2016 Most Affordable Colleges in Missouri

2016 Most Affordable Colleges in Missouri

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Northwest Missouri State University

Founded in 1905 as a teacher's college, Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Missouri currently offers 135 undergraduate programs and 36 graduate programs. Institutional grants or scholarships are provided to 90% of full-time beginning undergraduates, with students receiving an average institutional gift award of $4,411. Incoming freshmen are automatically considered for 12 scholarships, including the $5,000 President's Scholarship, the $3,500 Distinguished Scholarship, the $2,500 Tower Scholarship and the $1,000 Freshman Merit Award. Transfer students are also eligible for several admission-based scholarships like the $5,000 President's Scholarship, the $2,500 Transfer Distinguished Scholarship, the $1,500 Transfer Academic Scholarship and the $1,000 Transfer Merit Scholarship. Northwest Missouri State also offers institutional need-based grants, like the Bearcat Grant and the Northwest Grant.

Accreditation: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

CAG Score 96.0

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

6,720 Students

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Truman State University

A 180-acre campus that traces its origin to 1867, Truman State University has an average student population of 6,000 and offers 48 undergraduate majors, 58 minors, 8 undergraduate programs, 2 graduate certificate programs and several pre-professional areas of study. Admitted freshmen with outstanding academic achievements are automatically considered for several scholarships including the following: General John J. Pershing Scholarship (full tuition, room and board, one-time $4,000 study abroad stipend), Truman Leadership Scholarship (full in-state tuition, room and board), Missouri Boy's State/Missouri Girl's State Scholarship ($1,000/year), and the International Baccalaureate Scholarship ($2,000/year). Incoming freshmen who are National Merit Finalists who designated Truman as their first-choice school are eligible for the National Merit Scholarship, which awards scholarships with varying amounts up to full tuition.

Accreditation: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

CAG Score 95.6

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

6,248 Students

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Missouri Southern State University

Missouri Southern State University in Joplin awards bachelor's and master's degrees and is best known for its teacher education program. The university awards $4.4 million annually in scholarship money. High-achieving high school seniors can apply for the Presidential Scholarship ($1,750 a year) or Excellence Scholarship ($1,300 a year). Several scholarships are designated for transfer students. Need-based grants available to MSSU students include the federal Pell Grant and Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Access Missouri Grant, and the TEACH Grant for education majors. Residents of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota or Wisconsin automatically gain Midwest Students Exchange Program Awards, which are equal to half of the out-of-state portion of tuition. The university administers an interest-free tuition payment plan.

Accreditation: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

CAG Score 95.6

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

5,613 Students

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University of Central Missouri

The 13,000 students of the University of Central Missouri come from nearly every state and from 50 countries all over the world. Incoming freshmen who are Missouri residents can apply for the Red & Black Scholarship, the value of which may be determined by the UCM Scholarship Eligibility Calculator. Admitted non-resident freshmen can apply for the Non-Resident Scholar Award, which covers 25, 50, or 100 percent of non-resident fees. Transfer students from a community college can apply for the Community College Transfer Student Scholarship ($1,000 per semester), while transfer students from a 4-year college or university can apply for the Transfer Student Scholarship ($500 per semester).

Accreditation: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

CAG Score 95.5

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

13,379 Students

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Missouri Western State University

Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Missouri, grants associate, bachelor's and master's degrees and has an undergraduate enrollment of about 5,800. Missouri Western participates in need- based programs including federal Pell Grants and the Access Missouri Program ($1,000 to $2,150 per year). Incoming freshmen may be eligible for scholarships ($500 to $5,000) based on their academic performance in high school. Transfer students may qualify for scholarships ($1,000 to $5,000) based on their GPA. Out-of-state students can qualify for out-of-state fee waivers if they live in states that neighbor Missouri, and the university also offers the Missouri Western Frontier Scholarship ($1,500) to students from states other than Missouri. Graduate students can also receive an out-of-state waiver and apply for assistantships.

Accreditation: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

CAG Score 95.4

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

5,834 Students

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Central Methodist University

Central Methodist University is a private, four-year university that offers associate, bachelor's and master's degree programs. The University awards institutional grants or scholarships to 100% of full-time beginning undergraduates enrolled in its College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. These institutional awards include academic scholarships for incoming freshmen that range from $4,000 to $12,000 per year, the Eagle Select Scholarship (up to full-tuition) and the United Methodist Half-Tuition Scholarship. Students enrolled in the University's College of Graduate and Extended Studies are not eligible for institutional scholarship opportunities. Grant opportunities include the Federal Pell Grant ($605-$5,730 per year), the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant and various state grants. The University also offers a tuition payment plan that allows students to divide their tuition payment into six payments.

