Online students can get help paying for their education. The amount and type of aid you receive will depend on your situation. We encourage you to investigate all your options and for U.S. residents to fill out your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as early as possible.
If you have questions about your aid eligibility or the aid you are receiving, talk to a financial aid adviser at your university.
Find eligibility requirements for financial aid at:
Types of financial aid
Types of financial aid break down into aid that you need to pay back, like loans, or aid you do not have to pay back, like grants. Other types of aid may be related to military service and veterans.
Learn about types of financial aid at:
Starting the application process
Before you receive a federal loan or a grant, U.S. residents should fill out the FAFSA. This form will determine how much you can put toward your degree and how much assistance you will need.
It is also recommended that you apply for aid well before the FAFSA’s priority deadline, which you can confirm through the Student Financial Aid office. If you apply before the priority deadline, you may receive more financial aid.
If you miss the priority deadline, you should still apply, as you could be considered for awards such as the Federal Pell Grant and Federal Student Loans.
Once you are admitted and have your User ID and password, you can check on the status of your aid through your student information system. First time using your student information system? Find out how it works.
Throughout your time at the university, you should keep logging into your student information system and review your to-do list for any active items. Here, you will find out if there are any tasks you must perform to keep receiving financial aid.
Remember to apply for scholarships
Scholarship money is available to online students like you, either from the university or from an outside organization. We’ve gathered a list of resources: Scholarships & awards.
A change in financial circumstances
We realize that students may face a job loss or other hardship, which means your current condition may not reflect what was on your FAFSA. Please talk to your university’s financial aid office and learn more about what is classified as an economic hardship.
Self-paced courses and aid deadlines (Mizzou students only)
Your financial aid may require you to be enrolled for certain periods of time or to finish your course work by a deadline to receive your aid or avoid loans going into repayment.
In these cases, the Student Financial Aid office encourages you to reach out, and they provide detailed information about how taking self-paced courses or a mix of self-paced and semester-based courses can affect your aid.