Friday, February 9, 2018

Journey to College

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

Monthly Reminder
February 2018
Spring fever
You may be going a little stir crazy as you wait for spring to arrive. Don't let winter get you down. Take advantage of extra time indoors to work on college and career planning. America Saves Week is coming up, Feb. 26 - March 3. Follow along on social mediafor tips about saving money for college and during college. 
High school students
College is a major commitment of time and money, but earning a degree or certificate can offer many benefits throughout your life. Start planning now.
   • Research degree programs and colleges.
   • Take the right courses in high school.
   • Consider job shadowing or summer internships.
   • Take the ACT or SAT.
   • Start saving now for college-related expenses.
High school seniors
If you haven’t filed your 2018-19 FAFSA yet, make it a top priority. Your FAFSA should be filed by the Access Missouri final deadline of April 2Eligible students who apply between Feb. 1 and April 2 will be awarded if funds are available. The sooner you file, the better! 

It's not too late to apply to college. Now is the time to finalize your plans for after graduation. Be sure tocompare the schools you're considering in order to find your best fit.

Scholarships are still available. Thousands ofscholarships go unclaimed each year simply because no one applies. Take advantage of opportunities to help pay for college and avoid taking on debt.          
College students
You should file a FAFSA every year you plan to enroll in college to be eligible for most financial aid. File your 2018-19 FAFSA before your school’s FAFSA deadline, or the April 2 Access Missouri final deadline, whichever comes first. Some financial aid is limited, so file as soon as possible.

Time is money – the more time you spend in college, the more your expenses rack up. Think 15 to Finishas you work toward your degree.

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.

Important dates
Feb. 9
SAT Registration 

Feb. 10
ACT Test Date

March 9
ACT Registration 

March 10
SAT Test Date

April 2
Access Missouri Final FAFSA Deadline

April 6
SAT Registration

April 14
ACT Test Date
Connect with us
Follow Journey to College on social media for daily planning and paying for college tips and reminders.



Your high school senior or current college student should complete the 2018-19 FAFSA as soon as possible. The FAFSA determines eligibility for federal, state, and some college financial aid.

Help foster a college-going culture in your household. Talk regularly about possible careers and the education it takes to achieve those goals. Start saving now and encourage your child to seek out scholarships throughout high school and college.           

Missouri Department of Higher Education
P.O. Box 1469 Jefferson City, MO 65102
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