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Monthly Reminder
March 2019
 
Put a little spring in your step
You have just a couple months left in the school year to get your GPA where you want it, and make plans for what's next. Sports and school plays and all the other activities will make the rest of the year go quickly - use the time you have now to get a head start.          
 
High school students
Have you thought about your future career and desired lifestyle? Several free online tools have been created to help you make the best decision for you. Log on to Missouri Connections for tools and interactive games on planning your future. Then check out the new MoSCORES and the re-designed College and Degree Search to find information about opportunities in Missouri. See the education required for certain careers, and find out what the job demand is now and in the future.

If your school participates in the A+ Scholarship program, ask your counselor about meeting the requirements. Using the scholarship can help you save a significant amount of money as you work toward earning a degree or certificate.
            
Sign up for the ACT or SAT this spring. Your score will be used to determine your eligibility for the Missouri Bright Flight program and for scholarships from your potential colleges.
High school seniors
Graduation and Missouri Decision Day will be here before you know it! Use our redesigned College and Degree Search and the new MoSCORES online web tool to find the right career, college and program for you. Use the College Fit Worksheet to compare campus size, distance from home, student services, and other important factors to help you make your final college decision.
                                   
You filed your FAFSA, now what? Compare your financial aid offers using the College Cost Comparison Worksheet, and learn how to be a responsible borrower if you plan to take out any student loans.

If you haven't filed your FAFSA yet, don't hesitate any longer. Talk to your school counselor or the financial aid office at the college you hope to attend if you have questions about filing. File the FAFSA online or by using the new myStudentAid app.
                       
Because college offers a lot of freedom, time management and staying on track can be a struggle. Find out what the number one trait of a successful college student is in this article from Mapping Your Future.

Scholarships are essential to helping you pay for college. Check out Scholarship Central for Missouri-specific scholarships and continue searching and applying!

If you score a 31 or higher on your ACT, you may qualify for the Bright Flight Scholarship. The last approved ACT test date to improve your score is June 8.
 
College students
Internships are a great way to get experience in the real world, and build your resume. Check out this free new website connecting Missouri businesses, colleges, and students. Go to mointernconnect.com to find an internship that's right for you!            

Finances can be tight throughout college, but there are some financial literacy tips and tricks to help you make it through.  
           
As you register for courses, remember to take at least 15 credit hours to stay on track. Use the new Course Transfer Tracker to see your transfer options and to track your progress toward meeting general education requirements.

Don't forget, you need to file your FAFSA each year you plan to enroll in college. If you haven't already, file the FAFSA online at fafsa.gov or by using the new myStudentAid app.
                       
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
March 8
ACT Registration

March 9
SAT Test Date
            
April 5

SAT Registration

April 13
ACT Test Date

May 1
Decision Day

May 3
ACT Registration
          

May 4

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

Instagram:
@journey2college

Online:
JourneytoCollege.mo.gov
           
Texting Service:


High school seniors
: text #MOJ2C to 41411

College students: text #MOSuccess to 41411
Online tools
Missouri College and Degree Search

Course Transfer Tracker

MoSCORES

Missouri Connections

Missouri Student Financial Aid Portal

Scholarship Central

Missouri InternConnect
Parents
Help your high school senior review and compare his or her financial aid offers to make an informed decision about where to attend college. Learn about student loans and tips to being a smart borrower.   
                                     
As a parent, you have a certain amount of influence over your children. Draw connections between learning and real life. Help your kids understand how the things they are learning in school relate to the world. Talk about why it was important for you or someone you know to attend college and talk about plans for the future.

Want to save for your child's education? Learn about the MOST529 plan and the benefits of saving.
      

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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P.O. Box 1469 Jefferson City, MO 65102
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