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Monthly Reminder
October 2018
 
Last 90 days
With only 90 days left in 2018, it's time to buckle down on those goals you made for the year. You have enough time this semester to raise your grades, get involved, and take steps toward creating a positive future.
 
High school students
If you aren't happy with your mid-semester grades, meet with your teacher or counselor to develop better study habits. Schedule time each day for homework, carve out an extra 20 minutes per day to study and prepare for exams, and create a checklist with short-term to-dos for the week, and longer goals for the month.

High school is a great time to get a feel for your future career. Consider job shadowing different professions on the weekend, after school, and during holiday breaks. Remember, continuing education beyond high school is more important now than ever before. Take time during high school to explore your options and find your best fit for continuing your education and starting a career. Consider taking challenging courses and dual credit or advanced placement courses to save you time and money in the long run.
             
High school seniors
Now is the time to find your best fit for college and submit those applications. Utilize our Apply Missouri resources to help with your college journey. 
           
The 2019-20 Free Application for Federal Student Aid, commonly known as the FAFSA, became available Oct. 1. You can file the FAFSA online or by using the new myStudentAid app. There are nearly 200 free events planned in Missouri to help you file the FAFSA. Find a FAFSA Frenzy event near you.

Seniors (and all college students) need to file the FAFSA in order to qualify for most forms of student financial aid. Some financial aid is limited, so file early - the sooner, the better.

So what is financial aid? It's scholarships, grants, work-study programs, and student loans. The federal government uses the FAFSA to determine your eligibility for federal student aid programs, but your future college and the state of Missouri also use the form for grants and scholarships, so it's important you file.

Most students will be considered dependent students, but you can check your status here. If you are a dependent student, at least one of your parents will need an FSA ID in order to sign and submit the FAFSA. Get your FSA ID before starting the application. See other things you'll need with our FAFSA checklist.


Big news! You can now sign up to receive text messages from us with important reminders and tools to help you plan and pay for college. Text #MOJ2C to 41411 to receive a couple of texts per month. Standard messaging rates apply.
 
College students
The 2019-20 FAFSA became available Oct. 1. You can file the FAFSA online at fafsa.gov or by using the new myStudentAid app. There are tons of free events planned in Missouri to help you file the FAFSA. Find a FAFSA Frenzy event near you. Since some financial aid is limited, remember to file your FAFSA early - the sooner, the better!

We're starting something new! Sign up to receive text messages from us with important reminders and tools to help you succeed throughout your college career. Text #MOSuccess to 41411 to get a couple texts per month. Standard messaging rates apply.

Meet with your advisor before dropping or withdrawing from a class to discuss how it could affect your full-time status, scholarship money, grade point average, and overall cost of your education. As you enroll in courses for next semester, consider taking at least 15 credit hours to put you on track to graduate on time.

Fall and winter break will be here before you know it! Consider securing temporary employment for those breaks now, or getting a seasonal job a few hours a week to help put extra money in your pockets for the holidays. In the mean time, continue living like a college student to save on costs as much as possible.            
                       
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
Oct. 1
2019-20 FAFSA available
            
Oct. 5
SAT Registration

Oct. 6
SAT Test Date

Oct. 27
ACT Test Date

Nov. 2
ACT Registration

Nov. 3
SAT Test Date
Connect with us
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Online:
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Texting service:
High school seniors - text #MOJ2C to 41411

College students - text #MOSuccess to 41411
Parents
Help your high school students get a better understanding of the types of jobs available. Research careers, potential salaries, and encourage them to job shadow several professions.

If you have a high school senior or college student, they need to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA as soon as possible. The form became available on Oct. 1, and there are nearly 200 FAFSA Frenzy events offered in Missouri to help your family file.

Students need to file the FAFSA to qualify for most forms of financial aid, including scholarships, grants, work-study programs and student loans.

If you have multiple students in college, or one in college and one headed to college next year, each student needs to file a FAFSA. There is a way to transfer some information to the second FAFSA once you've completed the first one - look for those prompts in the application process.

You and your student will both need to have your own FSA ID username and password to sign and submit the FAFSA online. You will also need to provide some 2017 tax information. Use our FAFSA checklist to gather your documents.

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 journeytocollege.mo.gov.


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