The prospect of saying goodbye to your student is never easy, but the anxiety is lessened by the knowledge that you've chosen an amazing educational experience in a safe, secure living and learning environment.
A college degree represents hard work that will pay big dividends for you and your student, and Missouri Southern State University offers an excellent education at a reasonable price.
Checklist for Parents
Worried you are going to forget an important step in getting your child settled at MSSU? Here's a TO DO list :
Get to know your child's Admissions Counselor and Financial Aid Counselor.
These counselors can be the key to getting your child into the right classes and paying for them! The best way to develop a rapport with your child's counselors is to schedule a campus visit.
Make sure your child has taken the ACT and verify a copy is on file in the Admissions Office.
Admission to the university, academic scholarships and enrollment in some classes will be based on ACT/SAT scores.
Complete the FAFSA.
Even if you don't think you will qualify for Federal Financial Aid, you must complete a FAFSA in order to be considered for institutional scholarships.
Secure a dorm room.
Residence Life. All students under the age of 21, not living with a parent or spouse, are required to live on campus.
Reserve your spot
at Southern Welcome after your child receives an official
letter of acceptance
from the Admission Office. Southern Welcome is a one-day orientation/enrollment session for students and their parents.
Become aware of the student cost due dates after enrollment.
In order to avoid being dropped, you must secure cost payment either through financial aid, private sources or a tuition payment plan.
Become acquainted with the wealth of support available on the campus of MSSU:
The First Year Experience department offers opportunities to support your first year student.
Sign up for a parent newsletter.
Mark your calendar for Lion Pride Weekend.
Send your child a Cookie Care Package
The ACTS department also offers academic support programs, such as:
PASS (Path to Academic Success) is designed to assist freshmen whose GPA's fall below 2.0.
Lion Alert Referral System - an early warning system to alert MSSU counselors when a student is struggling with class attendance, poor grades or disruptive behaviors.
Mid-term grades - posted at the mid-point of each semester on LioNet to help students be informed of their progress in classes.