Adult students can receive free tuition through the state's new Fast Track program
The Fast Track Workforce Incentive Grant is a new financial aid program that addresses workforce needs by encouraging adults to pursue a certificate, degree, or industry-recognized credential in an area designated as high need. The financial aid program ensures, when combined with other government resources, that tuition and fees are fully covered for eligible students age 25 and older who are seeking a degree, certificate or industry-recognized credential in a high-demand career. Students younger than 25 also may be eligible to receive the grant if they haven’t been enrolled in any educational program within the last two years.
Missouri State-West Plains programs approved for funding
*The program can be completed online.
- Business (AAS) *
- Business (AS) *
- Community Behavioral Health Support (AAS)
- Child and Family Development (AA)
- Child and Family Development (AAS)
- Hospitality Leadership (AAS)
- Health Information Technology (HIT)* (AAS)
- Human Resources (AA)
- Law Enforcement (AAS)
- Nursing (ASN)
- Teaching (AAT)
- Technology (AAS)
- Technology (AS)
Certificates approved for funding include:
- Advanced Business Studies *
- Advanced Industrial Maintenance
- Advanced Manufacturing and Technology Management
- Advanced Welding and Fabrication Technology
- Agricultural Business *
- Basic Bookkeeping *
- Basic Business Studies *
- Manufacturing Managment
- Child and Family Development
- Foundations of Business *
- Health Information Technology
- Hospitality Leadership
- Human Resources
- Information Technology
- Technology Management *
Non-Credit Certificates approved for funding include:
- Certified Nurse Assistant
- Industrial Drafting
- Machining Technology
- Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Certification Program
- Professional Human Resources (PHR)/Senior Professional Human Resources
- Associate Professional in Human Resources (aPHR) Certification Preparation
- Industrial Maintenance Technician
Fast Track grant awards will cover any remaining tuition and fees not covered by other state and federal student aid programs. When other aid programs cover all tuition and fees, students could receive up to $500 to cover other education-related expenses.
Am I eligible?
- At least 25 years old OR have not been enrolled in an education program at any level within the past two years.
- Enroll at least half-time at a participating institution in a program designated as eligible.
- Have not yet earned a bachelor's degree.
- Earning no more than $40,000 per year as single tax filer, or no more than $80,000 per year as a joint tax filer.
How do I apply?
- Select one of the Missouri State-West Plains’ eligible career track programs.
- Complete the Fast Track application through the State Student Financial Aid Portal. Read the instructions for registering for the portal and to complete your Fast Track application.
- Complete the FAFSA each year you are enrolled (or are planning to enroll) in college. Individuals interested in receiving Fast Track for the 2022-2023 academic year will need to complete the 2022-2023 FAFSA, using tax information from 2020.
For more information about the program and how to apply, visit the Missouri Department of Higher Education’s Fast Track website, MoFastTrack.com.
For more information on how Fast Track can be used for Missouri State-West Plains’ degrees and certificates: