Freshman Automatic Scholarships

No Separate Application

Truman offers a number of automatic scholarships to incoming domestic freshman students. By completing your free undergraduate application to Truman, you are automatically considered for a number of Automatic Scholarship awards. Information on this site is for students entering Truman as freshman in Spring 2020 through Fall 2020.

TruMerit Scholarship

Any student eligible for the University’s TruMerit scholarship is automatically admitted to Truman State University with only an application, transcript and verified test score required.

TruMerit Scholarship Chart for Missouri residentsTruMerit Scholarship Chart for out-of-state students

Other Automatic ScholarshipsQualificationsAward Amount(s)
Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP)Automatically awarded to admitted students from IL, IN, KS, MN, NE, ND, OH and WI who do not qualify for an Out-of-State TruMerit Scholarship.MSEP amount for 2019-2020 academic year is $3,296. MSEP award value, determined annually, reduces out-of state tuition to 150% of in-state tuition rate.
Non-Resident Tuition WaiverAutomatically awarded to admitted students whose non-custodial parent is a Missouri resident.Tuition waiver covering the out-of-state portion of tuition ($7,194 for 2019-2020 academic year).
Bulldog LegacyAdmitted students whose parent(s) and/or stepparent(s) graduated from Truman.Missouri residents - $1,000 per year
Out-of-State residents - $2,000 per year
A+ RecognitionTruman-funded and automatically awarded to admitted freshman in recognition of Missouri A+ program completion. Program completion must be verified on the final high school transcript.$500 per year

The The Non-Resident portion of tuition is $7,194. Award packages for Non-Missouri residents are adjusted appropriately if the student becomes a Missouri resident. Out-of-State TruMerit, Non-Resident Tuition Waiver, Non-Resident Tuition Grant and MSEP are designed to assist the out-of-state portion of tuition and cannot be combined. Students eligible for multiple awards designed to assist with the out-of-state portion of tuition will receive the award of the greatest value.

Test Scores & GPA

Automatic scholarships are awarded based upon your cumulative GPA and college entrance exam scores (ACT or SAT) at the time of application. There is no need to make any special requests — when your GPA and ACT or SAT scores meet the award threshold, the Admission Office will automatically award these scholarships upon acceptance.

More Automatic Awards & Info

The best parts about scholarships? Many automatic scholarships and most competitive scholarships can be stacked and renewed. As a Truman student, you will simply need to meet the Scholarship Renewal Guidelines. Candidates may receive multiple automatic and/or competitive awards. Some larger awards may replace, or supersede, other awards. Scholarships are primarily intended to assist with the direct cost of tuition. Truman-funded scholarships apply only to tuition and on-campus room and meal plans.

Keep Us Updated

Planning to take the ACT after you have applied? Maybe you finished your senior year with your best GPA yet? We will continue updating the TruMerit Scholarship and Non-Resident Tuition Scholarship awards throughout the year, reflecting your improvement in GPA and/or ACT/SAT scores. We will accept either the ACT or SAT through the April test date of your senior year and improvements to your final GPA can also increase your automatic scholarship awards.

But I’m A Transfer Student

Never fear! Transfer students are eligible for a number of automatic awards as well. Jump over to our transfer scholarships page to learn about requirements and when you should complete your transfer application.