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There are currently 16 names in this directory beginning with the letter F.
A type of student visa issued to international students who are attending an academic or English language program in the United States. Students must maintain student status while studying with this visa, which usually means maintaining a full-time course load of a minimum number of credit hours.
An annual event held throughout Missouri where financial aid professionals and school counselors help students and parents fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Events are held October through January of each year.
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
The Act that sets limits on the disclosure of personally identifiable information from school records and defines the rights of the student to review the records and request a change to the records. FERPA generally gives postsecondary students the right to review their education records, seek to amend inaccurate information in their records, and provide consent for the disclosure of their records to others.
Fast Track Workforce Incentive Grant Program
The Fast Track Workforce Incentive Grant addresses workforce needs by helping adults pursue a certificate, degree, or industry-recognized credential in an area designated as high need. Grant recipients must maintain Missouri residency and work in Missouri for three years after graduation to prevent the grant from becoming a loan that must be repaid with interest.
Federal Pell Grant Program
The Pell Grant is the largest federal grant program offered to undergraduates. It is designed to assist students from low-income households. To qualify for a Pell Grant, a student must demonstrate financial need by completed and submitting the FAFSA.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant Program
The Campus-Based Program that provides grants to eligible undergraduate students who demonstrate exceptional financial need.
Federal Work Study Program
A Campus-Based Program that provides part-time employment to students attending institutions of higher education who need the earnings to help meet their costs of postsecondary education and encourages students receiving FWS assistance to participate in community service activities.
An eligible student’s cost of attendance (COA) minus expected family contribution (EFC) minus estimated financial assistance (EFA) not received under Title IV.
Free Application for Federal Student Aid
Form produced by the U.S. Department of Education that is required for students seeking aid by nearly all colleges and universities. This form is used to apply for all forms of federal aid and some forms of state and institutional financial aid. Can be completed at fafsa.ed.gov.
A username and password combination that serves as a student’s or parent’s identifier, allows access to personal information in various U.S. Department of Education systems, and acts as a digital signature when completing electronic documents. You will need an FSA ID to complete the FAFSA, Entrance Counseling, MPN, and to access NSLDS.