Each year, the College awards graduate students more than 60 scholarships totaling $200,000. Graduate students submit scholarship applications each spring, and awards are distributed during the following fall or spring semesters.


The 2020-2021 application window closed March 1, 2020.

The 2021-2022 application window will open at 12:00 am January 1, 2021 and will close at 11:59 pm March 1, 2021.

  • New Students: Note that this deadline may come before your application for graduate school has been fully considered.
  • Continuing Students: A new application form must be submitted each year to renew your current scholarship or to be considered for new awards.
2020-2021 Graduate Student Scholarship Application


The various scholarships are awarded based on a number of criteria, including:

  • academic achievement
  • financial need
  • choice of program
  • nationality or ethnicity
  • public service

If a College of Education scholarship recipient changes enrollment to another university or another college at MU, the scholarship will be rescinded.

Federal Student Aid

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for need-based scholarships. MU’s priority deadline is February 1, 2021. Students can apply starting October 1, 2020 using their 2019 tax returns. For complete information on financial aid, contact the MU Financial Aid Office.

Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education Grant (TEACH Grant)

Graduate Student Eligibility

Graduate students may apply for the TEACH Grant if their program will yield a certification in one of the following areas: Reading Specialist, Gifted Education, Cross Categorical, or TESOL. For additional information on the TEACH Grant visit


Contact Jason Fenton, TEACH Grant Coordinator, for additional information or to begin the application process.