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Monthly Reminder
August 2018
Back to school
The dog days of summer have come and gone, and now it's time to get back to a routine. Start the school year off with goals and expectations for yourself. Use a planner, make to-do lists, and set aside time in your schedule for studying, homework, extra-curricular activities, and catching up with friends.  
High school students
High school is a great time to explore your interests and get a feel for what you want your future to look like. Take classes you might find interesting and explore careers that match your interests.   

If your high school participates in the A+ program, talk to your counselor about meeting the requirements of the scholarship. Using the scholarship could save you a lot of money while you work toward earning a certificate or degree.  

It's never too early to take the ACT or SAT. Register for a test date this fall. Your test scores, paired with your GPA, could be determining factors in college readiness, college acceptance, and scholarship eligibility. If you are worried about the fee associated with taking the ACT or SAT, talk to your high school counselor - you may qualify for a test fee waiver.  
High school seniors
College application season is just around the corner! Set aside time to explore colleges and careers, and research your top five colleges.

Utilize resources from Missouri Connections to see the potential careers available to match your desired lifestyle. If your school doesn't participate in Missouri Connections, log on as a guest.

Make the most of your last year of high school. Set academic and personal goals, and use the senior year checklist to stay on track.            
College students
Move-in day will be here soon! Whether you're a first-year freshman or a returning student, set up a realistic monthly budget to stay on track while you start the new school year. Consider looking at each month, and even the whole semester.

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 in the long run.

If you are a recipient of the Bright Flight or A+ Scholarship, keep in mind that as a renewal student, a 2.5 cumulative GPA is required to continue receiving the award. Be sure you keep these and other renewal requirements in mind throughout the semester, and when considering dropping a course mid-semester.

Important dates
Aug. 10
ACT Registration

Aug. 25
SAT Test Date

Sept. 7
SAT Registration

Sept. 8

ACT Test Date

Sept. 28
ACT Registration

Oct. 5
SAT Registration

Oct. 6
SAT Test Date
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The start of a new school year is a big adjustment for everyone in the family. Help your students get back into a routine. Set expectations, spur discussion about school assignments, and encourage participation in extra-curricular activities. 

Create a college-going culture in your house by talking about the future, setting goals, and help them to explore potential careers.

Saving for college expenses can be made easier by setting up a MOST 529 College Savings Plan.

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

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