Financial Aid Introduction

See the "Tuition, Costs, and Fees" page in the office of registration and record website for more information.

Thank you for your interest in the scholarship and financial aid programs at Missouri State University-West Plains. The various types of aid available through the federal government are described only briefly. More information can be accessed through the Federal Student Aid site..  If you have any questions, please feel free to visit us in the office or call (417) 255-7243 or (888) 466-7897, option 2.

The University

Missouri State University is a multi-campus metropolitan University system serving a unique combination of urban and rural environments. The University is committed to the creation of a teaching and learning environment that maximizes the student's opportunity to become an educated person.

The University functions through a three-campus system structured to address the needs of the metropolitan area it serves. The system includes a selective admissions campus in Springfield, a two-year open admissions campus at West Plains and a research campus at Mountain Grove.

Missouri State University-West Plains is a teaching and learning institution providing quality post-secondary educational opportunities to the communities we serve, including the seven-county region of Howell, Oregon, Texas, Douglas, Wright, Ozark and Shannon Counties. For years, the college has grown and expanded to offer associate's degrees, transfer programs and training for immediate employment, as well as bachelor's and master's degrees from Missouri State University in Springfield. The University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association (NCAHLC), phone: (312) 263-0456. Enrollment averages 2,200 per semester.

The campus consists of five classroom and administrative buildings: Kellett Hall, M.O. Looney Hall, Emory L. Melton Hall, Michael J. Lybyer Technology Center, Garfield Hall and Cass Hall. In addition to classroom and administrative buildings, the campus includes the Garnett Library, the 60-person Grizzly House residence hall, the Student Recreation Center, the Putnam Student Center, the V. H. Drago College Store and Cass Hall, a one-stop shop for student services. Maintenance and custodial operations are located in the Broadway Building and the Richards House. Gohn Hall houses the Missouri State Outreach program.

Cost to attend

Students may use the following information to estimate the costs they are likely to incur for the 2018-2019 academic year. These are estimated expenses and will vary among students; therefore, it is impossible for the financial aid office to specify the exact amount of funding required. Additionally, students should be aware that costs are subject to change without notice. (Amounts listed below reflect costs for the 2018-2019 academic year.)

(Amounts listed below reflect costs for the 2018-2019 academic year.)

Required student fees:
(Based on 15 credit hours)
Semester: Year:
Missouri resident*($125 per credit hour)+ or $2,153 $4,305
Non-resident*($260 per credit hour)+ $4,178 $8,355
Campus room & board: Semester: Year:
Grizzly House Residence Hall (20 meals per week) $2,968 $5,936
Books & Supplies:** $405 $810
Subtotal of fees:
Missouri resident: $5,526 $11,051
Non resident: $7,551 $15,101
Personal expenses:*** Semester: Year:
Estimated personal: $1,401 $2,803
Estimated travel: $840 $1,680
Total estimated costs: Semester: Year:
Missouri resident: $7,767 $15,534
Non-resident: $9,792 $19,584


*Students also pay a common fee of $18.50 per credit hour. This fee is calculated into the figures above.

+Per credit hour costs may differ for specialized courses, including online, nursing and respiratory care.

**Costs for books and supplies vary depending upon the student's academic major, number of credit hours taken, the availability of used books and their resale value. Nursing students should refer to departmental literature for a full explanation of costs associated with the program, including books, supplies, uniforms, lab fees, vaccines, travel, etc.

***Students should plan their own expenditures for clothing, transportation, entertainment and miscellaneous. The amount, of course, will vary from student to student.