Financial Aid & Scholarships

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Getting Started

Students seeking scholarships, grants, loans, and federal work study, should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) after January 1 and before February 28 every year to meet UMB's award priority deadline of March 1 (school code 002104). 

The UMB Office of Student Financial Assistance & Education is available to guide prospective and current students through the FAFSA application process and the financial aid award package. Students must be enrolled at least half-time (6 credits) in a degree-seeking program to be eligible for financial aid. All students receiving funds through the University, including financial aid, merit awards, grants, and scholarships, must complete a FAFSA. For specific questions relating to your financial aid package, please email UMB financial aid counselor Richard Legendre at    

The UMSON Scholarship & Grants Office is available to assist prospective and current students through the application process for UMSON scholarship programs, select MHEC programs, graduate assistantships, and veterans assistance


There are a wide variety of scholarships to assist you in achieving your educational goals. Select one of the links below for a list of scholarships in that category.

There are more than 1.5 million private scholarships from thousands of different sponsors. FinAid provides helpful information on the different types of scholarships and how to search for them. 

Remember! Never pay for scholarship search services or applications. 

  • Legitimate scholarships never charge application fees.
  • All of the best scholarship search services are available for free online. 
  • For more information, see Scholarship Scams.


Student Employment

Federal Work Study (FWS) is available to undergraduate and graduate students. FWS provides students the opportunity to earn funds ($10-$17/hour) as an alternative to loan debt while working on or off campus. After submitting the FAFSA, eligible students are offered FWS in the UMB financial aid package. Students must accept the FWS offer prior to seeking employment. For more information on FWS and to view available positions within UMB, click here.

Graduate assistantships are available to graduate students of degree-seeking programs who are making satisfactory progress. Graduate assistants at UMB function both as students and as professionals, enhancing their education by playing this important dual role. While studying to meet academic requirements for advanced degrees, graduate assistants also complement their formal studies through research and/or teaching under the supervision or tutelage of UMB faculty and staff. An assistantship appointment may be either full time (20 hours per week) or half time (10 hours per week). Benefits include a stipend, tuition remission, in-state status, and paid student health insurance. For more information and to apply for an assistantship, click here.