Admission, Financial Aid, and Housing Presentation
Missouri State stands apart Opportunities of Missouri’s second largest university Quality academic programs with a focus on career success A comfortable campus on which to live and learn Springfield is a great place to be a college student Affordability and value
Opportunities of Missouri’s second largest university More than 19,000 students from Missouri, nearly every other state and 80 other countries College life at its best, with NCAA Division I athletics and nearly 300 student organizations Some of the finest facilities and top-ranked programs in the state Statewide mission in Public Affairs
Themes of Public Affairs Community engagement Ethical leadership Cultural competence
Quality academic programs with a focus on career success More than 150 undergraduate majors and 48 graduate programs—many are the state’s strongest and largest. 90 percent of our ranked, full-time faculty members have a doctorate or the highest degree in their field. Our students get the competitive edge through the state’s largest internship program, which encourages employers throughout Missouri and the world to hire our graduates.
Comfortable campus on which to live and learn Our campus is uniquely compact. The average class size is 30 for freshman and sophomore level courses and 20 for junior and senior level courses. Our residence halls are among the very best in the country. Safety is a special focus at Missouri State. We are among a very select group of colleges in the country to have a city police department substation on our campus.
Springfield is a great place to be a college student Springfield is a great place to be a college student As Missouri’s third largest city, Springfield offers a wide range of opportunities for entertainment and recreation. Our fast growing and strong economy provides abundant employment opportunities and cost of living is about 10% below the national average. The surrounding Ozarks area is a great place for boating, canoeing, hiking, mountain biking and other forms of outdoor recreation.
Affordability and Value The following data are for the 2007-08 academic year, the most recent year for which comparative data are available.
APPLYING FOR ADMISSION
Application for Admission Springfield is a great place to be a college student When to apply? Freshmen—early in senior year of high school (or summer before) Transfer students—first month of last semester before transfer Why apply early? Priority in housing assignment and an earlier registration date
What to submit for application Springfield is a great place to be a college student Application for admission (Online is recommended but we do offer paper application as an alternative) $35 application fee High school transcript, plus any college transcript if dually enrolled ACT or SAT score (usually included on high school transcript)
What next? Springfield is a great place to be a college student Admission status is provided within three weeks from the date all application materials received. Students may check admission status online. Information on housing, financial aid, and our SOAR program is mailed to admitted students.
Freshman Admission Requirements Core curriculum Four units of English Three units of math Three units of social studies Two units of science One unit of a visual and performing art Three additional units of core courses Guaranteed admission Core curriculum plus one of the following: Rank in the top 25 percent of class GPA of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale ACT of 24 or higher Selection Index (“Sliding scale”) Combination of class rank or GPA and ACT or SAT Detailed chart in application for admission Other options
Transfer Admission Requirements 24 transferable credit hours from an accredited college completed after high school graduation 2.0 cumulative GPA
COSTS AND FINANCIAL AID
Cost information 2008/09 $6,256 Required Student fees (in-state) $5,666 Room & Board $900 Books & Supplies Total
$12,822 per year (in-state)
$18,102 per year (out-of-state)
Included amenities at no additional charge: visits to the health center, admission to athletic events, shuttle buses, and more. Our required student fees are at the average for public colleges in Missouri, and our room and board rates are among the state’s lowest.
How we can help meet these costs Merit based
Need based aid
Freshman Scholarships Refer to page 32 of the Admissions Guide for details. Apply for admission by March 1 for our academic scholarships.
December 1 for Hutchens/SGA Centennial Leader Scholarship
January 15 for Presidential Scholarship
February 1 for Multicultural Leadership Scholarship
Freshman Scholarships Selection is based on combination of ACT/SAT scores and GPA or class rank. The February ACT is the last test date we use for ACT score. (with the exception of the specific scholarship programs with earlier application deadlines) Sixth or seventh semester transcripts can be used for the GPA or class rank. If you are eligible for scholarships, notification is included in your letter of admission. Financial Aid will follow up with additional information on renewal and acceptance criteria.
Freshman Scholarships MISSOURI STATE PROMISE SCHOLARSHIP
Missouri State University will ensure that qualified Missouri students from households with incomes at or below 150% of the poverty level will receive sufficient gift aid to cover tuition and books.
For more information visit www.missouristate.edu/promise.
Need and Non-Need Based Programs Federal Grants over $12m awarded to MSU students in 07/08 Pell Grant Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (SEOG) Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG) State Grant Access Missouri – over 3,000 students awarded in excess of $4m
Need and Non-Need Based Programs Loans Federal Perkins (5%) Subsidized Federal Stafford (6% fixed) Interest deferred until 6 months after last date of enrollment Unsubsidized Federal Stafford (6.8% fixed) Interest begins as funds are disbursed PLUS Loan (8.5% fixed) Interest begins when disbursed
Need and Non-Need Based Programs Jobs Federal Work Study
Student Employment 400 Federal Work Study positions 1,600 other on-campus positions 250 placements off-campus
Deferred Payment Plan Available for required student fees and residence hall charges Monthly installments during the semester 1% per month on unpaid balance CAP-IT (Choice and Predictability in Tuition)
How to Apply for Financial Aid Institutional Complete Admissions Application. Contact specific department for departmental scholarships. General Scholarship Application required for foundation scholarships. Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) for need based scholarships
How to Apply for Financial Aid Private High School Counselor Library World Wide Web State FAFSA Federal FAFSA
Financial Aid Timeline Now to March 1, 2009 Apply for admission to meet scholarship deadlines. January 1, 2009 to March 31, 2009 Complete the FAFSA to meet university and state deadlines. Mid to late April 2009 Missouri State University will send your award letter.
Financial Aid Online
FAFSA on the Web
Missouri State University Financial Aid Information
Housing Lenord McGownd Assistant Director of Residence Life and Services
University Housing Policy All single students under 21 years of age who have fewer than 30 hours of transferable credit are required to reside in University housing. All other students are welcome as space permits. NOTE: students living with parents/grandparents within a 60-mile radius of Missouri State may request an exception to this policy. This policy stems from a long history of academic and student success within the residence halls.
Housing Contract and Assignment Timeline If you’re admitted to Missouri State byMarch 1:
Welcome letter mailed upon admission
Housing contract available online by December 1
If you are admitted before February 12 you may pick your own room beginning January 25.
If you are admitted after February 12 you may pick your room after completing your housing contract online.
Housing Contract and Assignment Timeline If you’re admitted to Missouri State after March 1:
Contract packet mailed upon admission.
Once you go online and complete the housing contract, you may pick your room at the same time!
Housing Contract and Assignment Timeline Step One: Your initial housing priority date is equal to your admission date, so APPLY EARLY to Missouri State! Step Two: Complete the housing contract online and make your payment within the two-week deadline. If we receive the housing contract after the deadline, the date received in our office will become the new housing priority date.
Room Assignment Step Three: Pick your ROOM!
Housing Benefits of Early Admission If you’re admitted to Missouri State and submit your housing contract and make your payment before the end of this year, you’re are more likely to be able to pick one of your top three or four residence hall preferences. Earlier admission will allow you an earlier time period to go online and select your own room!
A Tour of the Residence Halls Take your time and see all we have to offer in our award-winning residence hall system