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Grants are free money and help cover the cost of your education. Funding can come from the federal government, State of Missouri, or Southeast.

To be considered for the maximum amount of grants, including FSEOG, your FAFSA must be processed prior to February 1st (submit by mid-January) each year. However, you may complete the FAFSA for Pell or TEACH grant consideration up to June 30 of the award year.

Federal Grants

The Pell Grant is awarded to undergraduate students, completing their first bachelor's degree. The amount you will receive depends on your:

  • Expected Family Contribution (EFC), as determined by the FAFSA
  • Status as a full-time or part-time student
  • Plans to attend school for a full academic year, or less

The amount awarded can change annually. For the 2019-2020 award year (July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2020), Pell grants may be awarded for EFCs below 5,577. The maximum annual award is $6,195, for an EFC of zero and full-time enrollment.

Pell grants are paid based on enrollment at the time hours are "frozen" each semester. If a class(es) is added/dropped after this day, the grant amount will not change (increase or decrease), except in the case of an instructor initiated drop for non-attendance, or a complete withdrawal from all classes.

Complete withdrawals, at any time in the semester, may result in a student being responsible for the repayment of the full (or partial) Pell grant, based on Return to Title IV regulations

Pell Lifetime Eligibility

Pell Grant eligible students can receive up to 150% of their scheduled Pell award for each year. Learn more about Year-round Pell grants.

The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) is awarded to undergraduate students who have their FAFSA processed prior to February 1st (submit by mid-January), and meet the following criteria:

  • Demonstrate exceptionally high financial need, as determined by the FAFSA
  • Are enrolled in at least 6 credit hours
  • Are seeking their first bachelor's degree

Currently, Southeast awards up to $1,000 per academic year. 

Note: This program has limited funding. Once all funds are exhausted FSEOG may not be available, even if the above criteria are met.

The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant can be awarded to undergraduate and graduate students. Students must intend to teach full-time, in high need subject areas, for at least four years at schools that serve students from low-income families.

To be considered for this grant students must declare a TEACH Grant eligible major and meet one of the listed academic achievements. Additionally, undergraduates must be admitted in the Teacher Education Program within the College of Education before becoming eligible. 


The TEACH grant can be awarded for up to $4,000 per academic year, depending upon enrollment. While funding is considered a grant (free money), if students do not meet their post-graduation teaching commitment, this grant converts to an unsubsidized loan, and interest is applied retroactively.

TEACH Grant Application 

State Grants (MO Residents)

The Access Missouri Financial Assistance Program (grant) is awarded to undergraduate students, completing their first bachelor's degree. To be eligible, students must meet the following criteria:

  • FAFSA processed by the priority deadline, February 1st (submit by mid-January)
  • EFC of 12,000 or less (as determined by the FAFSA) and demonstrated financial need
  • Full-time enrollment (12+ credit hours/semester)
  • Maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA
  • Have completed less than 150 GPA hours

Access Missouri funding is based on FAFSA information and annual funding from the Missouri Department of Education. Statutory minimum awards are $1,500 and maximum awards are $2,850. For 2019-2020, the current maximum Access Missouri is reduced to $2,000/year, due to state funding levels. 

The Fast Track Workforce Incentive Grant is a new financial aid program for adults who are entering college for the first time, or who have some college credit. The Fast Track grant can be used to pursue a certificate, degree, or industry-recognized credential in an area designated as high need for the state of Missouri. To be eligible, prospective students must meet the following criteria:

  • Missouri residents who are 25 years or older or have not been enrolled in any school within the last two years
  • Have not earned a bachelor's degree
  • Enroll at least half-time
  • Earning no more than $80,000 filing jointly, or no more than $40,000 per year as a single tax filer

More Information & Grant Application 

The Public Service Officer Survivor Grant is available to certain public employees and their families, if the employee is killed or permanently and totally disabled in the line of duty. This grant requires a separate application through the Missouri Department of Higher Education. 

More Information & Grant Application 

The Wartime Veteran's Survivors Grant is 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. The veteran must have been a Missouri resident when first entering the military service or at the time of death or injury. The Missouri Veteran’s Commission determines whether the veteran meets the program’s requirements.

More Information & Grant Application 

Institutional Grants

The Bridge to Success Award is a need-based grant to help full-time students afford on-campus housing at Southeast. With limited funding, this grant is only awarded to incoming freshmen based on financial need, until funds are exhausted. To be eligible, students must meet the following criteria:

  • FAFSA processed by March 1
  • EFC of 12,000 or less (as determined by the FAFSA)
  • Living on-campus, and indicated as such on the FAFSA
  • 3.0 cumulative high school GPA
  • Complete FAFSA verification by the first week of classes (if selected)

$1,000.00 - Applies toward residence hall fees, split evenly between the fall and spring semesters. This award may only be combined with the Residence Leadership Award, Midwest Achievement Award, or Show Me Gold Room and Board Award.

Bridge to Success is renewable for one additional year if students meet the following criteria:

  • Continue to meets all eligibility criteria stated above
  • Completed 24 Southeast credit hours during first year (may include summer hours)
  • 2.0 Southeast cumulative GPA (excluding dual credit/early college credit), reviewed each semester

Note: The last year for a new student to be awarded this grant is the 2019-20 academic year.


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