Accreditation: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

CAG Score 95.0

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

1,185 Students

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Missouri University of Science and Technology

Founded in 1870, Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, Missouri was the first technological institution west of the Mississippi. Institutional grants or scholarships are provided to 91% of full-time beginning undergraduates with students receiving an average award of $6,723. Incoming freshmen are automatically considered for merit-based awards like the Excellence Scholarship, which provides $5,500+ per year to Missouri residents and $11,000+ per year to non-Missouri residents. Additionally, the Trustee's Scholarship provides $4,000+ to Missouri residents and $10,000+ to non-Missouri residents, while the Miner Scholarship provides $2,000+ to Missouri residents and $7,000+ to non-Missouri residents. Freshmen are also eligible for the highly competitive Chancellor's Scholarship‎, which provides $12,000 per year to 15 students.

Accreditation: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

CAG Score 94.9

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

8,640 Students

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University of Missouri-Columbia

The University of Missouri in Columbia is the state's largest public research university and offers its 35,000 students more than 300 degree programs through 19 colleges and schools. Incoming freshmen with excellent academic backgrounds are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships such as the Mizzou Scholars Award ($10,000/year) and the Chancellor's Award ($6,500/year). The Quadrangle Award ($2,000/year) supports home-schooled freshmen or graduates of non-accredited high schools who are Missouri residents. Beginning students from under-represented ethnic groups (African-American, Hispanic, Native American, and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander) are considered for the following scholarships: Dr. Donald Suggs Scholarship ($12,500/year), George C. Brooks Scholarship ($7,500/year) and the Diversity Award ($2,500/year). Non-resident beneficiaries of these three programs also receive a waiver of non-resident tuition (approximately $14,000).

Accreditation: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

CAG Score 94.4

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

35,425 Students

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Missouri State University-Springfield

Missouri State University-Springfield is part of a four-campus system that has an enrollment of over 24,000 students, making it the second largest university system in the state. Institutional grants or scholarships are awarded to 48% of full-time beginning undergraduates, and incoming freshmen are eligible for numerous institutionally funded and donor funded scholarships through the university. Students that rank in the top 10% of their high school class or have a 3.9 GPA are eligible for the $12,500 per year Presidential Scholarship and the $2,000 per year University Scholarship. Students who have also earned a minimum ACT score of 28 are eligible for the Board of Governors Scholarship, which provides $5,000 per year for four-years.

Accreditation: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

CAG Score 93.8

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

21,816 Students

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St Charles Community College

St Charles Community College is a two-year college that offers associate degrees and certificates in the arts and sciences, as well as in business and career technical disciplines. The College provides financial aid to 80% of full-time, first-year students, and institutional grants or scholarships are provided to 4% of these students. Available scholarships include the full-tuition Trustees Scholarship, the full-tuition Military Families Scholarship, foundation scholarships ranging from $250 to $1,400, and Transfer Scholarships. Federal grants are awarded to 37% of full-time, first-year students, including Federal Pell Grants (up to $5,775 per year) and Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (between $200 and $4,000 per year). The College also participates in the Missouri A+ Schools Program, which covers tuition for qualifying students from area high schools.

Accreditation: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

CAG Score 93.5

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

7,153 Students

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Southeast Missouri State University

Founded as a teacher's college in 1873, Southeast Missouri State University currently offers over 150 academic programs. Incoming freshmen are eligible for several renewable scholarship opportunities based on GPA and ACT/SAT scores, including the full-tuition Governor's Scholarship (which also covers room and board), the full-tuition Regents' Scholarship and the $4,000 President's Scholarship. Transfer students who are residents of Missouri are eligible for the $3,000 Outstanding Community College Scholarship, the $1,500 Community College Scholarship and the $500 Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship. Non-resident transfer students are eligible for several scholarships as well, with awards ranging from $500 to $5,385 per year . Additionally, the University participates in College Access Programs, which offer between $1,500 and $2,400 per year to make college affordable for first-generation college attendees or those in underrepresented ethnic groups.

Accreditation: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

CAG Score 93.2

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

12,087 Students

How to Transfer College Credits in Missouri

In Missouri, students are able to transfer general education courses in a block of courses that is widely accepted. The state also offers an associate of arts degree with guaranteed transfer, plus a course equivalency guide for researching potential transfer opportunities.

Missouri students can complete a block of general education credit for transfer. This 42 hour minimum block of courses is transferable among a number of two and four year public institutions in Missouri, and typically satisfies the general education requirements with most institutions. However, some institutions require credits above the 42 hour minimum and may require additional course work to satisfy general education requirements.

If students complete an associate of arts degree in Missouri, that degree is guaranteed to transfer to a four year college or university in the state. The degree is designed as a general studies transfer degree. However, it’s important to keep in mind that not all institutions will grant associate’s degree holders with junior status, as graduation requirements may vary.

Students can use the Missouri Department of Higher Education Course Equivalency guide to research how courses they’ve completed may be accepted at a new institution.

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