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The records: The University of Missouri System's Institutional Research and Planning department records data for how much and what kind of financial aid UM students are receiving.
Why you’d want them: To examine the details of what types of financial aid students are receiving and how much aid is being awarded by the UM System.
Where you get the records: Go to www.umsystem.edu/ums/fa/planning/ and scroll down to "Students" heading. Click the second-to-last link, titled "Student Financial Aid Awarded by Source and Type," to download a Microsoft Excel file containing data for each UM campus.
How much it will cost: The information is free.