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Future Freshman Scholarships


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! 


Fill Out Your FAFSA!

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
Ward Edwards 1100
Tel: (660) 543-8266 | Fax: (660) 543-8080

Send written requests to:
University of Central Missouri
Student Financial Services
Attn: Scholarships
PO Box 800
Warrensburg, MO 64093

Signature Scholarships/Grants

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 ->

Earn up to full tuition and fees through the Red and Black Scholarship


Red & Black Scholarship

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!

See how much you can earn with the Red & Black Scholarship

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UCM Bound Out-of-State Scholarship

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.

View UCM Bound Out-of-State Scholarship details

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UCM Dual Credit Scholarship

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!

Learn more about the Dual Credit Scholarship



UCM Scholarship Finder

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.





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