About the Missouri Department of Higher Education

Building Missouri's Future . . . by degrees

At the direction of the Coordinating Board for Higher Education (CBHE), the Missouri Department of Higher Education (MDHE) strives to coordinate higher education policy that fosters a quality postsecondary system, as well as to increase participation in Missouri 's public institutions. The state system of higher education serves more than 408,000 students through 13 public four-year universities, 19 public two-year colleges, one public two-year technical college, 25 independent colleges and universities and 150 proprietary and private career schools.

Primary Responsibilities

During academic year 2011-2012, the MDHE provided $97,077,474 in state-based student financial assistance to more than 75,000 students.

In addition to its primary responsibilities, the MDHE has served as a guaranty agency within the Federal Family Education Loan Program since 1979 and is one of 32 guarantors operating nationwide. The federal Healthcare and Education Affordability Act of 2010 eliminated the ability of FFELP guarantors to originate new loans as of July 1, 2010. The MDHE does still service and maintain its existing portfolio of loans guaranteed prior to July 1, 2010. As part of its responsibility as a FFELP student loan guarantor, the MDHE provides numerous programs to help Missouri students access and succeed in postsecondary education.

The Missouri Department of Higher Education and the Coordinating Board for Higher Education are included in Chapter 173 of the Missouri Revised Statutes.