You don’t know what you don’t know! Planning for college can seem daunting, but the Office of College Planning at SEMO is here to help you learn what you need to know, and achieve the college degree you want.

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The office serves as a resource for you and your family to help understand and navigate the college planning process and ultimately choose a best fit college that financially makes sense for you.

Staff meet you where you are and provide you with tools to get to where you want to be. They provide personalized support from understanding your financial options all the way down to just believing that college is possible.

Tameka R. Herrion, director of College Planning, constantly researches the most up-to-date information on scholarships and financial aid trends so her department can best guide families in their college planning.

“No day is quite the same in College Planning,” Herrion says. “In one moment, I can be working on content and recording videos for the College Planning: 101 course and in the very next moment I could be talking a family through FAFSA completion or giving a virtual financial aid presentation to a class of seniors.”

The Office of College Planning also gives students and parents resources, websites and ideas of places to look for scholarships.

“I explain many of the pitfalls I’ve seen students fall victim to during my time as a scholarship manager,” Herrion says. “We discuss timelines and the essay and I explain the difference between institutional, state and private scholarships as well as one-time and renewable scholarships. We discuss what the evaluators are looking for and what they need to prepare for applying.”

Herrion says the most rewarding part of her career is helping clear a path to college by working to eliminate the hurdles and barriers to your higher education. If you have an inkling of a desire to go to college, contact the Office of College Planning