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Funding your education

International students are charged non-resident tuition rates and fees for coursework at MU. Financial aid resources for international students are somewhat limited and highly competitive. Funding options available to international students include:

  • The Curator's Grant-in-Aid program is available for currently enrolled international graduate and undergraduate students once you have attended MU for two full semesters. These one-time awards typically offer a $2,000–$4,000 fee waiver for one semester.
  • The International Merit Scholarship is available to some non-U.S. and non-Missouri residents who are enrolled at MU for their first semester after secondary school graduation. You must have a combined SAT score of 1,200 or higher (critical reading and math scores) and a TOEFL score of 79 or higher (550-pbt; or 7.0 IELTS overall band score) to receive the $4,000 award.
  • The International Honors Scholarship is available to qualified non-U.S. and non-Missouri residents who have enrolled at MU directly after secondary school graduation and maintained an excellent academic record in secondary school. You must have a combined SAT score of 1,290 or higher (critical reading and math scores) or an ACT composite score of 29 or higher. This $10,000 per year award also includes admission to the MU Honors College.
  • The Global Black & Gold Scholarship offers a renewable, 100 percent nonresident tuition waiver (approximately $15,000 per year) to eligible undergraduate international students. In addition to having a parent who graduated from MU, you must have a combined SAT score of 1,280 or higher or a composite ACT score of 27 or higher to be eligible for the award.
  • The MU Alumni Association's Global Tiger Scholarship is available to returning international students. These awards are $1,000 and are generally nonrenewable.
  • Graduate assistantships, including both teaching and research assistantships, are part-time employment opportunities for graduate students and are applied for through academic departments or other campus divisions. Assistantships are generally 10–20 hours per week and offer a monthly stipend along with a tuition waiver. More information about graduate assistantships, as well as other financial resources for graduate study at MU, is available on the Graduate Studies website.
  • It may be possible to find externally sponsored scholarships and grants for international students.