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.

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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.
2021-2022 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scholarship recipient changes enrollment to another university or another college at MU, the scholarship will be rescinded.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)

The Federal Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant is awarded through the Office of Student Financial Aid to students who are completing, or intend to complete, coursework to begin a career in teaching and who agree to serve for a minimum of four years as a full-time, highly-qualified, high-need field teacher in a low-income school.

Students awarded the TEACH Grant are required to complete four years of qualified teaching service within eight years of completing their course of study for which the TEACH Grant was received. Failure to meet this or any other requirement of the TEACH Grant will result in the grant converting into a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan, with interest accrued and capitalized from the date of original grant disbursement.

Graduate Student Eligibility

Current TEACH Grant Eligible Graduate Programs Include:

Department of Learning, Teaching & Curriculum

  • Language and Literacies for Social Transformation (PhD)
  • Mathematics Education (MEd/EdSp/PhD)
  • Reading Education (EdD/PhD)
  • Science Education (MEd/MEd with Certification/EdSp/PhD)
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) (MEd)

Department of Special Education

  • Cross-Categorical Certification (MEd)
  • Special Education (MA/PhD)

For more information on the TEACH Grant, please visit:


Contact for additional information or to begin the application process.