International Students

Our scholarship programs for international students are some of the most competitive in the country. As you progress through your program, several more scholarships may become available


Apply for Scholarships

Apply for competitive scholarships through UMKC’s online application, open from October 1 to March 1. You must be admitted to UMKC in order to apply, and some competitive scholarships may have a different deadline or require an interview.

  • Scholarships are awarded annually
  • Half of the award is applied in the Fall, and the remainder is applied in Spring
  • Most scholarships do not apply to Summer enrollment

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SSE Scholarships for International Students

All information is subject to change as scholarship funds become available.

Dean’s International Scholar Award

International students who are not externally sponsored may be awarded the Dean’s International Scholar Award. This scholarship covers a large portion of the nonresident tuition rate and is awarded upon admission. No application is required and the scholarship is renewable.

Full-time enrollment

  • Undergraduate students - $4,250 per semester
  • Master’s degree students - $4,000 per semester

Students enrolled in less than full-time credits will receive a prorated award.

Community College Leadership Award

The Community College Leadership Award is a renewable scholarship recognizing international students who have completed at least one semester of coursework and taken on leadership roles at their community college.

The award covers the difference between Missouri resident and nonresident tuition plus $1500/year.


• Full-time, SSE degree-seeking student
• Minimum 3.0 GPA from a U.S. community college
• Proficiency in English (minimum 79 iBT TOEFL or 6.0 IELTS score)
• F-1 or J-1 visa
• Nominated by a community college official such as international student advisor, faculty member or student affairs officer

Send nomination letters to the International Student Affairs Office (ISAO). All materials must be submitted by July 1 to be considered for the Fall award and by December 1 to be considered for the Spring award.

Questions about SSE scholarships?

Email the SSE Student Services Center or call 816-235-2399.

More Scholarships

ISAO provides more information about scholarships and support.

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