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Student Support Specialist

All Kickstart and potential Kickstart students have access to a Student Support Specialist. Each semester, one staff member at UMSL will inform and guide students through their Kickstart experience outside of the classroom. Kickstart students are encouraged to contact their Student Support Specialist with any questions regarding the program, UMSL, or general questions about transitioning to college (see example below).

Contact your Kickstart Student Support Specialist, Brian Farrar, now at

Brian can assist you with:

  • Tuition and Billing
  • Applying to UMSL
  • How to Request Transcripts
  • Connecting with Advisors for UMSL Programs:
    • Business
    • Nursing
    • Honors
    • Criminology and more

Throughout the semester, your Student Support Specialist will send emails about:

  • How to Access Your Kickstart Course on Canvas
  • Purchasing Textbooks
  • How to Prepare for the First Day of Class
  • How to Pay for Your Kickstart Course
  • The UMSL Bound Scholarship 

Remember to contact your professor with questions or concerns about your course, grades, or homework; your Student Support Specialist does not have access to this information. If you are having technical issues, contact UMSL IT at 314-516-6034.