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MSU scholarship to pay tuition, fees for Pell-eligible students

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Missouri State University announced a new scholarship that will pay tuition and fees for students eligible for the federal Pell Grant program.

The initiative, called the MoState Access Award, is scheduled to start in the fall 2023 semester, according to a news release.

“This scholarship will have a monumental positive effect on many students who are making the decision about whether they can afford to attend college or not,” said Zora Mulligan, MSU's executive vice president, in the release.

The decision comes after an enrollment steering team at MSU analyzed data showing a decline in Pell-eligible student enrollment. For the 2021-22 academic year, Pell-eligible enrollment was 4,697, down from 4,956 in 2020-21 and the most recent high of 6,701 in the 2014-15 academic year, according to a blog post from MSU President Clif Smart.

"The enrollment management team recommended the MoState Access Award as a current best practice designed to address this decline," Smart wrote in the blog post. "The MoState Access Award will make an education at Missouri State University accessible for all students regardless of their financial need."

Students must remain Pell-eligible and meet academic requirements, among other measures, to keep the MoState Access Award, according to the release.

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