Undergraduate Student Financial Assistance
2011/2012 School Year
The University of Central Missouri Office of Student Financial Services is pleased to assist graduating high school seniors and other new and continuing undergraduate students who wish to be considered for financial assistance to help them pay the educational and living expenses they’ll incur to attend the University of Central Missouri. For a smooth application process, you're encouraged to follow these steps:
Apply and be fully accepted for admission to a degree program offered by the University of Central Missouri. Contact the UCM Office of Admissions for more information about this process. You're welcome to apply for federal financial aid for 2011/2012 while waiting to be fully admitted to UCM. Please be advised however, that individuals classified as 'visiting' or 'non-degree' high school students for the 2011/2012 school year, in accordance with federal regulations, are not permitted to receive federal aid.
- Complete and submit a 2011/2012 FAFSA. This application will be available on-line after January 1, 2011. Your FAFSA must be submitted before April 1, 2011 for you to be considered an 'on-time' applicant. April 1 is also the FAFSA deadline to be considered for Access Missouri Grant funding. The 2011/2012 FAFSA is used to apply for federal financial aid for the 2011 Fall semester, 2012 Spring semester and is also needed for you to be considered for 2012 Summer Session assistance. A FAFSA may be submitted throughout the 2011/2012 school year, however, February and March of 2011 are normally the best months to complete the FAFSA (you'll still be considered an 'on-time' applicant). The 2011/2012 FAFSA can be accepted by the National FAFSA processing agency until June 30, 2012.
- Watch your email account (or your mailbox) for the acknowledgments that will be sent to you by the national FAFSA processing agency and by UCM shortly after your FAFSA is submitted. Review your FAFSA data carefully. Make any corrections to your FAFSA information in accordance with the instructions you’ll be provided.
- Approximately 35% of all federal aid applicants are selected by the U.S. Department of Education each year to have their 2011/2012 FAFSA data verified. If chosen (you’ll be notified by UCM), carefully complete and submit to the Office of Student Financial Services the required Verification Worksheet with photocopies of the signed 2010 federal tax return(s) and W-2 statement(s) that will be requested.
- Watch your email account. You'll be notified by the UCM Office of Student Financial Services with instructions how to access and respond to (at your MyCentral Portal) the types of assistance you'll qualify to receive for the 2011/2012 school year.
- If your parent wishes to apply for a Federal PLUS Loan be sure to have him/her submit the on-line 2011/2012 PLUS Loan Request available at your portal.
- If you’ll be borrowing Federal Stafford Loan assistance for the first time at UCM, complete your on-line Stafford Loan Master Promissory Note (MPN) by clicking here.
- If you'll be borrowing Federal Stafford Loan assistance for the first time at UCM, you must also complete Federal 'enttrance' counseling by clicking here.
- If you’re a first-time UCM student, be sure to attend Orientation. You and your parents will learn more about UCM, you’ll enroll for your classes, and your questions can be answered during this visit. If you’re not able to attend an orientation session, feel free to schedule a visit to campus by contacting the Office of Admissions.
- Full-time enrollment (12 or more undergraduate credit hours per semester) is required for a student to receive SEOG grant, Perkins Loan, Work-Study employment, Access Missouri Grant and most scholarship aid. Half-time enrollment (6 or more undergraduate hours per semester) is required to receive Stafford (student) Loan and PLUS (parent) Loan assistance.
- Please read and respond to all mailed and emailed correspondence you receive from UCM. If you’re unsure about what to do or how to respond, let us know.
- Are you experiencing processing delays or problems? Perhaps you have extenuating family, financial, or personal circumstances you believe may impact your federal financial aid eligibility or are affecting your ability at attend UCM.. If so, stop by the Office of Student Financial Services during regular office hours to visit with a Financial Aid Officer. You may also contact the office by phone (660-543-8266) or by on-line.
- Receive your money! Credit balance funds from Stafford Loan disbursements are direct-deposited for first-year students starting 30 calendar days after the first day classes. However, credit balance funds from federal and state grants and loans (including Stafford Loans for continuing borrowers) and most scholarships are direct-deposited during the second week of classes each semester.
- A step-by-step guide for completing the 2011-2012 FAFSA is currently being prepared by the Missouri Department of Higher Education, and will be available after January 1, 2011 by clicking here.