Applying to college can be daunting, especially for students who may be the first in their family to attend college, are low income, are from ethnicities underrepresented in higher education, or are experiencing homelessness or other special circumstances. The Apply Missouri program, formerly known as Missouri College Application Week, helps seniors at participating high schools navigate the college application process.
By offering Apply Missouri activities within the normal school day, your school can ensure that every senior has the opportunity to receive hands-on assistance so they take the first big step toward continuing their education beyond high school. Apply Missouri can help students decide which colleges best meet their needs and submit admissions applications. This program can contribute to a college-going culture at your high school, generating excitement and engagement among students.
Hosting Apply Missouri
All site coordinators planning to host Journey to College activities during 2017-18 are encouraged to attend Journey to College Day on Thursday, April 13, 2017 in Jefferson City. If you are interested in learning more about Apply Missouri but aren't quite ready to register your high school as a site, you are also invited to attend Journey to College Day. Topics to be covered during the meeting include:
- Welcome and update from the commissioner
- Missouri legislative and state aid updates
- Using Missouri Connections to enhance your Journey to College programs
- Sneak peek at the 2018-19 FAFSA; FSA ID issues and tips
- Best practices for conducting Apply Missouri, FAFSA Frenzy, and/or Decision Day
You may direct any questions regarding Apply Missouri or Journey to College Day to [email protected].
Site coordinator resources
The 2016-17 site coordinator Resource Manual for all three Journey to College programs contains student worksheets, ideas for activities, fillable templates, printable flyers, tips for organizing and promoting your activities, and other materials to help make your Apply Missouri event successful. The 2017-18 version of the Resource Manual will be available in the spring of 2017.
History of the program
The Missouri Department of Higher Education and the Missouri College Advising Corps piloted this program at 26 high schools around the state during October 2013. The Missouri College Advising Corps is made up of recent college graduates who work in high schools with large percentages of students at risk of not going to college. The 2013 pilot program was successful, with an average of 70 percent of pilot schools' seniors participating in at least one activity. More than 2,000 seniors submitted approximately 3,600 admissions applications.