Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the last ACT date accepted to qualify for MAA?
A: The February ACT or SAT test dates can be used to qualify for MAA. December 1st is the guarantee deadline for the Governor's, Regents', and President's Scholarships. March 1st is the deadline for all other academic scholarships.

Q: What is the last semester I can get my cumulative GPA to a 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) to be eligible for the MAA?
A: The 6th or 7th semester (first semester your senior year) cumulative GPA may be used for scholarship eligibility. The GPA will not be rounded up (a 2.99 does not qualify).

Q: What if I am not able to get my cumulative GPA to a 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or receive a 21 ACT?
A: You would be ineligible for the MAA scholarship. However, you can attend a community college and transfer to Southeast and possibly qualify for the MAA.

Q: I am a transfer student. Do I qualify for MAA?
A: Yes, complete 24 transferable credit hours from a regionally accredited college or university (two-year or four-year) with a 3.0 cumulative GPA, and live in one of the designated states.

Q: I attend a high school in an MAA state, but I live in a non-MAA state, can I still get the scholarship?
A: MAA is based on your permanent residency (home address), not on the location of your High School.

Q: If I can’t get MAA, can I establish residency once I am at Southeast after a year and then pay the resident fee?
A: You fall under your parent’s residency until the age of 21. You may apply for Missouri residency after age 21 and if you have lived in Missouri for at least a year. Many other documents are required to prove residency (mortgage or lease payments for the prior year, MO driver’s license, voter registration, etc.) to verify intent to make Missouri your permanent home. To view the residency guidelines determined by the Missouri Department of Higher Education please visit

Q: I qualify for the Residence Life Leadership, MAA and the University Scholarship, can I receive all three?
A: No, MAA may be combined with ONE of the following scholarships: a $4,000.00 President's Scholarship, a $2,000.00 University Scholarship, or a $1,000.00 Residence Life Leadership Scholarship.

Q: If I lose my Regents' or Governor’s Scholarship can I go back and accept the MAA?
A: You are awarded the highest value scholarship through the published deadlines. As a continuing student, you will not receive a scholarship of lesser value because you became ineligible for your current scholarship. However, if you meet the renewal requirements the following year, you may appeal to have your scholarship reinstated (scholarship reinstatement is not available for transfer students who do not meet renewal criteria).

Q: My parents work in Missouri, but I live in Illinois. How will I be viewed for scholarships?
A: Your scholarships are based on your permanent residency. So you would be eligible for nonresident scholarships. Also, you may qualify for the Missouri Income Tax Credit where you can receive up to the difference of nonresident and resident depending on the amount of taxes your parents paid.

Q: Can I combine MAA with a Missouri Income Tax Credit?
A: Yes, you can combine MAA with the Missouri Income Tax Credit

Q: Can I live at home and, receive the MAA if I live within a 50 mile radius from campus?
A: Yes, you can live at home and still receive the MAA Scholarship.

Additional Questions?
Erica Ury
Springfield and Northern Illinois
Phone: (573) 275-4414


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