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Project Stay

Project Stay

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How can we help you?

Project Stay is a federally-funded TRIO program and our mission is to provide comprehensive resources for students as they complete their bachelor's degrees and transition to graduate school and professional life. Project Stay is funded by the United States Department of Education.

Because our students' needs are different, our experienced Project Stay staff work with each student individually to create an educational plan. We look forward to being partners in YOUR success! Please do not hesitate to contact our office if you have any questions.


  • Academic Advising: We serve as academic advisor to students with undeclared majors. We can also assist students with discussing academic difficulty, developing a course plan, etc.


  • Personal Counseling: Students may set an appointment with the Project Stay counselor or director to talk about personal issues. All issues in counseling are kept strictly confidential.
  • Career Counseling: We will work with students in helping them to gather information on a particular career they might be interested in; they will do a career assessment that will give them some idea of what areas might be of interest to them. If they ever have questions about a particular career field, they are welcome to come in and we will discuss options with them.


  • Priority Enrollment: Students with less than 60 hours at the end of the current semester have the opportunity to enroll early for classes.
  • Assistance with Graduate School Admissions: We tour a graduate school in the spring and in the fall semester. We can help research schools and programs if they are interested in graduate school, as well as help with the application process.


  • Cultural Events: We do 2-3 cultural events per semester, usually one in the Joplin area and another one within a 2-3 hour radius.
  • Junior/Senior Trip: This is available to students 60 hours and over. The requirements include earning 4 Project Stay points and must have completed the two required meetings within the set time frame. Trip destinations vary each semester and are offered during the fall and spring semesters only.

Financial Aid:

  • Financial Literacy Development: Mostly done through workshops; we do offer opportunities to learn about financial management issues – budgeting, planning for the financial future, managing student loans, etc.
  • Cash Course provides literacy training for students.  Project Stay recently applied for a grant through that organization. For more information see Cash Course.
  • Assistance with Financial Aid/Scholarships: We offer 3 workshops every spring to help students get their FAFSA completed. We also pass along information to our students regarding scholarships that we hear about.
  • Grant Aid: This is available to students under 60 hours. The requirements include a 2.5 GPA, Pell eligibility, earned 4 Project Stay points, and must have completed the two required meetings within the set time frame. Grant aid is awarded only in the spring and summer semesters. The minimum amount is $555, but can be more depending on our budget and number of students who apply.


  • Tutoring/Study Groups: Our students have the benefit of obtaining one-on-one tutoring instead of group tutoring. Students are paired with a tutor and meet at regularly scheduled days/times.
  • Study Skills Development: We offer workshops throughout the semester and will often present on a topic related to study skills (note-taking, test anxiety, etc.). The tutors can also help student with their general study skills if needed.
  • Leadership & Professional Development Class: This class is offered to Project Stay students only (must be a sophomore and have declared a major). It is an eight-week course taught in the Spring semester. It is free and worth two elective credits. The purpose of the class is to develop leadership skills and prepare students for the professional world.
  • Job Shadowing: We set this up as a half-day or one-day experience in a career field the student is interested in.

Many different kinds of students are part of the Project Stay family

  • Some are coming to college directly from high school while others are coming back to school later in life.
  • Some have children.
  • Some are athletes.
  • Some live in the residence halls.