Many Missouri high schools host Decision Day events to celebrate their seniors’ plans for college or military service. Although many schools won’t be back in session due to COVID-19, you can still research schools, and celebrate online. Check out a virtual campus tour to “visit” the schools you’re most interested in. 

Decision Day is held each year on or near May 1 – the day most colleges and universities ask that you notify them of your plans to enroll for the fall semester. It’s okay if you aren’t ready to make this decision yet. Talk to your parents, school counselor, teachers, and other trustworthy adults in your life to look at all of your options and complete steps to making a decision before fall. 

Even if your school isn’t participating in Decision Day, you can join the celebration by posting your plans on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter using #MODecisionDay, #IDecided, or #Classof2020.

Once you decide where you will attend college, be sure to complete any requirements necessary to officially enroll by the school’s deadline.

As you finalize plans for college, be sure to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to learn about student financial aid to help you pay for college. If you filed your FAFSA, but haven’t received financial aid information back from the colleges you listed on your form, contact the schools’ financial aid offices. Use the financial aid offers to make a better informed decision on where to enroll.

If you haven’t applied to college or been admitted, it’s not too late. Get started today!

Use this summer checklist to stay on track before heading to college in the fall.