Paying for college

Murray State University has been ranked by Forbes Top College for five consecutive years. In addition to being named to the 2013 America's Top Colleges List, Forbes also designated Murray State as one of "America's Top 100 Best Buy" colleges for the fourth year in a row. However, we understand that paying for college is an important factor in selecting a college and obtaining your degree. As you are considering sources of financial assistance, you may want to visit the Bursar's Office web site for up-to-date cost information.

After estimating your cost of attendance, you may be considering one of many financial aid resources including but not limited to grants, work-study, student loans, scholarships, military benefits, and employer tuition assistance/reimbursement programs.

Grants, work-study, and loans

Financial assistance may be available to you in terms of state/federal grants, work-study, or student loans (Perkins or Stafford). These require you to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) along with a university financial aid application.


Transfer Scholarship

If you're a first-time transfer, you may be eligible for our new transfer scholarship.  Beginning with the fall 2018 awards, the Transfer Scholarship will be awarded as funds are available to first-time transfer students from Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, and Tennessee who have a 3.25 transferable GPA and 45 or more transferable credit hours. The Transfer Scholarship is a non-refundable scholarship that can be applied to direct costs (tuition, campus housing, campus meal plan, or University Bookstore textbook charges) at Murray State.  Students must be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours at Murray State to receive this award.  

Murray State University offers a variety of other competitive scholarships to all students. In order to be considered for these academic scholarships, you must have applied for admission to the University prior to the scholarship deadline of January 15. There are also adult/non-traditional scholarships that have a deadline of June 1.

Military and veteran benefits

The Office of Veterans Affairs, located on the first floor of Sparks Hall, is responsible for the administration of VA educational benefits programs. The office serves as a liaison between Murray State student veterans and dependents and the Department of Veterans Affairs. We also provide both on and off campus resource information to students. We encourage veterans and dependents attending Murray State to contact our office in person or by phone with any questions they may have pertaining to their education or any of their VA Educational Benefits. A tuition waiver may also be available for dependents or spouses of deceased and/or 100-percent disabled Kentucky veterans through the Kentucky Veterans Affairs Center.

Eligibility is determined by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has launched an online feedback tool to provide a centralized system for veterans, service members and eligible family members to file student complaints.

Please contact Murray State's Office of Veterans Affairs at 270.809.3754 or at for more information.

Tuition Assistance/Reimbursement Programs

Some employers may offer tuition assistance or reimbursement programs as a part of your employee benefits. If you are not sure if your employer offers such benefits, contact your Human Resources office or benefits personnel.