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Monthly Reminder
January 2019
It's a new day
It's true that the new year is a good time to reflect on the past and set new goals for the future - however, every day is new. Set daily, weekly and semester goals to make your year what you hope it to be. It's the daily tasks that get you to the end result. Don't overlook the importance of homework assignments, attending and paying attention in class, and working on those big projects ahead of time.
High school students
Work on your time management this semester to develop skills you'll need long after high school. Schedule time for homework, study groups, and extra curricular activities. Work on personal projects like drawing, writing, coding, website design, etc. 

It doesn't matter what grade you're in, there are plenty of things you can do now to be on the right track for college and a career.

Taking dual credit or Advanced Placement (AP) classes in high school can help you get a head start on college and save time and money as you work toward a degree. It can also help you graduate with less student loan debt.
High school seniors
The Bright Flight scores for Class of 2019 were just released! They've stayed the same as last year - that means, if you score a 31 or higher on your ACT, you're considered in the top 3 percent of test takers. This high score will qualify you for the Bright Flight Scholarship. There is still time to take your ACT and improve your score this spring, register for a test near you!

It's not too late to research colleges and degree programs. Whether you're interested in a short-term training program with a certificate, an associate degree or bachelor's degree, it all counts as college.
Use our redesigned College and Degree Search to filter your search options and find your best fit!
File your 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, before the Feb. 1 Access Missouri Grant priority deadline. This is free money for students with a financial need. You can file the FAFSA online or by using the new myStudentAid app. There are still some free FAFSA Frenzy events planned to help you file.
Once you file your FAFSA here's what to expect. Be sure to compare your financial aid offers and take money into consideration when deciding on the best school choice for you. Remember, you do not have to accept all or a portion of the student loans offered to you. Always accept free money first.
Speaking of money, keep applying for scholarships! A lot of scholarships are focused on high school seniors - take advantage of those scholarships now.
College students
Be sure to file your FAFSA before the Feb. 1 Access Missouri priority deadline, or your college's FAFSA deadline, whichever comes first. You can file the FAFSA online at or by using the new myStudentAid app. Find a FAFSA Frenzy event near you for free help.

We recently released a new tool to help college students see how their credits will transfer from one public college to another. Check out the new Course Transfer Tracker to see your transfer options and to track your progress toward meeting general education requirements. If you know you're going to transfer, this is a great way to make sure the classes you're taking will count toward your degree.

Scholarships aren't just for high school seniors - there are tons of scholarships for college students too. Don't forget to check if any previously earned scholarships are renewable, and see what you need to do to keep them.

Still undecided on a major? Use our redesigned College and Degree Search to see all the options available.  
If you are a Bright Flight or A+ Scholarship 
recipient, keep in mind that as a renewal student, a 2.5 cumulative GPA is required to continue receiving the award. Keep these and other scholarship renewal requirements in mind throughout your semester.

Important dates
Jan. 11
ACT Registration

Feb. 1
Access Missouri Grant,
Priority Deadline

Feb. 8
SAT Registration

Feb. 9
ACT Test Date

March 8
ACT Registration

March 9
SAT Test Date
April 5

SAT Registration

April 13
ACT Test Date
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High school seniors
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High school seniors and returning college students should file the 2019-20 FAFSA before the Feb. 1 priority deadline to qualify for the Access Missouri Grant. This is free money for students with a financial need. The FAFSA should be top priority this month if your student hasn't already filed. You'll use 2017 tax information, so no need to wait until you've filed your 2018 taxes.  
Don't have a student ready for college yet? Use the FAFSA4caster to see what financial aid your student could be eligible for in the future. Go to to estimate the aid your child could receive.

It's never too early to start thinking about college. Help your kids develop their interests and skills through school work, activities and hobbies. Talk to them about their hopes for the future and help them research jobs, salaries, high-need career fields, and the type of education needed to reach their goals.

Use a MOST 529 College Savings Plan to save for college and get a tax break.

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

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