State Tech participates in the following programs:

Grants

    • Federal Pell Grant

The Pell Grant is a federal financial assistance program for students who have a financial need according to the Pell Grant criteria.  Students must be degree seeking to receive the Federal Pell Grant.  To apply, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Form must be filled out, showing the State Tech code (004711).  Within two weeks students will receive from the Department of Education a Student Aid Report (SAR).  State Tech will receive the same information electronically.

    • Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

This program is available to students with exceptional financial need.  Once the Pell Grant has been processed, SEOG awards are provided to those students with the lowest expected family contribution based upon the availability of funds.  Awards are issued at the discretion of the Office of Financial Aid.

    • Displaced Homemakers and Single Parents

Displaced homemakers and single parents may be able to apply for small grants.  These grants are based on the availability of funding.  See Director of Financial Aid for criteria.

    • Access Missouri Grant Program

Missouri residents apply for this grant by completing the Free Application for Federal Aid (FAFSA).  The FAFSA must be received by April 1 to be considered for this grant.  Students must also be enrolled full-time, maintain a 2.500 cumulative grade point average, and have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) figure below $12,000.  (Based upon availability of state funding and subject to change by action of the Missouri General Assembly).

 

Student Employment

  • Federal College Work Study

Jobs at the college are available to students who have financial need and who wish to earn a monthly paycheck by working a part-time job on campus.  Students apply for work study by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.  If determined eligible, the college will notify the student to visit the Office of Financial Aid at the beginning of the semester for a job assignment.  Jobs include food service, clerical work and maintenance, and are based on availability of funds.

College Work-Study Program Guide

Loans

  • Federal Direct Stafford Student Loan

This loan program allows students to borrow loans in their name at low interest rates.  Students apply by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.  Through this program there is both a “subsidized” interest loan and an “unsubsidized” interest loan.  The federal maximum for a first-year degree-seeking dependent student is $5,500, of which no more than $3,500 can be subsidized.  Second-year degree-seeking dependent students may borrow a maximum of $6,500, of which no more than $4,500 can be subsidized.  Independent students and dependent students whose parent is denied a PLUS loan due to credit, can receive up to an additional $4,000 unsubsidized loan funds.  Students that are doing pre-requisite course work are eligible for $2,625.  Repayment begins six months after leaving school with a fixed interest rate not to exceed 8.25 percent.

  • Federal Direct Parent (PLUS)

Parents of dependent students may borrow an amount not greater than the cost of education minus any student financial aid.  Repayment starts 60 days after the loan has been fully disbursed.  Parents may discuss deferment options with their lender.  Parents must pass a credit check to be accepted for a PLUS loan.  The interest rate is a fixed rate that will not exceed nine (9) percent.

  • Private/Alternative Loan

This option will only be available if lenders continue to offer private loans.  Students must apply for all federal financial aid prior to applying for a private loan. Students must apply with a lender to have a credit check run. Students who have little or no credit may need a credit-worthy co-signer. Students must be enrolled full-time and must be a student in good standing. Interest rates are variable and determined by the lender based on the borrower’s credit score. Most private loans start repayment six months after leaving college. Check with the lender regarding fees associated with the private loan.

A+ Program

  • Missouri A+ Schools Program

State Tech participates in the A+ Program, created by the Outstanding Schools Act of 1993.  Eligible students who have graduated from an A+ high school have incentive funds available that cover the standard tuition and fees that are assessed to every full-time student.  Housing, books, course and program specific fees, such as professional licensing, tools, supply items, etc., are not reimbursed through the A+ Schools Program.  A+ students are required to apply for Federal Financial Aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year.  Students must complete the financial aid process within the first 30 days each semester to ensure funding.  (Based upon availability of state funding and subject to change by action of the Missouri General Assembly and guidelines received from the Missouri Department of Higher Education).

