Grants are applied for through the FAFSA and do not need to be repaid.  They are based on financial need which is the difference between the amount of money you and your family can contribute toward financing your education and your total cost of attendance. Most grants are available only to undergraduate students working on their first bachelor’s degree.

Sources of grants include the federal government, state government or institution -UMKC .

Federal Grants

Pell Grant

Pell Grants are awarded to undergraduate students who complete the FAFSA and are considered eligible based on their financial need.  The amount you receive will depend on your FAFSA information and enrollment.

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Students receive their maximum Pell grant when enrolled full time each semester (12+ credits).  The award will be reduced for less than full time enrollment.  Students should notify the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office if they will be enrolled in less than 12 credits per semester.  Amounts can change yearly.

Lifetime Limits

Did you know there’s a maximum amount of Federal Pell Grant funds you can receive for your undergraduate education?

The amount of Federal Pell Grant funds you may receive over your lifetime is limited by federal law to be the equivalent of six years of full time Pell grant funding.  If you enroll less-than-full-time, you may receive Pell grant beyond six years.  Since the maximum amount of Pell grant funding you can receive each year is equal to 100%, the six-year equivalent is 600%.  You can check your percentage of Pell grant received by logging into If your Pell grant percentage is less than 600%, you may still receive a Pell grant.

Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG) are awarded to undergraduate students who complete the FAFSA before February 1.  SEOG funds are limited and awarded to students based on financial need.

Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant

TEACH Grants are awarded to undergraduate OR graduate students who agree to serve in a ‘high-need field’.  In addition to the FAFSA, complete the TEACH Grant Application.

Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant

Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grants are awarded to students whose parent or guardian was a member of the U.S. armed forces and died as a result of military service performed in Iraq or Afghanistan after the events of 9/11.  Eligible recipients must have been under 24 years old or enrolled in college at least part-time at the time of their parent’s or guardian’s death.  Students who are not already eligible for a Pell Grant based on Expected Family Contribution, but meet the remaining Pell Grant eligibility requirements may be eligible to receive this award.

State Grants

The State of Missouri offers several grant opportunities to Missouri students who complete the FAFSA by the state priority deadline and demonstrate financial need.  For more information visit the Missouri Department of Higher Education website.

Access Missouri Grant

Complete a FAFSA by February 1.  Additional information can be found at Access Missouri Grant .

Access Missouri Grant funds are disbursed to the student’s UMKC Cashiers and Collections account after the semester starts.  Enrollment must be verified and funding must be received from the state.

Public Service Officer or Employee’s Child Survivor Grant Program

This program provides tuition assistance to certain public employees and their families if the employee is killed or permanently and totally disabled in the line of duty.

Wartime Veteran’s Survivors Grant Program

These grants are available annually to children and spouses of Veterans whose deaths or injuries were: a result of combat action or were attributed to an illness that was contracted while serving in combat action, or who became 80% disabled as a result of injuries or accidents sustained in combat action since September 11, 2001. The total number of veterans that may receive a grant in any year is limited by statute to 25.

Institutional Grants from UMKC

UMKC Advantage Grant

The UMKC Advantage Grant ensures tuition is met for full-time, Pell-eligible Missouri residents who file the FAFSA by April 1.  Medicine, Pharmacy, Conservatory students and Athletes are not eligible.