Journey to College Programs


The Missouri Department of Higher Education’s Journey to College outreach programs work to remove barriers to higher education and reduce the college-attainment gap.


High schools and college-access organizations can host Journey to College events to help students with the college-planning process and increase higher education access and participation. The Missouri Department of Higher Education provides a resource manual that offers checklists, templates, activity ideas, worksheets, and additional information about hosting an event.


Journey to College events are open to all students but focus on providing assistance to those who are low income, are underrepresented in higher education, or would be the first in their family to attend college.



Apply Missouri

Journey to College - Apply Missouri


Apply Missouri provides assistance during the regular school day to help students determine the higher education institutions that best meet their needs and submit admissions applications. The program promotes a college-going culture and helps create important communication channels between students and higher education institutions.


High schools host Apply Missouri events during September and October.


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FAFSA Frenzy

Journey to College - FAFSA Frenzy


FAFSA Frenzy offers free, one-on-one professional assistance to help students and families complete the Free Application for Student Financial Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is the primary form used by federal, state, and college and university financial assistance programs to determine a student’s eligibility for grants, scholarships, loans and work-study programs.


High schools, colleges and community organizations host FAFSA Frenzy events October through January.


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Decision Day

Journey to College - Decision Day


Decision Day celebrates seniors’ plans for college or military service. The progam encourages seniors to finalize and follow through on their plans for the future and helps build interest in college among younger students.


High schools host Decision Day events on or near May 1, the date by which most seniors must notify a college of their plans to enroll.


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Host a Journey to College event


Missouri high schools can participate in any single Journey to College program or all three. Colleges and community organizations also can participate in the FAFSA Frenzy program. The Missouri Department of Higher Education provides resources and training to assist schools and organizations with hosting Apply Missouri, FAFSA Frenzy and Decision Day events. The 2017-18 site registration form is available through August 25, 2017.


You may direct any questions regarding the online site registration process or the Journey to College programs to [email protected].


Journey to College Day


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, FAFSA Frenzy, or Decision Day, you are also invited to attend Journey to College Day. Topics to be covered during the meeting inlcude:

  • Missouri legislative and state aid updates
  • Using Missouri Connections to enhance your Journey to College activities
  • Sneak peek at the 2018-19 FAFSA; FSA ID tips and issues
  • Best practices in conducting Apply Missouri, FAFSA Frenzy, and/or Decision Day


During the summer of 2016, the Missouri Department of Higher Education hosted its first Journey to College Day training workshop focused on college access topics and initiatives. The following presentations were provided during Journey to College Day on July 26: