School Choice and College Fit

With so many choices of schools and programs, finding the right college or other postsecondary institution for you may be challenging. Characteristics to consider include:

  • Location
  • Majors and programs
  • Services for first-generation students
  • Size
  • Total cost and net price


Missouri public colleges and universities have a range of costs. MDHE collects and publishes comprehensive tuition and fee schedules annually from Missouri public institutions.


Feeling overwhelmed about applying to college? To help get started, check out the MDHE's college fit worksheet where you can record information about the schools you may be interested in applying to. Record cost and financial aid comparisons by using the college cost comparison worksheet. Additionally, if your high school is participating in Apply Missouri, be sure to take advantage of the assistance this program offers. 

Admission Process

Missouri public colleges and universities have different admission guidelines that range from highly selective to open enrollment. Once you've narrowed your college choices, use the MDHE's student admissions application worksheet to help you prepare for the online admissions process.

The National Association for College Admissions Counseling provides information about choosing a college.


Missouri's Residency Requirements

The Code of State Regulations (CSR) sets the standards for determining the residency status of students, including the determination of student fee charges and student eligibility for financial aid administered by the Coordinating Board for Higher Education.