Scholarships

  • Missouri Higher Education Academic Scholarship Program (Bright Flight, Maximum $3,000 Award)

To be eligible for a Bright Flight award, a high school senior must have a composite score on the American College Testing Program (ACT) or the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) in the top three (3) percent of all Missouri students taking those tests.  Students who score in the top five (5) percent may also qualify, contingent upon sufficient funding.  Actual award amounts will be determined based upon students’ test scores and the amount of funds allocated.

  • Missouri Returning HEROES’ Education Act

Students who served in armed combat after September 11, 2001 and were a Missouri resident at the time of entry into the military may qualify for reduced tuition of $50 per credit hour.  The student must have served in a combat zone designated by the U.S. Department of Defense and have been honorably discharged from active duty to receive the reduced tuition rate.  The student must maintain a 2.500 cumulative GPA and be enrolled in classes required for their degree or certificate to remain eligible for this waiver.  Other financial aid will be considered to determine student’s eligibility.  Students who believe they are eligible for this waiver must submit Member Copy 4 of their DD 214 to the Office of Financial Aid.

State Technical College of Missouri Scholarships

  • Student Government Association (SGA) Scholarship ($200 – $500 Award)

Scholarships of $200 or more are given for leadership roles in organizations such as student government, yearbook, or newspaper.  Students are nominated by a Student Government Association (SGA) sponsor.

  • Resident Assistants

Resident Assistants in Housing are able to get a fee reduction equal to the cost of double room rent.  See the Resident Manager for a job description and application.

  • Girls State Scholarship ($1,200 Award)

The applicant must be a Missouri Girls State Citizen and rank in the top 30% of her high school class.  The recipient will receive a work grant valued at $1,200 per year, renewable if a 3.000 GPA is maintained and a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester is completed at State Tech.  A certificate must be presented to the Office of Financial Aid.

  • BoysState Scholarship ($1,200 Award)

The applicant must be a Missouri Boys State Citizen and rank in the top 30% of his high school class.  The recipient will receive a work grant valued at $1,200 per year, renewable if a 3.000 GPA is maintained and a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester is completed at State Tech. A certificate must be presented to the Office of Financial Aid.

Corporate, Endowed and Private Scholarships

The summary list scholarships, listed by academic program, are managed by the Foundation for State Technical College of Missouri and the Office of Financial Aid.  These scholarships are available to full-time students enrolling at State Tech.  For more information call (573) 897-5135.

Review complete scholarship guidelines

The scholarship deadline is March 15 unless otherwise noted.  Applications may be submitted online.

SCHOLARSHIP SUMMARY

Tuition Waivers

All grade point averages must be calculated on, or converted to, a 4.000 scale.  Students will be given the highest single tuition waiver for which they qualify.  All tuition waivers will be divided equally over the fall and spring semesters of eligibility unless otherwise noted.  Additional awards may be given on an individual basis at the discretion of the State Tech Scholarship Committee.  All waivers are non-transferrable. It should also be noted that all internal awards are waivers of tuition.  Waivers may not exceed tuition in any semester and may be reduced at the discretion of State Tech.  Awards are given to State Tech full-time, degree seeking students only.  Unless otherwise noted, priority deadline for tuition waivers is May 1 for fall enrollment and December 1 for spring enrollment.  However, applications will be accepted until 30 days prior to the start of the semester and will be based on the availability of funds.  The tuition waiver application is available  online or in the Office of Financial Aid and Office of Admissions.

  • President’s Waiver ($2,000 Award)

This waiver is awarded to first time entering college freshmen.  The student must rank in the top 15 percent of his/her high school class and have a composite score of 28 or higher on the enhanced ACT or have a COMPASS test basic skills average score in the 97th percentile.  This tuition waiver is applied at the rate of $1,000 per year for those students who achieve and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.800.

