The University of Missouri recently announced that for the 2018 to 2019 academic year, the university will offer a one-time, $3,000 Residential Experience Award to any Moberly Area Community College (MACC) transfer or dual-enrolled student who chooses to live in an MU residence hall.

The University of Missouri recently announced that for the 2018 to 2019 academic year, the university will offer a one-time, $3,000 Residential Experience Award to any Moberly Area Community College (MACC) transfer or dual-enrolled student who chooses to live in an MU residence hall.

“This award is another example of Mizzou’s commitment to the state of Missouri,” said Jeffery C. Lashley, president of MACC. “Through awards like this, MACC students can access Mizzou in an affordable way. It serves as an excellent example of two institutions working together and keeping students as the top priority.”

In May 2017, officials from Mizzou and Moberly Area Community College signed a memorandum of understanding to ensure students can transition between the two schools seamlessly. Called MizzouMACC, the initiative includes academic advisers, faculty and staff at MACC and Mizzou who work together to help students succeed. The program provides enhanced academic advising to ease the transfer of credits and increases campus involvement to foster student success.

Residential Experience Awards are part of Mizzou’s effort to reduce living and dining expenses for students. Other initiatives include:

A new ROTC scholarship that will cover room and board costs for the freshman year for incoming ROTC students who are national scholarship winners from the Army, Air Force, Navy or Marines.

A reduction in the cost of Mizzou’s most common housing and dining plans.

The Missouri Land Grant Compact, which covers the tuition gap for any Pell-eligible Missouri resident.

A textbook initiative encouraging Open Educational Resources (OER) in classes, as well as the AutoAccess option for textbooks at all four campuses. As a result, textbooks at the Mizzou Store this fall are, on average, 18 percent cheaper than they were in fall 2016.

“Living on campus helps students integrate into the Mizzou community and provides easy access to involvement opportunities and academic support programs,” said Gary Ward, interim vice chancellor of Student Affairs and vice chancellor of Operations. “The Residential Experience Awards will help to reduce the cost of a Mizzou degree and give students and their families even more confidence in choosing Mizzou.”

Moberly Area Community College students do not need to apply for this award — it will be awarded automatically upon admission to Mizzou and completion of a housing contract. Eligible students are encouraged to reach out to the Mizzou Admissions office for more information about this award and other opportunities for transfer students.