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Applying for Aid

Applying for aid might seem overwhelming at first, but we are here to help!

The Southeast application for admission is used to determine eligibility for Academic Scholarships. These are awarded during your admission process, prior to beginning your first semester with Southeast. Eligibility is dependent on your submission date of the application for admission and either:

  • Incoming Freshmen - ACT/SAT score and high school GPA (6th or 7th semester only)
  • Transfer Students - previous college performance

DEADLINES: Varies, Depending Upon Scholarship

Eligibility for academic scholarships does not require submission of the FAFSA (see step 2 below). For additional scholarships, deadlines, and eligibility requirements visit our Institutional Scholarship page.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) should be completed each year at This application is used to consider your eligibility for Federal GrantsFederal Loans, & State Grants.

Semester Student Will Attend FAFSA to Complete Available Tax Year Used
Fall 2019/Spring 2020/Summer 2020 2019-2020 October 1, 2018 2017
Fall 2020/Spring 2021/Summer 2021 2020-2021 October 1, 2019 2018


  • Use the Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) to link tax information from the IRS! It will save time and reduce probability of being selected for Verification!
  • When you receive your Student Aid Report (SAR) by email, verify all information is correct and your FAFSA was not rejected.

AVAILABLE: October 1st
PRIORITY DEADLINE: February 1st* (Submit by mid-January to allow Dept. of Ed. processing time.)

*Missed the priority deadline? The FAFSA can still be submitted, however some aid may not be available due to limited funding. Complete the FAFSA as soon as possible to maximize eligibility. 

Southeast has simplified the Endowed Scholarship process by removing the general application and automatically considering all admitted students for scholarships. In some instances, a student may meet the basic criteria for a scholarship but additional information may be needed to verify full eligibility. If that occurs, the student will receive an email to the Southeast email address asking them to complete an additional application for that specific scholarship.

While not required, completion of the FAFSA (see step 2 above) is recommended as some endowed scholarships require demonstrated financial need, as indicated by the FAFSA. 

Special Circumstances  Summer Financial Aid

What's Next?

To see what's next in the process, how/when aid is awarded, and how billing works, make sure to review the information for your particular Student Type(s).

Additionally, check out the video below for general information what happens after you submit your FAFSA!


Phone: 573.651.2253
Fax: 573.651.5006

Summer Hours: 8am-4pm M-F,
(9am-4pm Wed)

Student Financial Services
Academic Hall Room 019
One University Plaza, MS 3740
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701
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