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Applying for Financial Aid

Undergraduate Students

Transfer Students - Undergraduate

In Addition to the Steps Above

  • If you have already completed the FAFSA, be sure to add UCM's school code (002454) so your results can be processed.
  • Ensure you have cancelled any accepted aid with the school you are transferring from.
  • If you had a Perkins loan at the school you are transferring from, be sure to notify the school of your enrollment status at UCM.
  • If you plan to take a Federal Stafford Student loan, be sure to electronically send your Master Promissory Note and Entrance Loan Counseling confirmation to UCM via the Student Loans website.
  • If your parent completed a PLUS loan for your previous school, a new application will need to be completed with UCM selected as the school to receive the results.
  • Recipients of the Access Missouri Grant, Bright Flight Scholarship, or other state assistance should contact the Missouri Department of Higher Education (800-473-6757) to ask if the funds can be transferred to UCM.
  • Apply by March 1 for UCM Foundation Scholarships through the MoCents application; in most cases, the award is received the following school year.

Types of Financial Aid - Undergraduate

Financial Assistance comes in many forms, please visit the Types of Financial Aid page to read more about the funding available.

 

Graduate Students

Transfer Students - Graduate

In Addition to the Graduate Steps Above:

  • If you have already completed the FAFSA, be sure to add UCM's school code (002454) so your results can be processed.
  • Ensure you have cancelled any accepted aid with the school you are transferring from.
  • If you had a Perkins loan at the school you are transferring from, be sure to notify the school of your enrollment status at UCM.
  • If you plan to take a Federal Stafford Student loan, be sure to electronically send your Master Promissory Note and Entrance Loan Counseling confirmation to UCM via the Student Loans website.
  • If you have a Private Educational Loan (Alternative Loan) with your previous school, contact your loan provider to have the results sent to UCM; a new application may be required.
  • Apply by March 1 for UCM Foundation Scholarships through the MoCents application; in most cases, the award is received the following school year.

Types of Financial Aid - Graduate

Financial Assistance comes in many forms, please visit the Types of Financial Aid page to read more about the funding available.

International Students

Information about scholarship and award programs for which international students may qualify is available from UCM International Admissions and MoCents. Federal Aid is dependent on your citizenship or immigration status. Please see the section "I am not a U.S. Citizen" on the flyer "Can I get financial aid?"

Payment methods outside of financial aid can be found on the Payment Options page.

Types of Financial Aid - International

Financial Assistance comes in many forms, please visit the Types of Financial Aid page to read more about the funding available.

Military Tuition Assistance

The Office of Military and Veteran Services, located on the lower-level of Elliot Union (room 117) is where you can find all information related to educational benefits for active duty, retirees, guard, reservists, and their dependents.

If a FAFSA is completed in addition to receiving Military Tuition Assistance, you may be eligible for other types of financial aid.

Summer Semester

Any student that is planning to use financial aid or an outside loan provider, must electronically complete the "Application for Summer Aid" in MyCentral on the Student Services tab. 

The application will become available the first week of March each year.

Completing the Summer application notifies your financial aid counselor of your intent to enroll for the Summer. We will review your eligibility to determine if you have any remaining or additional aid for the Summer semester. Please note that Summer aid estimates are often based upon successful completion of the Spring semester classes you are currently taking.

Only students planning to pay completely out-of-pocket do not need to complete the "Application for Summer Aid."

In addition, for a continuing UCM student (one enrolled at UCM during the 2017 Fall semester and/or 2018 Spring semester) to receive summer financial aid, (s)he must also have met the 2017/2018 Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress (checked in May after 2018 Spring Semester grades have been posted).

Questions? Contact the UCM Office of Student Financial Services in person or by mail (1100 Ward Edwards Bldg.), by telephone (660-543-8266) or on-line. Summer office hours are 7:30 am. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

 2018 Summer Financial Aid

2018 Summer Financial Aid Information

Beginning with the Summer 2018 term, if eligible, you can receive an additional Pell Grant disbursement equal to a full semester amount (if in 12 hours) or half (if in 6 hours). If you are enrolled in less than 6 hours in the Summer, you can only use your remaining eligibility (if any) from 2017-2018. The awarded amount will be based on either your 2017-18 FAFSA or 2018-19 FAFSA, whichever is greater. The actual amount will be set at the time of awarding for the Summer. If the 2018-19 FAFSA has not been filed, you will be awarded from the 2017-18 FAFSA. This additional Pell Grant disbursement will count against your lifetime limit.

Be sure to carefully read the following information before you submit your Summer Application from the Student Services tab in MyCentral. It is very important that you understand this information.

To be Considered for Summer Financial Aid

To be considered for federal aid for the 2018 Summer Session, the data from your 2017/2018 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required to be on file with the University of Central Missouri. If you've not yet done so, submit a 2017/2018 FAFSA to UCM (002454) as soon as possible at fafsa.gov. Please be aware that the national FAFSA processing agency cannot accept a 2017/2018 FAFSA after June 30, 2018. In addition, you must also submit the 2018 Summer Session Request for Federal Financial Aid (available at MyCentral in early March). The Summer Request (available in early March) is at the bottom of the page on the Student Services tab in MyCentral. Please carefully review the following information before you click on the link to submit your Request for Federal Financial Aid.

