Journey to College
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.
Register now to host a 2017-18 Journey to College event
The Missouri Department of Higher Education’s goal is to have every Missouri high school participate in at least one of the Journey to College Programs. Colleges and community organizations also can participate in the FAFSA Frenzy program. The Missouri Department of Higher Education provides robust resources and materials 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 [email protected]
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.
Learn more at dhe.mo.gov/ppc/applymissouri.php
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.
Learn more at dhe.mo.gov/ppc/fafsafrenzy.php
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.
Learn more at dhe.mo.gov/ppc/decisionday.php
Benefits of hosting Journey to College Programs Q&A
To learn about the benefits of hosting Journey to college Programs, click here.
Journey to College Day
The Missouri Department of Higher Education hosted its second annual Journey to College Day on Thursday, April 13, 2017 in Jefferson City focused on college access topics and initiatives. The following presentations were provided during Journey to College Day:
- Missouri legislative and state aid updates
- FAFSA, FSA ID, and DRT updates and tips
- Helping students prepare financially for life after high school
- Journey to College program updates
Academic Year-End Report
The Missouri Department of Higher Education provides individual outcome reports along with a plaque of recognition for each high school that hosts all three Journey to College programs. Click here for a sample of the year-end outcome report.
Journey to College listserv
Join the Journey to College listserv today. This electronic mail forum is specifically for Journey to College questions, concerns, successes, best practices, and more. The [email protected] will allow you to easily have a dialogue with other J2C site coordinators and education access professionals. To subscribe please go to http://lists.mo.gov/mailman/listinfo/j2clistserv.