An important part of making decisions regarding college is understanding the financial ramifications. All college websites are required to offer a net price calculator that allows you to estimate your financial award at their school.
The following links provide information on college and career planning, financial aid and other related topics:
The Scholarship Foundation 2020-21 Workshops- FAFSA Workshops, Financial Aid Basics, and Decision-Making
College Scorecard- U.S. Department of Education resource to find out about colleges (cost, programs, admissions, results, etc).
Journey to College- Materials offered through the Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development
Mentors for College- We are a nonprofit organization whose volunteers mentor high school students on their college journeys, help increase the reach of high school counselors and help build college-savvy communities.
Mentors for College Presentations- View video or powerpoint presentations related to college planning.
The Higher Education Financial Aid Resources Group- The HEFAR Group is a division of STF Wealth Management dedicated to helping families and individuals plan financially for college. We strive to make college education more affordable for everyone. Our mission is lower your out-of-pocket expense and increase your eligibility for financial aid by helping you qualify for all of the grants, scholarships and other aid you are entitled to. In addition, we create a strategy to help you pay for what costs are left uncovered so that paying for college is not such a heavy burden! The success of our planning services is rooted in the expertise of our team. All of our college planning specialists are highly trained and meet rigorous certification requirements. With us, you can beat the high cost of college by doubling or even tripling your eligibility for financial aid. And the best part is — our service is completely RISK FREE! You just have to take the first step and contact us for help.
Below are links to helpful resources for comparing graduation rates, loan default rates and average debt taken on by students at particular institutions:
Missouri Department of Higher Education: Paying for College. Provides information on many college planning topics including state and federal aid
Wells Fargo College Steps Magazine
Quest Bridge. This website helps connect low income families to financial help to go to college.
Federal Student Aid. General information on the financial aid process from scholarships, to federal aid, to student and parent loans.
ACT Test Prep
AP scores. General Information for sending AP scores to colleges and other helpful information.
College Boards. Find information about specific colleges requirements regarding AP credit for high school classes.
Post-secondary planning is an integral element of the Counseling Department. Here is an overview.