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Q: Who is eligible to pursue an Associate of Arts degree through Missouri State University-West Plains?

A: Any student who is enrolled at a Southeast Missouri State University Regional Campus who has not already completed an associate’s degree.

Q: What is “Reverse Transfer”?

A: You will complete 62 credit hours applicable to the Associate of Arts (AA) degree while attending a Southeast Regional Campus. A minimum of 15 credit hours must be completed through Missouri State-West Plains to earn the AA degree. Although you are seeking a Bachelor’s degree through Southeast Missouri State University, you can receive an AA degree from Missouri State University-West Plains when you have completed the required courses.

Q: Tell me more about Missouri State-West Plains.

A: Missouri State-West Plains is a great school! The offerings that they bring to this partnership and the way they align with our regional campus degree offerings couldn’t be better.

  • Missouri State-West Plains was ranked sixth in the nation in the Best Community Colleges category of the 2013 Washington Monthly College Rankings.
  • Twice in recent years, Missouri State-West Plains was named one of the top 120 two-year colleges in the United States by the Aspen Institute Community College Excellence Program. This ranking places Missouri State-West Plains among the top 10% of community colleges in the nation. The ranking was earned as a result of the school’s excellent student outcomes in the areas of student retention and graduation, institutional improvement, and equity (evidence of completion outcomes for minority and low-income students).

Q: How do I apply?

A: There is no fee to apply. Simply complete the Associate’sPlus Program Application, allowing you to enroll in Missouri State-West Plains courses as a visiting student.

Q: What coursework will MSU-West Plains offer?

A: You can choose from a wide selection of online courses at Missouri State-West Plains, depending upon availability. Your Southeast Regional Campus Academic Coordinator will guide you through the Missouri State-West Plains degree requirements.

Q: How do I enroll?

A: A Southeast Regional Campus Academic Coordinator can assist you. Once you’ve been admitted to Missouri State-West Plains you will receive a letter containing directions on how to get started as a Missouri State-West Plains student.

Q: What is the cost for the Missouri State-West Plains courses?

A: The fees for online Missouri State-West Plains coursework are $137 per credit hour and an additional $5 per credit hour technology fee (2016-2017). Additional lab fees may be required for some courses.

Q: When does the semester begin?

A: The Missouri State-West Plains calendar differs from the Southeast academic calendar. Look for important dates in the Missouri State-West Plains Schedule.

Q: Will I receive a separate bill for my Missouri State-West Plains courses?

A: Yes. Students enrolled in Associate’sPlus will receive a billing statement from both institutions. Financial aid will be processed through Southeast. To receive financial aid for your full schedule of classes, you must complete a consortium agreement each semester. For financial aid or billing questions, call Student Financial Services at 573-651-2253 or email

Q: How do I access my online course through MSU-West Plains?

A: You will be required to log into the My Grizzly Den portal to check your email and log into your online courses through Blackboard.

Q: Are textbooks required for the Missouri State-West Plains courses? How do I obtain these?

A: Yes, you are required to locate the texts required for Missouri State-West Plains coursework. Missouri State-West Plains offers textbooks through their online site Many titles are also available for rent.

Q: When will I know if I have the required hours to earn the AA degree?

A: Your Regional Campus Academic Coordinator will guide you through the Missouri State-West Plains degree requirements. After you have completed the required coursework, a Missouri State-West Plains graduation application will be needed to confer your associate’s degree.

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