  • SkillsUSA Waiver ($2,000 (1st place), $1,500 (2nd place), $1,000 (3rd place) )

This waiver is designed to reward students with strong technical skills.  The student must place first, second or third in a Missouri State SkillsUSA contest.  Students placing in multiple contests will receive the single highest award earned.  The tuition waiver is available to:  1) first-time entering freshmen and must be used the first year that the student is eligible and enrolled; and 2) State Tech students meeting the same contest criteria at the postsecondary SkillsUSA level.  These students must return to State Tech for the next academic year in order to receive the waiver.  A certificate must be presented to the Office of Financial Aid.

  • FFA Waiver ($2,000, $1,500, $1,000 Award)

This waiver is awarded to first time entering college freshmen.  The student must place first, second, or third at the state FFA contest.  This waiver is designed to reward students with strong technical skills.  It may be applied toward any subject area at State Tech.  This tuition waiver is also available to State Tech students meeting the same contest criteria at the postsecondary FFA level.  A certificate must be presented to the Office of Financial Aid.

  • Breaking Traditions Tuition Waiver  (State Winner Full Tuition, Regional Winner $1,000 Award)

This tuition waiver is designed to reward students who receive a State or Regional Breaking Traditions award.  State winners will receive a full tuition waiver and Regional winners will receive a $1,000 tuition waiver.  The tuition waiver is available to 1) first-time entering students and 2) State Tech students who receive the award at the post-secondary level.  To renew, students must return to State Tech for the next academic year and have maintained a cumulative 3.000 GPA.

  • Academic Achievement Award  ($1,000 Award)

This tuition waiver is awarded to first time entering college freshmen.  The student must have a composite score of 26 or higher on the enhanced ACT or have a COMPASS test basic skills average score in the 94th percentile or higher.  This tuition waiver is applied at the rate of $500 per year provided a 3.000 grade point average is maintained.

  • AVTS Continuing Education Award  ($1,000 Award)

This tuition waiver is awarded to first time entering college freshmen.  The student must be an area vocational technical school graduate who maintained at least a “B” average for two years.  This tuition waiver will be applied at the rate of $500 per year provided a “B” average is maintained.

  • MITEA (Missouri Industrial Technology Education Association) Waiver  ($2,000, $1,500, $1,000 Award)

This tuition waiver is awarded to first time entering college freshmen.  The student must place first, second or third at the state MITEA contest.  This waiver is designed to reward students who have demonstrated exceptional technical ability.  It may be applied toward any subject area at State Tech.  A certificate must be presented to the Office of Financial Aid.

  • Armed Service Award   ($500 Award)

This tuition waiver is awarded to first time entering college freshmen.  The student must be a member of good standing in the National Guard Reserves, or person who has separated from active duty within 6 months prior to admission to the college.  The student must submit a waiver application and a letter of endorsement from the appropriate commanding officer.  This tuition waiver is nonrenewable.

  • Phi-Beta Lambda (PBL) Waiver   ($2,000, $1,000 Award)

This tuition waiver is awarded to a high school graduate who placed first or second at the state Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) contest or awarded to a first time entering college freshman who places first or second at the state PBL contest.  A certificate must be presented to the Office of Financial Aid.

  • Ford AAA Waiver   ($2,000, 1,500, $1,000 Award)

State Tech is proud to recognize and reward the winners of the Ford AAA National Quality Care Challenge.  Individuals who have placed first, second or third at the State Competition and are enrolling in State Tech’s Automotive Technology program will receive a tuition waiver for the amount of $1,000 (3rd place), $1,500 (2nd place) or $2,000 (1st place).  A certificate must be presented to the Office of Financial Aid.

  • PAS (Postsecondary Agriculture Student) Waiver   ($2,000, $1,500 or $1,000 Award)

This tuition waiver is awarded to Commercial Turf & Grounds Management students.  This tuition waiver is awarded to first and second-year students who place first, second, or third at the state PAS contest. Applications must be turned in within two weeks of competition.  The award will apply to the current regular academic year.  A certificate must be presented to the Office of Financial Aid.

