Journey to College - Apply Missouri

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 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.

 

Site registration for the 2019-20 program year is now underway through August 23. You may register your high school by visiting https://surveys.mo.gov/index.php/325680. You may direct any questions or concerns to journeytocollege@dhe.mo.gov.

 

 

Site coordinator resources

The 2019-20 Site Coordinator Resource Manual will be available this summer. In the meantime, you may wish to check out last year's version. The manual covers all three Journey to College programs and contains student worksheets, ideas for activities, fillable templates, printable fliers, tips for organizing and promoting your activities, and other materials to help make your Apply Missouri event successful. You may also find Apply Missouri-specific resources and templates at http://dhe.mo.gov/ppc/applymissouriresources.php.

 

The Missouri Department of Higher Education is hosting Journey to College Day on July 30, 2019, 8:30 am-3:00 pm. This year's meeting agenda is loaded with relevant sessions covering topices such as FAFSA updates, a show-and-tell of the new Missouri student portal, financial aid verification and what happens after the FAFSA, a Missouri state aid update, and more. To register for this free meeting, visit https://surveys.mo.gov/index.php/197481. The registration deadline is July 23.

 

If you have any questions regarding the Journey to College programs, please contact journeytocollege@dhe.mo.gov.

 

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. This is the seventh year Apply Missouri has been held at Missouri high schools. During the first six years of the program, Apply Missouri helped more than 18,000 students submit at least one college application. Apply Missouri is part of the American College Application Campaign.