Missouri Career Education

Get Adobe ReaderA note about viewing streaming video


Missouri HSE Transition
Paying for College or Training

Part of the decision about what college or training program to enter is the cost. Unlike basic and secondary education, postsecondary programs are not free. The cost ranges from about $3,000 a year to attend a community college full time (not including living expenses) to almost $50,000 a year at the most expensive colleges if you live on campus. Whatever your choice, there are loans, grants, and scholarships available to help you pay for college. Even if you can afford to pay for the education you want, it is a good idea to apply for help.



Whether you want to borrow money or apply for a grant or scholarship (money for school that you don't have to repay), the first step is almost always to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Most people do this online, but it is possible to do it on paper. 

If you are under 21, you will probably need financial information and signatures from your parent(s) or guardian(s). There are some exceptions that the FAFSA forms explain. Also: The FAFSA must be completed as soon after January 1 as possible.


Financial Aid

Find out all you can about the kinds of financial aid available and how to get it. You should contact the financial aid office at the college of your choice for details on available opportunities. Here are links to a variety of additional resources on financial aid.




How Do I Find?