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 at: 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 (, 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.

What does it cost to attend Missouri State University-West Plains?

Students may use the following information to estimate the costs they are likely to incur for the 2017-2018 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 2016-2017 academic year.)

(Amounts listed below reflect costs for the 2016-2017 academic year.)

Required student fees:
(Based on 15 credit hours)
Missouri resident*($119 per credit hour)+ or $1,940 $3,880
Non-resident*($238 per credit hour)+ $3,725 $7,450
Campus room & board:Semester:Year:
Grizzly House Residence Hall (20 meals per week) $2,851 $5,702
Books & Supplies:** $518 $1,036
Subtotal of fees:
Missouri resident: $5,309 $10,618
Non resident: $7,094 $14,188
Personal expenses:***Semester:Year:
Estimated personal: $1,351 $2,701
Estimated travel: $808 $1,617
Total estimated costs:Semester:Year:
Missouri resident: $7,468 $14,936
Non-resident: $9,253 $18,506

*Students also pay a capital projects fee, computer usage fee, student activity fee, Student Recreation Center Fee and health services fee. These fees, which total $155, are 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.