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Virtual Opportunities to Help with the College Journey

Looking for more college information? Consider attending evening virtual events by registering at this link: https://www.moacac.org/show-me-my-future-student-registration.  Topics include Choosing a College that Fits, Paying for College, A Case for higher Christian Education, and more. Colleges participating include MIZZOU, College of the Ozarks, DePaul, Drake, and many others.
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Tips for Completing the FAFSA

1. October 1st is the first day you can file the FAFSA. It is important to complete the FAFSA as close October 1st as possible. College, state, and private aid deadlines can be earlier than federal aid deadlines. Pay attention to your college(s) financial aid deadline. One parent and the student can create their FSA ID prior to October 1 to be ready for when they file their FAFSA.

2. For more information, click on the free government website Completing the FAFSA. The website has a question-by-question guide to completing the FAFSA.

3. Visit Student Aid on the Web for more information in regards to the FAFSA.

If you have questions about the application, FAFSA on the Web or federal financial aid for students in general, call:

Federal Student Aid Information Center (FSAIC)
800-4-FED-AID (433-3243) / TTY 800-730-8913
Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to midnight Eastern Time
Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern Time
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ACT: General Information

Due to complications with scheduling assessments due to COVID-19, ACT has postponed its original plan to allow students to retake individual sections and then use their best results to Superscore. ACT had planned to implement this test option beginning September 2020.  However, ACT has announced that section retesting will be postponed until a date to be determined later. Students will be required to have completed one full ACT before they are eligible to retake individual sections. Be aware that many, but not all, colleges accept Superscoring. Review the admission requirements of the specific colleges your student is considering by reading from the college website to know if those colleges accept ACT Superscores.

The  December and April ACT testing dates at Saturday national testing centers continue to be the only options when students have the opportunity to order the TRI which means resources come back to the student following testing at a small fee.  Resources include test questions, the student's answers, and the answer key for that test. These materials can be helpful when studying for future ACT testing.
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ACT Test Dates  2020 -21:  Registration opens August 3

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Saturday, October 10, 2020
Saturday, October 17, 2020
Saturday, October 24, 2020
Sunday,  October 25, 2020

For more information, please click here to visit the ACT website. 

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Growing Trend in Test-Optional Colleges

Follow this link to learn more about colleges that are test-optional with regards to the ACT/SAT: http://fairtest.org/2019-best-year-ever-testoptional-higher-ed-admissi
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Early Decision vs. Early Action

Follow this link to help determine if Early Decision or Early Action is right for you:
https://professionals.collegeboard.org/guidance/applications/early

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Paying for College

Follow this website from Sallie Mae to learn basic information about paying for college: https://www.payingforcollegeresource.com/?dtd_cell=SMSCGESCSOSOOTOTOTHOTHRN

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Finding a Job While in High School

Need help finding a job during high school? Follow this link to learn about employment opportunities plus skills such as writing a resume and preparing for an interview: https://www.zippia.com/job-search/high-school-jobs/

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Elk's  Most Valuable Student Scholarship 2021

Class of 2021 students can apply now for national and local scholarships. Apply at www.enf.elks.org/mvs. Deadline is November 15, 2020.

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College Scholarships for Women

https://edubirdie.com/blog/scholarships-for-women
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SwiftStudent: Free online tool to help students apply for financial aid appeal


Has COVID-19 resulted in unexpected financial challenges after your FAFSA submission?  Would you like to request an appeal in your financial aid package? SwiftStudent is a free and secure online tool to help with the financial aid appeal process. Learn about SwiftStudent here: https://formswift.com/swift-student

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Searching for Private Scholarships and Going Merry

Click here to find 6 great options for searching for private scholarships.

Click here to view some of the most frequently used questions for scholarship essays.

Create an account with Going Merry for tips on searching local, state, and national college scholarships as well as suggestions for writing essays:

https://www.goingmerry.com/

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Christian Colleges

Follow these links to research a variety of Christian Colleges: https://christianconnector.com/Christian-colleges-form-SS.cfm
and  https://applicationu.com

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Degrees in Cyber Security

Follow this link to learn more about degrees and careers in Cyber Security:  https://cyberdegreesedu.org/

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Degrees in Health Care Administration Fields

Follow this link to learn more about options in the area of Health Care Administration: https://discoverhealthadmin.org/degree
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Discover Grand Canyon University

Would you like to visit Grand Canyon University? Grand Canyon University offers the "fly-in" two-night program to discover GCU. The goal of the "fly-in" program is to be able to leave GCU with confidence in the direction you want your future to go in. The tour will include the opportunity to learn about your college of interest; identify what degree program you would like to pursue; gain in-depth program information; participate in hands-on activities; tour the campus, and meet current students in your college of interest. 


For more information, please click here to visit the Grand Canyon University website.

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Close Up: Washington DC  High School Programs

Close Up is the nation's premier nonprofit, not partisan civic education organization. Since, 1971, over 900,000 students and teachers have participated in our experiential learning programs. 

Close Up ensures their students will have a safe and memorable trip made possible through their all-inclusive package that includes travel, lodging, 24-hour supervision, and access to medical care as needed.  Close Up is a once in a lifetime opportunity that will inspire students to become active participants in our democracy. 

If your student is interested in applying to Close Up, please contact Keri M. Cook: kcook@closeup.org and visit www.CloseUp.org

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Christian Colleges Fair: Save the Date


Saturday, February 29, 2020
10 am to noon
Colonial Presbyterian Church
9500 Wornall Road, KC MO 64114
Free seminar: Getting the Most Financial Aid

Christian Colleges Fair: Save the Date


Saturday, February 29, 2020
10 am to noon
Colonial Presbyterian Church
9500 Wornall Road, KC MO 64114
Free seminar: Getting the Most Financial Aid