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Why enroll in FastTracks at Northwest – Kansas City?

FastTracks is an affordable, accessible and focused way to earn your associate and bachelor’s degrees simultaneously through Metropolitan Community College and Northwest Missouri State University.

Students will focus on completing an associate degree from MCC while taking up to six Northwest classes to prepare in the next phase of the program. After completion of the associate degree, students transition to Northwest – Kansas City or the Maryville campus to complete their bachelor’s degree. A designated advisor is assigned at each campus to guide students to complete their program in a timely manner.

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  • Textbooks for Northwest classes provided at no additional charge
  • Northwest laptop while enrolled in Northwest courses
  • PAWS Scholarship and laptop and textbook programs, save you nearly $7,800 while enrolled at MCC
  • Upon transfer, students will be eligible for Northwest transfer scholarships


  • Student identification cards from both institutions to access student services, library resources, and college events and activities
  • MCC courses available at all five MCC locations and online
  • Northwest classes available in Maryville, Kansas City, and online


  • Seamless transfer of courses without wasted credits
  • Access to student and academic support services

Degree Programs

Admission Requirements

To be admitted into FastTracks, students must:

  • Be pursuing an Associate of Arts or Associate of Arts in Teaching at MCC
  • Lawfully present in the United States
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent

PAWS Scholarship

The PAWS Scholarship allows students to save up to $4,500 in Northwest classes. When combined with Northwest’s textbook and laptop policy, students could save nearly $7,800!

The scholarship can be used for up to 5 semesters or 18 credit hours, whichever comes first. It will automatically be reflected on the student’s Northwest bill.

Students can receive all financial aid, A+, MCC scholarships or outside scholarships while enrolled at MCC in FastTracks.

Apply Today

Applying to FastTracks is simple and free. Just follow the steps below:

Step 1: Apply to MCC

  • Note: applicants must apply to MCC first. If applicant is already enrolled at MCC, move to step 2.

Step 2: Apply to FastTracks

  • You will be admitted to MCC shortly after you apply. You will receive a student ID and password, which you will use to access the FastTracks application.

Step 3: Set up an appointment with your FastTracks advisor

Note: If the student has prior credit from third party sources such as: dual credit, AP, IB, military, or credit by exam, they must provide an official transcript to both institutions and will be evaluated based on the equivalencies to award credit.

Upon transfer to Northwest, students will be required to meet all Northwest transfer requirements.

Contact Information

Northwest Missouri State University
Michael McVinua
Academic Success Coach
Phone: 816.844.7837
Address: 6889 N Oak Trafficway, Suite 400
Gladstone, MO 64118

Metropolitan Community College
Brett Lind
Student Success Manager
Phone: 816.604.3265
Address: 3200 Broadway
Kansas City, MO 64111