Student success means ensuring all College of Education students have access to world-class learning opportunities, in and out of the classroom, and can thrive on our campus. We are committed to supporting students through every step of their Mizzou journey. Helping our students graduate with as little debt as possible is a top priority.
Outlined below, you will find several options to help support you financially on your journey. Along the way, should you find yourself experiencing temporary resource shortages, registration holds, or food insecurity, please contact Dr. John Lannin, Associate Dean for Student Success and Academic Affairs, or your academic advisor.
Dorsey Scholars Program
Named in honor of Associate Professor of Higher Education, Dr. Carolyn Ann Dorsey, the Dorsey Scholars Program is designed for underrepresented students in the College of Education to ensure their successful and timely completion of education degrees from the University of Missouri. Dorsey Scholars receive an annual scholarship award of up to $8,000, renewable for an additional three years*. Dorsey Scholars are automatically members of the Dorsey Leadership Academy.
* Program requirements must be met each semester.
To apply for the Dorsey Scholars Program, visit http://bit.ly/DorseyScholarsApplication.
Federal Student Aid
Four out of five Mizzou students receive some form of financial aid. Even if you think you are not eligible, you might be. Be sure to explore all of your options. Start by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You can read more about federal aid eligibility on the MU Student Financial Aid website.
Generous donors have established numerous endowed scholarship funds to benefit College of Education undergraduate students. Each year, the College awards over $500,000 in scholarships. Our academic units also offer awards to students enrolled in their program areas (Example: Learning, Teaching & Curriculum and Special Education). Scholarship awards typically range from $1,000 to $3,000 annually.
October 1: FAFSA available – MU’s Code: 002516
December 1: Apply for general and departmental scholarships
January 1: Scholarship application deadline for first-time college students, continuing students, and transfer students
February 1: MU’s priority consideration deadline for submission or renewal of the FAFSA
Scholarships are education funds that do not have to be repaid. Eligibility is based on a review of the following factors:
- Merit (academic achievement, skills, leadership qualities, community service, etc.)
- Need (financial need, hardship, etc.)
- Special Characteristics (ethnicity, place of residence, intended major, etc.)
To be considered for College of Education undergraduate scholarships, log in to ScholarshipUniverse and answer a series of matching questions. Be sure to review our Tips, below.
Applying for Scholarships
Many scholarships are based on financial need as well as merit or other special characteristics. Financial need is determined by the results of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form (available October 1 – MU’s FAFSA code is 002516).
You must complete the FAFSA and the MU Scholarship application in ScholarshipUniverse annually by the Mizzou priority deadlines to be considered for College of Education scholarships and grants.
- If you are an incoming freshmen or first-time college student, you will access ScholarshipUniverse via your Application Status Page after you submit your application for admission.
- Answer as many of the ScholarshipUniverse matching questions as you can.
- Searching for “MU Financial Aid General Scholarship” is a shortcut to filling out an application that qualifies you for dozens of Mizzou scholarships. Do this one first.
- When given a chance to share information about yourself, please do. Especially important:
- Essay for scholarship impact
- Extracurricular activities
- Awards and honors
- Work/volunteer experience
- Contributions to community
- Special attribute(s)/accomplishment(s)
- Biggest influence(s)
- We would like to know about:
- Your desire to become an educator.
- Your experience with education broadly.
- Your desire to attend Mizzou.
- Complete individual applications – both internal and external – after completing the “MU Financial Aid General Scholarship.”
- Certain scholarships require Missouri residency – information on how to establish Missouri residency can be found via the MU Office of the University Registrar.
If a College of Education scholarship recipient changes enrollment to another university or another college within MU, the scholarship will be rescinded. All scholarships, grants, and financial resources you receive are subject to being reduced if the combined total reaches your maximum Cost of Attendance. For more information about financial aid, visit the MU Student Financial Aid website.
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.
Undergraduate Student Eligibility
A cumulative MU GPA of at least 3.25 is required. If a cumulative MU GPA does not exist yet, testing above the 75th percentile on a nationally-recognized admissions test (ACT or SAT) is acceptable.
Current TEACH Grant Eligible Undergraduate Programs Include:
Department of Learning, Teaching & Curriculum
- Mathematics Education – Middle or Secondary (BS Ed)
- Science Education – Middle or Secondary (BS Ed)
- Earth Science
Department of Special Education
- Special Education (BS Ed)
For more information on the TEACH Grant, please visit: studentaid.gov/teach
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information or to begin the application process.
Thanks to our generous donors, Mizzou Education awards over $500,000 in scholarships each year!
Are you interested in empowering our next generation of leaders? Please consider making a gift in support of student scholarships. Contact our Advancement Office at 573-882-5111 or MizzouEdAdvancement@missouri.edu, or donate online.