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Beginning in ninth or tenth grade, help your student explore his or her interests, related occupations, related majors and certifications, and schools that match, using Missouri Connections (http://missouriconnections.org/).
Attend college fairs. Spend plenty of time researching the websites of the colleges and universities your student is interested in. You can compare them side by side in Missouri Connections, contrasting such things as size, cost, average financial aid, retention rates, graduation rates, and many other factors.
Visit every college campus that your student is thinking about applying to. Take the tour, talk to students as well as college representatives. Make a list of questions before you go, and ask them. Meet the people in the financial office and, if possible, a professor in the major your child is interested in. Note special scholarships and important dates. Take lots of notes.
When you are doing your research, keep your search broad. Don’t rule things out that you haven’t even looked at. Besides four-year schools, consider community colleges, tech schools, and military options.
By the beginning of the senior year, students should have narrowed their list of schools to no more than three or four that they will actually apply to. In general your student should complete applications during the first semester, although in some cases it’s important to have applications completed by December 1, November 1, or even earlier.
At a minimum, your student should plan to take the ACT in April of the junior year and again in December of the senior year. Consider having them take the ACT test-taking strategies workshop that we bring to NCCS every year in March, or another ACT prep course.
The senior year is the time to search for scholarships. This takes lots of time and work, and your student will likely already have the busiest schedule of his life, so far. As a parent, you can help with researching to find scholarships for your student to apply to, and even to help in some cases with the application process.
Plan ahead to be prepared to complete the FAFSA as soon as possible after the new year begins. Come to the FAFSA Workshop NCCS will sponsor in the fall for up-to-date information and answers to your questions. It must be completed before April 1 to qualify for state aid.
Schedule a time to come and visit with me. The more I know about your goals for your son or daughter, the better position I am in to provide information that might help you.
Surrender your children to the Lord, as you would your own life. Build a partnership with them. Tell them your own stories, model your own faith to them, introduce Jesus to them through your own life, and bring them before the Lord every day in your prayers for his protection and guidance.