Planning & Paying for College
The Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development provides services and resources for students and their families, Missouri’s financial aid community, high school counselors, personal finance teachers, and other professionals interested in helping students earn a college degree or certificate.
MDHEWD works to raise awareness about federal and state financial aid programs, scholarships and financial literacy. The tools and resources provided by the MDHEWD are designed to help students be prepared to make informed decisions regarding educational opportunities and succeed in college and beyond.
Planning for College
Continuing your education beyond high school is an important step that can help you develop your potential and pursue your career goals. It is also a major investment of your time, effort, and money. Spend time exploring educational opportunities so you can find the right fit for you.
High school counselors and teachers play an important role in helping students plan and prepare for college. MDHEWD offers many resources to help students plan for college including interactive tools, personal finance materials, or guest speakers.
Are you new to financial aid? MDHEWD offers free resources each year to provide important information to Missouri's financial aid officers.
Paying for College
Interested in obtaining financial aid that does not have to be repaid after you graduate from college? MDHEWD administers several grant and scholarship programs designed to assist Missouri residents who are interested in completing undergraduate studies at one of Missouri’s postsecondary institutions.
MDHEWD provides students with information about borrowing money for college, including debt minimization strategies, interest, repayment options and avoiding default, and repayment options.
Education and training assistance may be available to those who are unemployed or underemployed, seeking employment in high-growth occupations or seeking employment in high-demand occupations.