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Monthly Reminder
March 2018
 
March madness
The temperatures are warming up, and Spring Break will be here before you know it. FAFSA season is almost over, testing time is around the corner, and prep for next year is already beginning. March is sure to fly by, so hold on tight and stay on track.
 
High school students
Learn about the different types of colleges and universities located in Missouri. Explore schools and majors now to give you a head start on planning your future.

Use your spring break and/or summer break to job shadow someone in a career you're interested in pursuing. Working a part-time job could also give you valuable job skills and allow you to start saving for college.  

Taking the ACT and/or SAT is a must if you plan to enroll in most colleges. If you take the test now, you'll have more opportunities to retake it leading up to your senior year. Most students improve their score the second time around. 
             
High school seniors
FAFSA season is almost over. If you haven’t filed your 2018-19 FAFSA yet, make it a priority. Your FAFSA should be filed by your college's FAFSA deadline, or the Access Missouri final deadline of April 2, whichever comes first. Eligible students who apply between Feb. 1 and April 2 will receive a grant if funds are available. The sooner you file, the better!  

Now is the time to finalize your plans for after graduation. Most colleges ask that you let them know of your intent to enroll by May 1. Celebrate Decision Day on or around May 1 with your classmates and share your decision on social media using #MODecisionDay.  

Never stop searching for scholarships. Every scholarship received helps offset your out-of-pocket expenses. College costs will add up – be diligent in your scholarship search now and all throughout college.            
 
College students
File your 2018-19 FAFSA before the April 2 Access Missouri final deadline. File every year you plan to enroll in college in order to be eligible for most forms of financial aid.

An extra year in college may cost more than you think. Tuition, books, fees, room and board, and the salary you could have earned working at a job can top $50,000 a year. Complete 15 or more credit hours a semester as you work toward your degree.

Start securing your summer internships and jobs now. Not only will a job or internship help you make valuable contacts and prepare you for a career, it also could help you save significant money in the long-run. Save a portion of your summer earnings to pay for your books and other school supplies.

If you are a recipient of the Bright Flight or A+ Scholarship, keep in mind that as a renewal student, a 2.5 cumulative GPA is required to continue receiving the award.
          
 

Important dates
March 9
ACT Registration

March 10
SAT Test Date

April 2
Access Missouri Final FAFSA Deadline

April 6
SAT Registration

April 14
ACT Test Date

May 3
SAT Registration

May 4
ACT Registration

May 5
SAT Test Date

Connect with us
Follow Journey to College on social media for daily planning and paying for college tips and reminders.

Twitter:
@Journey2College

Facebook:
@JourneytoCollege

Online:
JourneytoCollege.mo.gov


Parents
College is just around the corner for high school seniors. Students should finalize their college plans. If your senior is struggling to decide, consider college visits and talk through the pros and cons of each school. Don't forget to factor in financial aid and other costs.

Your high school senior or current college student should complete the 2018-19 FAFSA as soon as possible. The FAFSA determines eligibility for federal, state, and some college financial aid.
              

The Monthly Reminder is published 10 times a year by Journey to College, an initiative brought to you by the Missouri Department of Higher Education. Learn more at journeytocollege.mo.gov.


Missouri Department of Higher Education
P.O. Box 1469 Jefferson City, MO 65102
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