Verifying Citizenship Status

During the 2009 legislative session, legislators passed HB 390, which was supported by the MDHE and higher education institutions and which significantly revised the prior year's immigration omnibus bill, HB 1549. Governor Nixon signed HB 390 on July 7, 2009, and the bill took effect immediately because it contained an emergency clause.

HB 390 requires the following:

* Although state-administered grants and scholarships are actually awarded by the MDHE, this provision is intended to apply to all such aid delivered at a participating institution.

** Most state aid programs are limited to U.S. citizens or permanent U.S. residents. Financial aid officers are encouraged to check with the MDHE if they have questions about specific eligibility requirements.