Financial Aid


The good news is that Cottey has been able to remain affordable due to our strong financial foundation, endowment, and the continued financial support of the P.E.O. Sisterhood, a philanthropic educational organization dedicated solely to furthering education for women. As a matter of fact, tuition and fees did not increase over last year! Much of the financial aid process and awarding of financial aid is regulated by federal law which first supposes that the financial responsibility for post-secondary education lies with the student and family.

Additionally, there are institutional aid policies that govern the equitable distribution of limited financial aid funds to eligible students.

Further, the financial aid office provides assistance in finding ways to make college affordable for students and families.

After admission, the results of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) are reviewed and the best financial aid package is offered. Your award letter outlines the types and amounts of financial aid for which you qualify.

Did you know?

  • Cottey College is debt-free!
  • Cottey was recently ranked one of the 10 most affordable colleges in Missouri by the CollegeAffordabilityGuide.Org and a best value in Missouri by a “ranking created using National Center for Education Statistics’ College Navigator and PayScale data to identify the schools based on graduation rate, net price, acceptance rate and a 20-year net return on investment…Best Value Schools helps students find schools and degree programs that can provide the most available financial aid and assistance, the greatest support and service, the highest return on investment, and the best overall value.”
  • Cottey offers a set tuition cost for all students, regardless of her home state or country.

Net Price Calculator

Cottey offers a comprehensive program of merit and need-based financial assistance options, including gift and self-help options, as well as payment plans. How much your education will cost depends on your family’s financial circumstances and your academic background. To get an idea of cost at an individual level, a net price calculator may be a good start.


The first step in securing a financial aid package is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), for which Cottey’s school code is 002458. FAFSA offers excellent tools for one-on-one assistance including email, live chat and phone options. Additionally, the FAQ tell you what to expect “Before You Begin” and what the “Next Steps” are after you apply.

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Contact Us

You may call the financial aid office Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Central time at 417-667-8181, ext. 2190. You can also contact the office by e-mail at