Fast Track Workforce Incentive Grant

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Grant for adult students

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Qualifying adult students may receive free tuition with this grant to pursue a certificate, degree or industry-recognized credential in an area designated as high need.

How much does this grant provide?

  • The Fast Track grant is designed to ensure, when combined with other governmental financial aid, that tuition and fees are fully covered.
  • Awards will be for any remaining tuition and fees not covered by other state and federal student aid programs.
  • For individuals for which other aid covers the full tuition and fee costs, students are eligible for an award of up to $500 to cover other education-related expenses.

What are the grant requirements?

  • This grant may be renewed by meeting all of the initial requirements and by making satisfactory progress, which includes maintaining at least a 2.5 cumulative grade point average.

Am I eligible?

  • You must be at least 25 years old or have not been enrolled in an education program at any level within the past two years.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • Be a Missouri resident, an active duty member of the U.S. military transferred to Missouri, or the spouse of an activity duty military member.  If you are a student who is a Missouri resident, you must have been a Missouri resident for at least two years prior to receiving the grant.
  • Enroll at least half-time at Missouri State University in one of MSU's qualifying degrees and certificates.
  • Have not yet earned a bachelor's degree.
  • Earning no more than $40,000 per year as single tax filer, or no more than $80,000 per year as a joint tax filer.

A student’s eligibility expires when any of the following occur:

  • Receipt of the grant for four semesters or the equivalent.
  • Receipt of a bachelor’s degree.
  • Reaching 200 percent of the academic time typically required to complete the program of study.

The Fast Track Grant application is available as of November 9, 2022. 

Are you eligible? Ready to get started?

6 Steps to get on the Fast Track

If you need assistance, Missouri State's Adult Student Services office can help.



Select an approved program.
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Submit your college application.


File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
File Application



Create a state student financial aid portal login.
Set-up login


Use the state financial aid portal to complete the Fast Track application. 
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Read and finalize the self certification form.*
Review form

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Complete self-certification form(s) for each disbursement (Step 6).

Return the form(s) to:
Missouri Department of Higher Education
Attn: Fast Track
P.O Box 1469
Jefferson City, MO 65102

Complete the FAFSA each year you are enrolled (or are planning to enroll) in college. Individuals interested in receiving Fast Track for the 2019-2020 academic year will need to complete the 2019-2020 FAFSA, using tax information from 2017.

Visit Missouri Department of Higher Education for details


Please call 417-836-6929 or email if you have additional questions.