I believe that education is the backbone of America. The student loan program allows students and parents to borrow the money necessary to make higher education a reality for so many students in our communities.
Financial Aid for Students
Free information is readily available from:
High school counselors
College and career school financial aid offices (where you plan to attend)
Local and college libraries
U.S. Department of Education Web page
Other Internet sites (search terms student financial aid OR assistance)
Ask questions: counselors may know if you have exceptional circumstances that affect your eligibility.
Be organized: use calendars to keep on track.
Keep copies of all forms and correspondence: you must reapply for aid each year.
Parents of students: save money long before your child attends college.
Congressional Award Program
The Congressional Award is national award program created by Congress to honor young people for being good citizens. It is a nonpartisan, noncompetitive program in which kids ages 14-23 can earn bronze, silver, or gold certificates or medals in four program areas. Often times, activities in which many young people are currently participating can qualify toward this award program. The Missouri Congressional Award Council holds an annual ceremony to honor those participants receiving certificates and medals. There is also an opportunity for gold medalists to attend the national ceremony in Washington, D.C. For more information go to: www.congressionalaward.org