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Monthly Reminder
April 2018
 
Spring studies
Now that it's April, you can see the end of the school year in sight. The rainy weather and pops of green are signs of spring and there's no better time to buckle down and get to work on your grades. Start early on end-of-year projects and study on a regular basis to prepare for finals.
 
High school students
The end of the school year is no time to slack off. Gather a study group to stay on top of your toughest subjects and get prepared for finals.

Have you talked with your parents about your summer plans and opportunities? Consider job shadowing a few different professions and get a part-time job to set aside some savings and gain valuable experience.  

As you register for classes for next school year, consider taking AP or dual credit courses to earn college credit while in high school. This is a great way to get a head start on college. Also be sure to take courses that will help you be college and career ready.  
             
High school seniors
FAFSA season is almost over. If you haven’t filed your 2018-19 FAFSA yet, make it a priority. You can't qualify for most federal and state student aid without completing this form. That means you won't be eligible for grants, scholarships, work study, or even student loans.

Countdown to graduation is on! Finalize your plans now. 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.  

The end of the school year is creeping up quickly. Be sure you finish strong. Make a list of all the assignments and projects you still need to finish and their due dates. As you try to squeeze in lasting high school memories, don't forget to study for finals and turn in all required forms and paperwork to make it to college in the fall.             
 
College students
If you haven't filed your FAFSA yet, it's not too late! You need to file the form each year you plan to enroll in college in order to be eligible for most federal, state and institutional financial aid. Get to it!

Summer internships and jobs are a great way to make some money and gain valuable experience. Summer will be here before you know it. Find the career services office on your campus to help secure your summer position now!

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. Be sure you keep these and other renewal requirements in mind as you register for classes and consider dropping courses mid-semester.
          
 

Important dates
April 6
SAT Registration

April 14
ACT Test Date

May 1
Decision Day
           

May 3

SAT Registration

May 4
ACT Registration

May 5
SAT Test Date

June 2
SAT Test Date

June 15
ACT Registration

July 14
ACT Test Date

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Parents
High school seniors should finalize their college plans soon. Encourage your seniors to consider all of their options and to factor in financial aid and other costs. Do side-by-side comparisons of their top two or three schools in order to see a clear picture of what each school has to offer.

The end of the year can be a busy time for students and parents alike. Set aside family time to discuss goals and expectations as testing and finals approach. Brainstorm ideas for summer activities and talk about how you can make the most of future free time.
              

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.


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