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Monthly Reminder

September 2018
Look ahead
It may feel like school just started, but midterms, ball games and school dances are on the horizon.  Keep a handle on things by setting big goals and working toward them with smaller goals. Be intentional about your classes, extra-curricular activities, and your time.
High school students
Keep plugging away at projects and papers. 
Your GPA and activities will all count when it comes time to apply for scholarships and college admissions. Don't wait until your senior year to start thinking about the future.  

As you plan for next semester, consider taking
challenging courses and courses that may help
you explore possible career choices. Taking dual credit or advanced placement courses during high school can save you time and money when it comes to attending college.
High school seniors
If your school is participating in Apply Missouri activities, take advantage of the time available to you during the day to find your best fit for college, and submit applications. Even if your school isn't participating, use these resources to help with your college journey. If your school hosts a college fair, take time to meet with school representatives, and don't be afraid to ask questions.

As you research colleges, you should also be hitting the scholarship searches. Apply for as many grants and scholarships as you can. Ask your counselor for applications, check into local organizations, and research state and federal financial aid programs.

Some scholarship and college applications may ask you to include letters of recommendation. Ask a few adults in your life (teachers, coaches, youth leaders, employers, etc.) if they would be willing to write you a reference letter now so you aren't asking at the last minute.

Fall is a busy time for seniors. Starting Oct. 1, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will be available. Seniors (and all college students) need to file the FAFSA in order to qualify for most forms of student financial aid. Learn about the FAFSA, set up your FSA ID, and find a FAFSA Frenzy event near you to be ready to file!         
College students
The drop date for classes may be quickly
approaching. Meet with your advisor before
dropping a class to discuss how it could affect
your full-time status, scholarship money, grade
point average, and overall cost of your education.
Dropping a class just because you may receive
a lower grade than desired may not be the best
option for you.

Take advantage of on-campus resources such
as free tutoring services, free social events, and
possible job opportunities. For first-time freshman,
campus life means a new beginning — succeed in school by learning to manage your time, finances and social activities.

Did you know you need to file the FAFSA for every year you plan to enroll in college? The 2019-20 FAFSA will be available Oct. 1, 2018. You'll use tax information from 2017, and you can receive free help completing your FAFSA at FAFSA Frenzy events near you.

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 renewal requirements in mind throughout your semester.

Important dates
Sept. 28
ACT Registration

Oct. 5
SAT Registration

Oct. 6
SAT Test Date

Oct. 27
ACT Test Date

Nov. 2
ACT Registration

Nov. 3
SAT Test Date
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As you help lead your kids toward their futures, consider attending a college fair in your area. It’s a fast way to get a lot of information about several colleges all in one place.

Fall is a great time for college visits. Even if you don’t schedule an official visit, taking your teenagers to walk around campus and get a feel for the atmosphere can help them get excited and start considering opportunities.

If you have a high school senior or college student, they'll need to file a FAFSA as soon as possible after Oct. 1 to qualify for most forms of financial aid. You and your student will both need to have your own FSA ID username and password. You can set that up now, if you haven't already. You will also need to provide some financial information on the FAFSA, using 2017 tax information, so gather those documents to prepare.

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

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