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Monthly Reminder
December 2018
Holiday homework
The holiday season is a great time to refocus and get ready for the new year. Just a few more weeks to focus on your studies then you'll be free! Use your extra time off of school this winter to mark some big things off your list.
High school students
Don't let your grades suffer this semester by slacking off these last couple of weeks. Schedule time to study for tests and finish those final projects.

Be sure you're taking the right courses to help you be prepared for college and a career. Look over the recommended courses and consider making adjustments to your schedule in the upcoming semesters to help you achieve your goals.

If you find yourself with some free time this winter, consider job shadowing a few careers that interest you. Check out to explore careers and salary information. If your school doesn't participate or you don't know your login information, login as a guest and get started!
High school seniors
Colleges are busy sending acceptance letters - if you haven't applied yet, now is the time to get those applications in. Use our redesigned College and Degree Search to filter your search options and find your best fit!
The 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, became available Oct. 1. You can file the FAFSA online or by using the new myStudentAid app. There are still some free events planned in December and January to help you file the FAFSA. Find a FAFSA Frenzy event near you and be sure to file before the Feb. 1 Access Missouri Grant priority deadline.

Get your FSA ID before starting the application. See other things you'll need with our FAFSA checklist.

Once you file your FAFSA you will receive a Student Aid Report sent to the email address you used on the form. Here's what else you can expect.

Have you signed up to receive text messages from us with important reminders and tools to help you plan and pay for college? It's easy! Just text #MOJ2C to 41411 to receive a couple of texts per month. Standard messaging rates apply.
College students
The 2019-2020 FAFSA became available Oct. 1, have you filed yet? You can file the FAFSA online at or by using the new myStudentAid app. Find a FAFSA Frenzy event near you for free help.

Be sure to file your FAFSA before the Feb. 1 Access Missouri priority deadline, or your college's FAFSA deadline, whichever comes first.

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.

Look ahead all the way to graduation day. How many courses are you taking this semester? Are you enrolled in the right courses to meet your degree requirements? If you're a full-time student and the track you're on right now doesn't get you to graduation in two years for an associate degree, or four years for a bachelor's degree, consider talking with your advisor and taking at least 15 credit hours to help you graduate on time.
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
Dec. 8
ACT Test Date
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
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High school seniors: text #MOJ2C to 41411

College students: text #MOSuccess to 41411
If you have a high school senior or college student, they need to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid, commonly known as the FAFSA.

Students file the FAFSA to qualify for most forms of financial aid, including scholarships, grants, work-study programs and student loans. College financial aid departments, the state, and federal government use the FAFSA to determine eligibility for financial aid. Some financial aid is limited, so students should file as soon as possible.

You and your student will each need to have your own FSA ID username and password to sign and submit the FAFSA online. Use our FAFSA checklist to gather your documents before getting started.

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

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