UMKC offers several different scholarship opportunities to international students. Below is a list of the available scholarships and their requirements for eligibility, as well as a list of resources for scholarships from outside sources.

Doctoral Students

All UMKC doctoral students automatically receive non-resident fee waivers for up to 9 credit hours each fall and spring semester from the School of Graduate Studies.  This scholarship waives the non-resident portion of tuition.

Chancellor’s Non-Resident (CNR) Scholarship

Offered to first time undergraduate and graduate (excluding doctoral) students in College of Arts and Sciences, Henry W. Bloch School of Management and Conservatory of Music.

The CNR Scholarship is a renewable award that will cover the difference between Missouri resident and non-resident fees, without a limit on the number of credit hours taken.

All applicants meeting the following criteria are automatically considered for a CNR Scholarship:

  • First-time student in the schools listed above
  • Transcripts showing an outstanding academic record (minimum of 3.0 grade point average (GPA) on 4.0 scale; Henry W. Bloch School of Management requires 3.2 GPA for partial CNR and 3.4 GPA for full CNR).
  • Minimum TOEFL score of 550 (79 iBT) or IELTS score of 6.0, unless you are exempt from the English proficiency test
  •  F-1 or J-1 visa holder upon enrollment
  • Nomination from the corresponding UMKC academic unit
  • Additional academic unit criteria, if required

Dean’s International Scholar Award (DISA)

The School of Computing and Engineering offers the Dean’s International Scholar Award (DISA) to all new undergraduate and master’s international students to further assist with college expenses.  The DISA covers a large portion of the non-resident tuition rate, is awarded upon admission, and is renewable.

DISA AwardFully Admitted StudentsProvisionally Admitted Students
Undergraduate Students$4,250 per semester$2,125 per semester
Master's Students$4,000 per semester$2,000 per semester

Community College Leadership Award (CCLA)

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

The award is a renewable (up to three years with 3.0 GPA) award worth $1500 USD, plus the difference between Missouri resident and non-resident tuition.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be full-time, degree-seeking undergraduate student
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Proficiency in English (minimum 79 iBT TOEFL score or 6.0 IELTS score)
  • F-1 or J-1 visa holder
  • Must be nominated by community college official (international student advisor, faculty member or student affairs officer)

Nomination letters should be sent via email to Tamara Byland.  All materials need to be submitted by July 1 to be considered for the Fall award and by December 1 to be considered for the Spring award.

Graduate Teaching and Research Assistantships

Graduate students may apply for Graduate Teaching or Research Assistantships directly through the academic department in which enrollment is sought. Most assistantships are offered only to students who have completed prior coursework at UMKC. International Graduate Teaching Assistants (IGTAs) must be certified by the School of Graduate Studies prior to serving in any GTA positions. The English proficiency requirements for certification include attendance at a Cultural Orientation in August, at least a 24 on the speaking section of the TOEFL, and passing a Panel Presentation. Interested international students should contact the School of Graduate Studies for more information.

Private Scholarship Opportunities