Missouri's community college graduates who want to pursue a four-year degree while balancing work and family will now receive a tuition award toward University of Missouri online bachelor's degrees.

The Mizzou Online Community College Tuition Award provides a 10 percent tuition reduction for online undergraduate programs to Missouri residents who are graduates of Missouri's public community colleges. To be eligible, students must be accepted as degree seeking to one of MU's undergraduate distance programs. The award reduces the amount of base tuition and applies toward a maximum of 150 cumulative hours of undergraduate credit.

"Missouri community college graduates are among the best-prepared students enrolling in our four-year institutions for completion of the bachelor's degree and beyond," said Ron Chesbrough, chair of the Missouri Community College Association Presidents/Chancellors Council and president of St. Charles Community College. "We are pleased to count the University of Missouri among our four-year partners and we welcome this announcement of a tuition award for these highly sought after students."

Mizzou already has an Internet access agreement with member institutions of the Missouri Community College Association. The agreement gives students access to community college computer labs after their two-year program so they can work on their online degree from Mizzou.

"Providing Missourians with access to high-quality and well-respected degrees is at the core of our land-grant mission," said Jim Spain, vice provost for undergraduate studies and e-Learning. "This tuition award helps make our online bachelor's programs even more accessible to students across our state."

MU offers nine undergraduate degree options online including Early Childhood Education in a Mobile Society, Educational Studies, General Studies, Health Sciences, Hospitality Management, Interdisciplinary Studies, Nursing (RN-to-BSN), Radiography and Respiratory Therapy.

Several transfer and articulation agreements that facilitate the transfer of community college graduates to Mizzou's online programs are in place.

"Mizzou has a robust transfer student community on-campus and online," said Chuck May, University of Missouri admissions director. "We look forward to serving recent community college graduates as well as those nontraditional students seeking to pursue a bachelor's degree."

For more information about the new tuition award, see http://online.missouri.edu/transfer/.