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The path to your job in health care could pass through a lecture hall or laboratory. Find out more about education requirements and the resources available.

Financial Aid

Pursuing your dreams as a health care professional will require a financial commitment. Scholarships are available to assist you with expenses, while financial aid offers various types of assistance through grants, student loans and work study. These types of aid are awarded to students of all ages, and eligibility is based on many different factors including financial need, academic achievement, civic involvement, athletic ability, and other skills and interests. However you finance your education, remember that you’re investing in your future!

A variety of financial aid is available to help students and families pay for college. It is important to look into all types of student financial aid – from federal and state government, colleges and universities, community organizations, private businesses, and other sources. Students should apply for scholarships and grants every year they plan to attend college.

Missouri Aid

The Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development administers a number of state grants. To be eligible for most Missouri student financial aid, initial and renewal students should have a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Awarded state financial aid is based on funding availability.

Federal Aid

The U.S. Department of Education offers several federal grants to help with higher education costs. To qualify for federal financial aid, students must meet all eligibility requirements and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year they attend college.

Other Points to Consider

The cost of an education varies depending on the type of school you choose and your study program. If you’ll be working toward a bachelor’s degree, you may want to spend your first two years at a community college and then transfer to a four-year school. Community colleges are typically less expensive. Make sure your courses will transfer to the school you want to attend.

Remember that scholarships may make a more expensive school affordable.

Some degrees will allow you to earn while you learn. For example, in nursing, you can earn LPN certification in one year or become a registered nurse in two years. While you are working as a nurse, you can continue your education.

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