Financial Planning for College

Planning for college? Wondering how you’ll pay for it? Get facts and tips from government agencies, nonprofit organizations and news media resources.


Office for Financial Success

A service provided by Student Financial Aid, OFS is dedicated to improving the financial well-being of individuals and families by providing affordable, unbiased education and counseling in all areas of personal finance.


U.S. News & World Report: Paying for College

Financial aid news, savings-plan tips, a recession guide and rankings of the best values in education.


CNN Money: College

CNN’s wellspring of tips, trends, news and calculators related to funding an education.


New York Times: Paying for College

Commentary, news, charts and blogs from New York Times contributors.


College Savings Plans Network

National Association of State Treasurers-affiliated guide to 529 savings plans.


Student Aid on the Web

Loan information, a FAFSA guide and a glossary of financial-aid terms from Federal Student Aid, an office of the U.S. Department of Education.


MDHE: Planning and Paying for College

The Missouri Department of Higher Education’s guide to loans, grants and scholarships, with information for students, parents, high school counselors and financial aid officers.


Missouri’s 529 College Savings Plan (MOST)

A 529 plan is a type of investment account you can use for higher education, named after Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Code, which outlines its tax advantages. Earnings grow federally tax-deferred and qualified withdrawals are tax-free.

Important Dates

For the 2024-2025 academic year

Dec. 1, 2023 - Scholarship deadline for first-time college students

Feb. 1, 2024 - Scholarship deadline for current & transfer students

March 1, 2024 - MU's recommended FAFSA priority submission date

Apr. 1, 2024 - FAFSA submission deadline

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