High school guidance counselors, teachers, and other administrators and mentors play an important role in helping students prepare for college, and the Missouri Department of Higher Education (MDHE) has the resources to help you do just that.

FAFSA Frenzy

FAFSA Frenzy, a program of College Goal SundaySM, provides students and their families free professional assistance completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Since 2004, this program has helped more than 14,000 Missouri students file the FAFSA. The event brings together several key professional audiences, including financial aid officers, high school guidance counselors and administrators, and college access professionals. This year 86 FAFSA Frenzy events are planned during the months of January, February, and March of 2015.

Questions regarding FAFSA Frenzy may be directed to Lisa Wilson (MDHE outreach services coordinator), or Jaron Vail (MDHE outreach services program specialist).

Note: FAFSA Frenzy is a program of College Goal SundaySM and is offered in Missouri through partnerships between the Missouri Department of Higher Education (MDHE) with the Missouri Association of Student Financial Aid Personnel (MASFAP), MOHELA, and USA Funds. The College Goal SundaySM program was created by the Indiana Student Financial Aid Association (ISFAA), with funding from Lilly Endowment, Inc., and with supplemental support from the Lumina Foundation for Education.

Missouri College Application Week

Piloted in Missouri in 2013, Missouri College Application Week focuses on helping first generation college students, low income students, and others who are traditionally underrepresented in higher education complete and submit college admissions applications. The program was held in 26 Missouri public high schools in October of 2013 and expanded to 56 public high schools in 2014. For fall 2015, the program will likely be opened up to statewide participation.

College Fairs and Financial Aid Nights

The MDHE offers customized presentations for Missouri high school counselors and other community groups. Let us help you make the most of your college fair or financial aid night for high school students and their families. To arrange for a speaker, complete the MDHE's online speaking/event request form.

Would you like to better promote your event to local students and parents? Add your "Planning and Paying for College" workshop or college fair to the Missouri Association for Student Financial Aid Personnel (MASFAP) Website. It's free!

The MDHE also offers pre-recorded webcasts and other training services.

Free Materials Available For You and Your Students

The MDHE offers free print materials loaded with information about financial aid resources and how to plan and prepare for a postsecondary education. We also have financial literacy materials available for use by teachers responsible for the 0.5 credit Personal Finance course. These materials follow the curriculum and core competencies from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

You may order free MDHE publications for your students online.

Inside Missouri Higher Education and electronic communications

Launching in September 2013, the new Inside Missouri Higher Education electronic magazine is intended for Missouri’s postsecondary administrators, including the financial aid community, enrollment management officers, and admissions officers, as well as high school guidance counselors, college access service providers, and other professionals interested in helping Missouri's students and citizens obtain a postsecondary education. Subscribe to receive a notification each quarter when the new issue is ready or to receive electronic communications from the MDHE.