warranting substantial disciplinary penalty.
Student Financial Services
PO Box 800
Tel: (660) 543-8266
Fax: (660) 543-8080