Missouri bulks up money available in college scholarship

Written by Muleskinner Staff

(JOPLIN, Mo., AP) — Missouri college students this year could get more money from a need-based scholarship from the state.
Gov. Jay Nixon during a visit to Missouri Southern State University in Joplin on Friday announced the state is upping the maximum amount available through the Access Missouri scholarship.
Students from low-income families who met eligibility requirements previously could get as much as $1,850 a year at four-year colleges and universities. They now can get as much as $2,250.
Students at public two-year schools also could see an increase from the former $850-a-year max to $1,030.
That’s still less than the maximum amount allowed by law, which a higher education department spokeswoman said is $2,850 for four-year schools and $1,300 for two-year colleges.
About 50,000 students receive the scholarship annually.