Getting College Ready with St. Louis Graduates

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!

  1. Set a goal.

  2. Do your homework.

  3. Make a plan.  


  1. 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.


  1. 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.  


  1. 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.  


To find more information, visit:

If you have questions:
E-mail us at OR
Call: (314) 932-6956

Location:  618 N. Skinker Blvd. in the Delmar Loop

Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays ONLY
June 1st through July 27th
Open 10 AM to 4 PM

Other College Access Programs

The St. Louis region has various college access programs available to students through schools and in the community.  The following links can help you connect to some of these programs to get you college ready!

College Bound St. Louis
Missouri College Advising Corps
The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis
Wyman Center
UMSL Bridge Program


Stay tuned and be on the lookout  for OTM social media for more information during our #careercollegethursday.