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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.

4. Another resource:  //www.bankrate.com/loans/student-loans/fafsa-deadlines/  

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

Research-Based Evidence on the Importance of Sleep for High School Students

How many hours of sleep is recommended for high school students? What happens to students when they pull an all-nighter? How does consistent good sleep affect mood and physical attributes such as reaction time and thinking skills?  To read the research -based information on these questions, click here.    

Private Scholarship Opportunities for Juniors

1. The  Coolidge Scholarship is for juniors only:https://coolidgescholars.org/
https://coolidgescholars.org/. It is a full-ride, four-year scholarship used by recipients for undergraduate study at any accredited college or university in the United States. 

KC SKC Scholars Traditional Scholarship: https://kcscholars.org/traditional

Applications open from January 1 through February 26.  You will need your  tax information to apply and you will need to calculate your Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) using the College Board EFC:https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/pay-for-college/paying-your-share/expected-family-contribution-calculator#.  If your EFC is at $12,000 or less, annually, and your student meets the other criteria, then you ar
e el
igible to apply.

3. College Board Opportunity Scholarships: https://pages.collegeboard.org/scholarship-opportunities-from-collegeboard  The College Board offers scholarships to juniors and seniors for completing a series of college panning steps without requiring a minimum GPA, application, or essays.

Plus, remember the MO A+ Scholarship: https://dhewd.mo.gov/ppc/grants/aplusscholarship.php.
Although this scholarship is awarded upon high school graduation, it is important to plan ahead. Students need to document their tutoring hours as well as stay on top of their GPA, attendance, and take the ACT, earning a qualifying score in Math to secure this scholarship. In other words, don't wait until your senior year to start working for this scholarship.

College Savings Plan/Matching Program: 9th Graders Only

KC Scholars offers a college savings and matching program for freshmen only each year. Applications open January 1 - February 26.  To learn more visit:  https://kcscholars.org/traditional

The 2022 Midwest Christian College Expo: February 26, 2022

The 2022 Midwest Christian College Expo will be held Saturday, February 26, 2022, at Colonial Presbyterian Church, 9500 Wornall Road, KCMO 64114 from 10 am to noon. This event is free. Over 60 Christian colleges across 15 states will be represented. For more info call 816-524-4522 or email at [email protected]


ACT: LHS School Day Testing will be on March 28, 2023

LHS students will have the opportunity to take the complete ACT (on paper; no writing) at school on March 29, 2022.  The Details and cost will be shared in January 2023.  Freshmen and sophomores will take a preACT test on March 28.

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.


ACT Test Dates  2022-23:  Create an account with MyACT.org

Test Date Registration Deadline Late Registration Deadline
February 12, 2022 January 7, 2022 January 21, 2022
April 2, 2022 February 25, 2022 March 11, 2022
June 11, 2022 May 6, 2022 May 20, 2022
July 16, 2022* June 17, 2022 June 24, 2022
September 10, 2022 August 5, 2022 August 19, 2022
October 22, 2022 September 16, 2022 September 30, 2022
December 10, 2022 November 4, 2022 November 11, 2022
February 11, 2023 January 6, 2023 January 20, 2023
April 15, 2023 March 10, 2023 March 24, 2023
June 10, 2023 May 5, 2023 May 19, 2023
July 15, 2023 June 16, 2023 June 23, 2023

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


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


Early Decision vs. Early Action

Follow this link to help determine if Early Decision or Early Action is right for you:


Revolution Prep: Educational Resources & Summer Gift Card 

Since 2002, Revolution Prep has been supporting school educators all over the world by helping their students build confidence and achieve goals. We have more than 10 years of experience offering live, online learning and offer over 100 academic and test prep subjects, starting at $99 a month (Homework Help).  We offer many scholarships too.  We will match tuition scholarships up to 75%. If you have questions or would like to schedule a free consultation for next steps, please contact [email protected] or 800-99

Follow this link to get your gift card before June 30th! You can also see a flyer here.


Create an account with Edmit

Edmit is a tool that helps with finding a college that is a financial fit for your family. You can learn more about Edmit by visiting this website:  https://www.edmit.me./


Paying for College

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


Walter Morales Scholarship for Urban Education Improvement

One-time award of $5000. The deadline for entry is February 15, 2022, For eligibility and details follow this link: https://waltermoralesscholarship.com/walter-morales-scholarhip/

Concordia Wisconsin: Forward in Faith Lutheran Teacher Scholarship

In addition to The Luther Promise—which provides qualifying undergraduate 6,000 and $20,000, depending on their cumulative GPA and ACT scores, Concordia University Wisconsin is also offering a stackable Forward in Faith Scholarship for future Lutheran teachers. It’s a stackable scholarship (which means it would be added to the Lutheran Promise. Directions on how to apply are on the web link here:  https://www.cuw.edu/admissions/financial-aid/undergraduate/scholarships/lutheran-teacher.html


Elk's  Most Valuable Student Scholarship 2022


College Scholarships for Women


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


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:



Christian Colleges

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


Degrees in Cyber Security

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


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

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 web


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: [email protected] and visit www.CloseUp.org






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