Financial Aid Introduction

We are working to keep our campus safe and healthy. Our hours listed below are subject to change. Please refer to our Campus Operations Advisory for updates as well.  We have limited our office hours due to the Coronavirus. The Financial Aid Office will be open Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with limited staff. 

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.

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.