Semo scholarship, all you need to know


Yes, there is a process. But, it doesn’t need to be overwhelming and it doesn’t need to intimidate you. Let’s do this.


The requirements for admission vary depending on how you plan to enter Southeast. We’ll need to take into consideration where you’re coming from, how much prior education you’ve completed, and what type of degree or program you may want to earn.


Both past academic performance and the demonstration of academic promise are taken into consideration for admission to Southeast. Decisions are made without regard to race, color, creed, gender, disability or national origin.


How will you apply for semo scholarship

Tell us a little bit about yourself. Each section below will help outline the specific admissions requirements you’ll need to meet to start your life as a Redhawk.


First-Time Freshman

You are a first-time freshman if you are attending college for the first time. Typically, you may be a high school junior or senior planning to attend Southeast in the summer or fall after graduation.



Transfer Student

You are a transfer student if you have completed coursework at a regionally accredited college or university after graduating from high school.


Online Student

If you plan to complete your Southeast degree completely online, be sure to select “Web Only” under the “Location of Interest” field on the application for admission.



Adult Learner

If you’re over 21 and looking to start or complete a college degree, you’ll fit in as an adult learner. Whether you want to come to class part-time, full-time, online, or on-campus, we’re ready to support you.



International Student

The diversity of our student body is a valued asset at Southeast. You are considered an international student if you need an F-1 student visa or have another type of temporary, non-immigrant visa.



Graduate Student

You are a graduate student if you’ve already earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and you’re seeking additional education in a specific field.



Early College Student

If you’re a high school junior or senior looking to earn both high school and college credit for a course you’ll be taking, you’ll be considered an early college student. Dual credit courses are taught by Southeast instructors.


The process of applying to college should be easy for students, families, and for high school guidance counselors. Here’s everything you need to know about applying to Southeast.


No application fee

No test score required for admission or scholarship eligibility

No essay required

Simply submit the online application for admission and self-report your academic record

Unleash Your Potential



At Southeast, we don’t just learn. We do. Come and see for yourself what your future could hold or take the first step in the process by completing an application today.


Once you have applied for admission, what’s next? Follow these easy steps to be on your way to becoming a Redhawk.


Apply for Aid in semi scholarships

When you complete the Southeast application, you are automatically applying for Southeast scholarships. However, to apply for financial aid, you’ll need to follow these steps. If you haven’t yet, you and a parent (if you are a dependent student) should create an FSA ID. The FSA ID identifies you as someone who has the right to access your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) information online and allows a parent of a dependent student to sign a child’s FAFSA electronically. Complete the FAFSA by January 15 to meet Southeast’s priority processing deadline of February 1. This will improve your chances of receiving federal grant funds, Federal Work Study, and financial aid from the state of Missouri. Financial aid award information will be emailed to your Southeast email account in mid-December.


Upperclassmen help freshman carry their things up to their rooms on move-in day.

Submit Housing Contract

All full-time Southeast students live on campus for the first two years unless exemption criteria are met. After you’re admitted to Southeast, you may complete the Contract for University Housing online via the My Southeast admitted student portal. A $150 housing deposit is required at the time of submission. Complete your housing contract as soon as possible. December 1 is the recommended housing contract completion date.



Students carrying orientation packets walk down the steps of Academic Hall during First STEP.

Register for First STEP Orientation

First STEP Orientation is a one-day program required for all beginning freshmen. During First STEP you will learn about class offerings, register for classes, and learn about financial aid, housing, and student life at Southeast. First STEP information will be included in your admission packet.



Processing Deadline


An academic advisor helps a new student register for classes during First STEP Orientation.

Have Questions or Need Assistance

Applying to college can be a big process. It’s completely understandable if you have questions or if you’d just like a little help. We love answering questions, so don’t hesitate to chat now or reach out to an admission counselor. We kind of live for this stuff, so you’re sure to make our day!


Leave college with a respected degree and without the mountains of debt to pay for it: you’ll do that here.

At Southeast Missouri State University, we believe everyone deserves the chance to further their education with the personal, academic, social, and financial support they need to be successful.


Combine low tuition with abundant real-world learning opportunities. We are living proof that high quality doesn’t have to mean high cost.


Return on Investment

Southeast offers tuition lower than the national average, free tuition for eligible students through the Will To Do Award, and makes more than 70% of students scholarship-eligible with the Copper Dome scholarship. Paired with our academic rigor and the return on your investment is pretty incredible.



Scholarships are “free money,” awards you earn that don’t need to be repaid. They’re awarded for academic achievement, select programs, or athletic or other ability. Apply for admission by December 1 of your senior year, and you’ll be automatically considered for scholarships.


Financial Aid

Cost should not be the factor that stands between you and success at Southeast. We know your education and your future are top priorities, and we’re committed to doing whatever it takes to make a quality education financially possible. Explore all the scholarship, grant and loan opportunities to help keep your costs down.


Crunch the Numbers

What you’ll pay as a Southeast student depends on a number of factors — such as whether you’re a Missouri resident, whether you’ll live on campus, or whether you’ll learn in the classroom or online. Use our cost calculators to enter your specific situation and estimate how affordable Southeast would be for you.


Student Employment

Working on campus will connect you with a large network of faculty, staff, and students interested in your academic success — and it pays to do so. Student employment allows you to work up to 20 hours per week to ensure your studies still come first.