By Tasha Jordan
What are you plans for the summer? What about your plans for college? St. Louis Graduates are here to help for the fifth summer through their High School to College Center. Since 2013, St. Louis graduates hosts the High School to College Center to support students—and those who support them—to facilitate getting ready, getting in and getting through postsecondary education. The Center offers FREE assistance with admissions, financial aid, and other questions you and your support system have about college! You will meet one-on-one with a counselor to talk about your questions—no appointment necessary.
St. Louis Graduates has some tips for you as you navigate getting ready, getting into, and getting through college!
Set a goal.
Do your homework.
Make a plan.
Take the test.
Sign up for the ACT and SAT. Look out for important dates about enrolling ACT/SAT prep courses, and test taking tips.
Make a list.
Identify the schools that you want to apply to. Ask your High School counselor about College Tours offered by organizations in the area! Be sure to create a calendar of deadlines and contact their admissions office and financial aid office to learn about their processes.
Complete the FAFSA.
The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is the form that helps the government determine how much financial aid you might need for your postsecondary education. You will need tax and other information so be sure to file your taxes on time!
Gain information from other tools that will help you once you have enrolled in a postsecondary program. Visit sites such as Missouri Connections and the Illinois Student Assistance Commission for information about planning your career path and financial aid tools to use during college.