SCHOLARSHIP AND GRANT INFORMATION
FAFSA opening October 1st
Students can file a 2017-2018 FAFSA as early as Oct. 1, 2016. This is a permanent change and will allow students to complete their applications before the start of the new year. Beginning with the 2017-2018 FAFSA, students and families will report their 2015 income information. This is a switch from the past when the application required financial information from the previous year. That means most income information should not change from students’ 2016-2017 FAFSA. The most important part is to file as early as possible, as priority deadlines for state-funded programs such as the Access Missouri grant is now Feb. 1, 2017, and Missouri State’s deadline for limited-availability funding was pushed up to match.
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Ten Golden Rules for Winning Scholarships
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- Start Early - Start looking your Junior Year. Many scholarship have early deadlines.
- Speak with your high school counselor or scholarship advisor.
- If you are a volunteer or active in community service, school, or religious group, ask the advisor, sponsor, or benefactor about scholarships.
- Check out online sources.
- Read Application Requirements.
- Follow instructions explicitly.
- Tailor your application essay to the sponsoring organization. Resist sending a standard essay with simple name change.
- Proofread your application carefully - Errors can result in quick denial.
- Be Active - Student leaders and those active in athletics, clubs and community service are more likely to win college scholarships.
- Maintain your GPA - Keep your grades up. A minimum GPA is required for many scholarships. Strong academic performances will make you eligible for more scholarship opportunities.
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