Priority Deadline for Missouri Student Aid Program Feb. 1

January 25, 2017 | Campus News

The new priority deadline for the Access Missouri Grant Program – the state’s largest student financial aid program – is quickly approaching. Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, commonly known as the FAFSA, by Feb. 1 to be guaranteed a grant award if they meet all eligibility requirements.

This is the first year Missouri has set a priority deadline for the grant program. Students completing the FAFSA after Feb. 1 but before the April 3 final deadline could still receive a grant if funding is available. The grant is the state’s only student aid program based on financial need.

Maximum grant amounts are determined primarily by available state funding and the number of students eligible to receive the grant each year. Specific award amounts are based on students’ financial need, the type of college they attend and other financial aid they receive.

Students must file a FAFSA every year they are in school to be eligible for most federal and state financial aid programs, including the Access Missouri Grant Program.

Need help? The East Central College Financial Aid Department is here to help!


According to the National Association of Student Financial Administrators, there will be a system outage on January 28-29 to perform maintenance. It begins at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 28 and lasts into the early morning hours of Sunday, January 29.

During this time, a number of websites and systems will be unavailable. Find out what will affected during the outage.