The University of Missouri has been selected by the Institute of International Education to receive an IIE American Passport Project grant. This grant and matching funds from MU International Programs will enable 50 Mizzou students to obtain a U.S. passport at no cost. MU was one of only 40 institutions selected from nearly 200 applicants for this grant.
It has long been part of IIE’s mission to increase participation and diversity in study abroad, so that all students can gain the academic and career benefits of international experience — a mission shared by Mizzou Study Abroad. The IIE American Passport Project grant is intended to promote diversity, inclusion, access and equity in study abroad and support member institutions’ efforts to encourage students to go abroad who otherwise would not participate in an international experience during college. For students of limited means, studying abroad can require long-term planning and involve financial hurdles, like the cost of a passport, that could bar them from moving forward.
Eligibility and application
Mizzou students who meet all these eligibility criteria are encouraged to apply for this award.
- Fall 2021 freshman
- Pell Grant-eligible
- U.S. citizen/permanent resident
- Do not have a current U.S. passport
- Identify as one or more of the following:
- Racial/ethnic minority student
- LGBTQIA+ student
- Gender diverse student
- First-generation college student
- Student with a disability
- Student with demonstrated financial need
- Veteran student
- Non-traditional age student
- Student who has never traveled abroad