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:

Curator’s Grant-in-Aid Scholarship

The Curator’s Grant-in-Aid Scholarship was created in the early 1950s specifically for international students. Since its inception, thousands of international undergraduate and graduate students demonstrating good academic standing and financial need have been helped to successfully complete their programs of study.

The GIA Scholarship is designated exclusively for international undergraduate and graduate students. The scholarship is awarded on a single-semester basis based on an evaluation of academic merit, financial need, longevity at MU, and on-campus employment and student activities. Undergraduate awards provide $500 to $2,000 of tuition support for one semester, but often carry over from year-to-year depending on funding availability and number of qualified applicants. Graduate awards waive between one and nine credit hours of tuition toward required courses and all nonresident fees for all credit hours that you are enrolled in for one semester. These awards are not automatically renewable, but must be applied for each semester. No GIA Scholarships are available for the summer term.

You are eligible for the GIA Scholarship if, at the time of the application deadline, you meet all three of the following requirements:

  1. Have completed two regular semesters at MU (fall and spring terms are considered regular semesters).
  2. Are currently enrolled as a full-time, degree-seeking undergraduate or graduate student at MU. Students in professional programs (e.g., medicine, veterinary medicine, law) are not eligible.
  3. Have personal funding or other sources of financial support to pay for additional costs not covered by the scholarship.

You are not eligible for this scholarship if, at the time of application, you:

  • Have completed less than two regular semesters at MU.
  • Are not enrolled at MU as a full-time, degree-seeking student.
  • Are a permanent resident of the United States.
  • Are in F-2 or J-2 dependent status.
  • Are in a non-degree, “post-bac” or non-divisional academic status.
  • Are an undergraduate student with a GPA of less than 2.0, or a graduate student with a GPA of less than 3.0
  • Are a graduate student who has accepted an assistantship in the same semester as applying for a GIA Scholarship (if GIA scholarship is awarded and you accept an assistantship or scholarship that includes a nonresident fee waiver, the GIA Scholarship will be withdrawn).

Higher priority will be given to applicants who have not previously received a GIA Scholarship.

International Student and Scholar Services administers the GIA Scholarship program and is responsible for the collection and review of applications, as well as for making the award decisions. The office then notifies Student Financial Aid and Cashiers with its recommendations for student awards.

All applications are reviewed by ISSS staff and evaluated according to the eligibility criteria and the following factors:

  • Academic merit. Your cumulative GPA and faculty/adviser recommendation must indicate academic strength.
  • Financial need. Priority is given to applicants who demonstrate they have unanticipated or unusual financial circumstances that may significantly impact their academic progress.
  • Longevity. The length of time you have been at MU and the amount of time left for completion of your degree program will be taken into consideration.
  • Work and activities. You should identify sources of financial support and employment activity that demonstrate contributions toward your educational program. Information regarding your involvement in campus and community activities is also considered.

You will be notified by the beginning of the semester for which you are applying about the outcome of your application for a GIA scholarship. Award notices will be sent to your MU email address. If you fail to confirm the award as instructed in the notice, the award will be forfeited. The number of awards available varied from year to year. You are encouraged to seek other sources of funding, as there are typically more applicants than available funding.

Confirmed awards (scholarships and tuition waivers) will be applied to your student account by the Office of Student Financial Aid and Cashiers Office. Graduate tuition waivers are limited to courses necessary for degree completion. In addition, the Graduate School is responsible for posting nonresident tuition waivers of all credit hours for which you are enrolled.

Please read all instructions carefully. You will have an electronic checklist to guide you through the process and you do not have to complete the entire application in one session — you will be able to start an application and return to it later, until the application deadline passes. If you have questions about the application requirements or your eligibility for a GIA Scholarship, contact Kristen Colbrecht, director of International Student and Scholar Services.

The GIA application consists of the following requirements — all of which must be submitted online through myStatus:

  1. Acknowledgement. You must digitally acknowledge that the information submitted is accurate and complete.
  2. Recommendation. You are required to submit one recommendation from your primary academic adviser.
    • Undergraduate students: This may be the college adviser in your degree program.
    • Graduate students: This may be the dean of the Graduate School or the primary faculty adviser in your academic department.
    Additional recommendations will be accepted, but are not required. Recommendations must be received by the deadline in order for an application to be considered complete.
  3. Questionnaires. Online forms covering the following areas:
    • Academic and enrollment information
    • Financial support
    • General information
    • Projected expenses

For fall 2024, all application materials must be submitted online no later than 8 a.m. Monday, April 15, 2024.

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External scholarships and fellowships

  • IIE Funding for U.S. Study: An extensive database of scholarships, fellowships and grants organized and maintained by the Institute of International Education. Includes all types of funding programs for all levels of post-secondary study across a full range of academic areas.
  • Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund: Supports the education of women from eligible countries who are committed to working to empower women and children. Previous grant recipients have studied agriculture, architecture and urban planning, civil engineering, education, forestry, journalism, nursing, nutrition, pediatrics, public administration, public health, social sciences and social work.
  • American Association of University Women: Awards International Fellowships for full-time study or research to women who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Both graduate and postgraduate study at accredited institutions is supported. Applicants must have earned the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree, and must have applied to their proposed institution of study by the time of application. Selection criteria include an outstanding academic record, professional potential and the potential of the field of study to improve the lives of women and girls in the country of origin. Preference is given to women residing in their home countries at the time of application.
  • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation fellowships: Designed to help exceptionally promising students prepare for careers of teaching and scholarship in humanities disciplines. Multiple competitive fellowship and grant programs are available, with varying requirements and award amounts.
  • International Peace Scholarship: Provides grants for selected woemn from other countries for graduate study in the United States. Applicants must be qualified for admission to full-time graduate study and working toward a graduate degree at a college/university of their choice in the U.S. or Canada. Applicants must have a full year of coursework remaining and be enrolled on campus the entire year. Open to all nationalities.
  • Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program: Open to women and men from developing countries with relevant professional experience and a history of supporting their countries’ development efforts, and to Japanese nationals who are mid-career professionals whose work is dedicated to the alleviation of poverty and enhanced shared prosperity in developing countries. Scholarships provide tuition, monthly living stipend, round-trip airfare, health insurance and travel allowance.
  • King Faisal Foundation Scholarships: Provide grants for individual and communities and aids Muslim students in their studies in engineering, science and medicine. Scholarship program allows outstanding Muslim students the opportunity to undertake postgraduate studies at the universities of their choice. Open to students from Saudi Arabia.
  • Organization of American States Rowe Fund: Educational loan program that helps citizens from Latin American and Caribbean OAS member states finance their studies in the U.S. by awarding interest-free loans of up to $15,000.
  • Armenian Students Association: Provides scholarships to applicants who: are of Armenian ancestry; are enrolled as a full-time student at a four-year, accredited college/university in the United States; have completed at leas the first year of college. Awards are based on financial need, academic performance, ability for self-help and participation in extracurricular activities.