Higher education has never been more important in Missouri. By 2020, approximately 66 percent of all jobs in the state will require some form of postsecondary education – a professional certificate or a two-year, four-year or advanced degree.


The Missouri Department of Higher Education’s Journey to College initiative works to increase college access and affordability to help Missouri students plan for the future. Journey to College includes outreach programs, publications, social media, and presentations and training.


Outreach programs


Three Journey to College outreach programs focus on helping students prepare for college:


  1. Apply Missouri - helps students find the “best fit” for higher education and provides time during the school day for seniors to submit college applications.

  2. FAFSA Frenzy - provides free professional assistance to help students and their families fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

  3. Decision Day - encourages seniors to finalize their plans for the future and celebrates their decision to attend college or enter the military.


Journey to College information for students and parents is located at dhe.mo.gov/ppc/students/journeytocollegeforstudents.php.




Free publications for students and their families offer information about planning and paying for college. The publications include:



For more information about how to order Journey to College publications, visit dhe.mo.gov/publications.php.


Presentations and College Fairs


Customized presentations are available for Missouri high school counselors and other community groups planning college fairs and financial aid nights. To arrange for a speaker, complete the speaking/event request form. Topics available include Planning & Paying for College, which includes an overview of state and federal financial aid programs, and Financial Literacy subjects relevant to students.



The Journey to College blog provides students with information about planning and paying for college in a digital format.


Social Media


Follow Journey to College on Facebook or Twitter for education information geared towards students and their families.