  • National Hot Rod/State Technical College of Missouri Waiver   ($1,000)

This tuition waiver is awarded to first time entering college freshmen.  The student must place first in the National Hot Rod Association spec class (designed for high school students).  Waivers will be awarded to each of the winners from the three NHRA sanctioned tracks in Missouri.  The waiver will be prorated by the number of semesters with the full-time degree program in which the student is enrolled at State Tech and will be provided in the form of a tuition waiver.  A certificate must be presented to the Office of Financial Aid.

  • Legacy Tuition Waiver

Students who are not Missouri residents may be eligible for the Legacy Tuition Waiver if their parent is a State Tech graduate.  This waiver is designed to waive the out-of-state tuition, so the student pays the current in-state tuition rate.  To remain eligible for this waiver, students must maintain a cumulative 2.500 GPA.  To be considered, students must apply at the Office of Financial Aid.

  • Non-Resident Tuition Waiver   (Maximum $650 per Semester)

Students who are not Missouri residents may be eligible to receive a non-resident tuition waiver provided they meet the following requirements:  1) Enroll in a program whose industry sponsors have service centers in the applicant’s state of residence; and 2) Submit a written request for non-resident tuition waiver to the Office of Financial Aid no later than 30 days prior to start of student’s first semester.

  • International Student Tuition Waiver (Maximum is $650 per Semester)

International students may apply for an international student tuition waiver, provided:  1) all procedures for International Student Admission have been completed, 2) a written request for international tuition waiver has been submitted to the Office of Financial Aid no later than 30 days prior to start of student’s first semester, and 3) a letter of recommendation has been submitted to the Office of Financial Aid no later than 30 days prior to semester start.

  • Senior Citizens’ Tuition Waiver

Awarded to any Missouri resident who is at least sixty-five years of age on or before August 1 of the school year.  The student must satisfy all entrance requirements of the college and provide documentation of age to the Office of Financial Aid.  The college will determine eligibility based on available class space after tuition-paying students have enrolled.  A person receiving this waiver shall take all tuition-free courses on a noncredit basis and shall satisfy all course prerequisites of the institution per RSMo 173.091.

  • Missouri Association for Career and Technical Education (Missouri ACTE) Conference   (one-$1,000 and two – $250 Awards)

This waiver is awarded to first time entering college freshmen.  See the High School Counselor for availability.

  • Helping Hand Award (Alumni)  ($300 Award)

This award provides an opportunity for a State Tech alumnus to extend a “helping hand” to another deserving person whom they encourage to attend State Tech.  Assistance in the form of a $300 tuition waiver is awarded in the name of the nominating alumnus.  This waiver is available only to first time entering freshmen.  Award is limited to one per student.  This tuition waiver will be applied at the rate of $300 for the fall semester only.  Applications should be submitted early as awards will be made on a first received basis.  Application is available here.

Externally Managed Scholarships

The following externally managed scholarships are specific to State Tech students. For a list of scholarships, click here. For more information about these scholarships contact the sponsor or visit their website.

Government Financial Aid Programs

  • Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

This program provides funding to meet college expenses.  Eligibility is determined on an individual basis and reflects current economic circumstances of the applicant.  Persons who have been terminated or laid-off should contact the nearest Missouri Career Center to apply.

  • Trade Adjustment Act (TAA) – Training Rehabilitation Act (TRA)

Assistance is available for unemployed adults who have been laid-off due to factory closings.  Full or partial college expenses may be funded if eligibility is determined.  Information is available through the nearest Missouri Career Center.

  • Vocational Rehabilitation Services

The Vocational Resource Educator at State Tech administers vocational rehabilitation (VR) services designed to help citizens with physical or mental disabilities.  Vocational rehabilitation services are provided through the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, part of the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.  The program is supported by federal and state funds.  Call (866) 661-9106 for more information.  VR offices are located throughout the state in order to provide convenient service to clients.

NOTE: State and/or Federal funded programs may be subject to change without prior notice.

State Technical College of Missouri
Financial Aid Office
One Technology Drive
Linn, MO  65051
Phone (573) 897-5000
Fax (573) 897-4656