Financial Aid

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There are many financial aid options available, from federal grants to privately funded scholarships. Follow the links provided or visit the office of financial aid in Cass Hall to learn more.

Financial aid application

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be received by the federal processor by March 31 in order to be considered for the Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant or Federal Work-Study Program. Application for Pell Grant, Stafford Loan, PLUS Loan and Unsubsidized Stafford Loan can be made after this date; however, late applicants should be prepared to pay fees with other resources. The Missouri Department of Higher Education administers a number of state grants and scholarships. To be eligible for most, but not all Missouri student financial aid, initial and renewal students should have a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file by February 1. For more information on state aid and deadlines access the Missouri Department of Higher Education website.

School code

Missouri State-West Plains school code: 031060

MSU-West Plains Scholarships

 If you haven't been admitted you should apply now!

Donor Funded Scholarships

Donor funded scholarships are privately donated funds that are given to Missouri State University-West Plains students each year. The funds come from private gifts to the University made by individuals, groups or companies. They are awarded to students based on a wide range of criteria: major, high school attended, outstanding academic achievement, leadership and/or financial need. 


If you are not admitted to the University but would like to view the donor funded scholarships and/or the Institutionally-funded scholarships, the Search Tool will allow you to search available scholarships.  You cannot apply for scholarships using the Search Tool. 

Applying for these scholarships

Complete the MSU-West Plains Scholarship Application no later than March 1 for the following academic year. You must be admitted to MSU-West Plains in order to access and complete this scholarship application. This one application will apply you toward many of our different scholarships. 

Application deadline 

The application is available each year around November 1 and the deadline is March 1 for the following academic year. 

Application instructions

The scholarship application requires that you be admitted to the university and create a My Grizzly Den account.    

Note: Be sure to print your confirmation page and keep it for your records.

  1. Enter My Grizzly Den portal
    (For help on how to enter My Grizzly Den, contact the Help Desk or call 417-255-7995.)
  2. Click on the three lines in the top right to access the menu then click "Student"
  3. Locate the “Financial Aid” card and click the “Scholarship Application” 
  4. Choose the aid year application for which you want to apply
  5. Complete the application and when finished click "Submit" or your application will not be submitted. NOTE: Once submitted it can not be opened again. 
  6. While not required for all scholarships, all students are highly encouraged to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) between October 1 and February 1 for the following academic year. 

For more information on Foundation Scholarships please contact our Advancement office at 

The information provided contains estimates of scholarship values, selection criteria, and the number available. Missouri State University-West Plains reserves the right to change any of these without notice.

Contact information

Office of Financial Aid
Missouri State University-West Plains
128 Garfield
West Plains, MO 65775
(417) 255-7243


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