After your Summer Application has been reviewed by the UCM Office of Student Financial Services, the summer assistance offered will be posted at your MyCentral portal for you to accept. Click on "Financial Aid Status" under UCM Financial Aid and submit "Award Year 2017/2018"). This should occur within 2 weeks after you submit your Request for Federal Financial Aid.

Types of Federal Aid

The types of federal aid expected (but not guaranteed) to be available for the 2018 Summer Session (which is actually the third term of the 2017/2018 award year), include PLUS (parent) Loan, Pell Grant (if you're otherwise eligible), Stafford (student) Loan (if its determined that you have remaining eligibility from the current 2017/2018 school year), and part-time employment. You can find additional information about the available types of aid on the "Applying for Aid" page under your grade level.

Requirements to Receive Federal Aid

In accordance with federal aid regulations, please be aware that you must enroll for and attend the following minimumtotal number of summer credit hours. These hours can be taken at any time throughout the 2018 Summer Session:

  • Pell Grant - at least one (1) undergraduate hour, in certain circumstances. However, most students
    (if otherwise eligible) will need to enroll for six (6) or more undergraduate hours.
  • Stafford Loan – at least six (6) undergraduate hours or at least four (4) graduate hours.
  • Work-Study – at least six (6) undergraduate hours or at least four (4) graduate hours.
  • PLUS Loan - at least six (6) undergraduate hours. 

Very Important! If you enroll for 2018 Summer Session credit hours, receive financial assistance, but then drop one or more of your classes, some (or even all) of the summer assistance that was credited to your UCM account may have to be reversed from your account, depending on the start date of the class(es) dropped and/or the last date you attended/participated in the class(es). Therefore, be sure to enroll only for the summer classes you plan to attend and participate in, and that are required for completion of your degree/certification program.

Application of Federal Aid to Student Account

Your grant and/or loan assistance will be scheduled to credit your UCM account after your summer classes begin. The UCM Office of Student Financial Services will then provide you (by direct-deposit to your personal bank account or by a mailed UCM check) any credit balance funds remaining after your total summer charges have been satisfied. Please realize, however, that your credit balance cannot be released until after the first day of the first summer class for which you're enrolled.

Non-Degree or Visiting Students

If you’ll be classified a Non-Degree or Visiting student at UCM for the 2018 Summer Session, federal financial aid regulations prevent you from receiving any aid from UCM. For example, if your home school during the regular school year is Rhode Island State University, financial aid cannot be received from UCM (your host school) during the summer. In accordance with federal rules, a student must be fully admitted to a degree (or teaching certificate) program at UCM to qualify for assistance. 

 

Emergency Short-Term Loan Information

The UCM Emergency Short-Term Loan program assists students who need immediate financial help for non-UCM expenses such as rent, food, car repairs, etc. An otherwise eligible student is normally permitted to borrow up to $1000 in Short-Term Loan funds for a specific semester.

To qualify to receive a UCM Emergency Short-Term Loan, you must be:

  • Enrolled at least half-time for the semester during which you'll receive the loan funds,
  • Have a minimum overall cumulative grade point average of 2.0,
  • Not be on academic probation,
  • Not have any outstanding unpaid or past due UCM charges, and
  • Not have any record of check(s) returned to UCM due to insufficient funds.

In addition, you must have forthcoming financial aid with which the loan can be repaid. A loan cannot be approved against employment or other outside sources of assistance.

If you are approved to receive an Emergency Short-Term Loan, you will be required to participate in on-line Financial Awareness Counseling through the U.S. Department of Education's Student Loans website (studentloans.gov) before your loan check can be released to you. (This counseling is separate from the Stafford Loan Entrance Counseling you may have completed.)

To apply for a Short-Term Loan, complete and submit to the Office of Student Financial Services the Emergency Short-Term Loan Application and documentation for the reason you need the Emergency Short-Term Loan (i.e. copies of past due bills, written estimate for car repair, etc.). Be sure to carefully read the information and policies. It can take several days from the date you apply for an Emergency Short-Term Loan for you to actually receive your loan check.

Watch your active messages on MyCentral to see if you have been approved or not and when your check will be available for you to pick up from the Office of Student Financial Services, Ward Edwards 1100. Remember to bring your photo ID and a copy of the completed Financial Awareness Counseling page with you.

Financial Aid Policies

The office of financial aid maintains a collection of policies and procedures that facilitate the financial aid process.  In addition, if you are considering withdrawing or dropping a class, or have done so in the past, you should be aware of the policies and procedures that can impact your ability to keep and/or receive financial aid.

Types of Financial Aid

 Get information about what federal, state, or private sources of financial aid you may be eligible to receive. Learn more.

Contact

Student Financial Services
Warrensburg MO 64093
Ward Edwards 1100
Tel: (660) 543 - 8266
Fax: (660) 543 - 8080

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