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06/02/17
The High School to College Center is now open for summer 2017! If you have questions about college - admissions, financial aid, FAFSA - we can help. Experienced counselors from area middle schools, high schools, colleges and non-profits are on site...
05/09/17
St. Louis Graduates High School to College Center opens for a fifth summer June 1st! Drop in for free advising on college transition questions. Need help with financial aid, admissions, orientation, course registration - or just figuring out what to...
04/28/17
St. Louis Graduates and St. Louis Regional Chamber have launched a new online, interactive tool to enable educators, community partners and other to delve into degree competion data and look at it by race, income, county and more. The St. Louis...
04/28/17
St. Louis Graduates commissioned a new report released by Illinois Education Research Council. Degrees With Less Debt: Effective Higher Education Strategies for Underrepresented Student Populations used a ranking methodology to identify institutions...
10/01/16
This year, students applying to college for the fall of 2017 will be able to start the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) beginning on October 1st. The FAFSA process is now better timed to the college admissions process, giving students...
08/16/16
St. Louis Graduates Co-chair Alan Byrd, Jr., dean of enrollment services at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, recently shared with members of the National College Access Network his thoughts on supporting student transition from high school to...
06/06/16
The St. Louis Graduates High School to College Center opened June 1st for its fourth summer. Located in the Delmar Loop at 618 N. Skinker, the High School to College Center connects recent high school graduates with an experienced college counselor or...
03/30/16
St. Louis area students with college questions will once again have a place to turn this summer. The High School to College Center will open June 1st to answer student questions about financial aid, admissions, finding the right college or getting...
03/24/16
The following is by Beth Tankersley-Bankhead, Director of Postsecondary Initiatives at Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, and first appeared on the Foundation's EdInsight blog. The collaborator's serenity prayer is to have the "courage...
02/18/16
Nearly 400 people from 75 cities across the U.S. were in St. Louis last week to discuss effective and equitable collaborative strategies for increasing degree completion. Lumina Foundation selected St. Louis to host the Community Partnership for...
07/22/15
Have you heard about the High School to College Center on the radio? Center interns Daisha and Kendric recorded radio spots to tell other students about the help they received at the High School to College Center! Spots are running on Old School 95...
07/22/15
St. Louis Graduates is receiving a significant boost to its advocacy efforts on behalf of low-income and first-generation students thanks to a three-year, $240,000 grant from TG Philanthropy.   The Texas-based nonprofit is supporting the...
06/17/15
If you wonder what it is like at the High School to College Center, click here to watch a video of interviews with students, counselors and key partners! Thanks to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for producing it. And for the article on the front cover...
06/09/15
Accessing federal financial aid requires first completing the FAFSA, the free application for federal student aid. The FAFSA is also required by many colleges, scholarship and interest-free loan programs to assess your financial need. Following are...
06/05/15
The Missouri Department of Higher Education is in the process of developing its next coordinated plan for state higher education. The plan seeks to strengthen four components of higher education: Accessibility Affordability Quality...
05/29/15
Bring the kids and enjoy free food and family fun at Deaconess Foundation's Children at the Center event Saturday, June 20 at Jackie Joyner Kersee Center in East St. Louis, IL. In addition to lots of activities, the event provides parents with...
05/20/15
Free professional college counseling and financial aid advice is available this summer for students with last minute questions before they head to college - or high school graduates who need help navigating the path to postsecondary education. The...
04/08/15
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02/26/15
Alan Byrd, Dean of Enrollment Services at University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL), and Allison Williams, Senior Vice President-Programs at Wyman, were announced today as the new co-chairs of St. Louis Graduates. Byrd and Williams will transition into...
02/26/15
St. Louis is pleased to join Lumina Foundation's 75-city community attainment network designed to help communities and regions dramatically increase the number of local residents with postsecondary credentials. St. Louis was invited to be part of...
01/27/15
St. Louis Graduates is a collaborative network created to increase the proportion of low-income students in the St. Louis area who earn a postsecondary degree. An article in the National Civic Review, the journal of the National Civic League, documents...
07/14/14
This summer the High School to College Center has three student interns helping other students as they transition to college. Jazmin, Daisha and Derion wrote a commentary for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch about their experience at the High School to...
07/04/14
Are you a recent high school graduate with questions about transitioning to college? Help is here! This summer, meet with experienced college counselors and financial aid advisers at the High School to College Center, 618 N. Skinker in the Delmar...
06/18/14
Have questions about your financial aid award letter? Need to finalize your housing arrangements? Just starting to apply to college?  Wherever you are in the college enrollment process, counselors at the St. Louis Graduates High School to...
04/25/14
Help us let graduating high school seniors know they can get FREE college counseling and financial aid advice this summer at the St. Louis Graduates High School to College Center! The Center will once again be located in the Delmar Loop and will be...
02/20/14
St. Louis Graduates advocates for policies and programs that support ALL students in pursuit of a postsecondary degree. One of the things most important to students is access to financial resources. Need-based financial aid is critical for students...
02/18/14
Making the transition from high school to college is not easy. It's not uncommon for high school students who at graduation intend to enroll in postsecondary education have their plans go astray. The reasons for this "summer melt" vary,...
01/29/14
St. Louis Graduates exists to connect St. Louis area students to resources that help them enter college and complete a degree. We are always looking for partners who can help students know about the free resources we provide, as well as ways we can...
01/29/14
The FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. It is used by state and federal agencies to assess financial need and eligibility for funding including the federal Pell grant and the Access Missouri program. Many scholarship and interest-...
01/09/14
The following scholarship and interest-free loan programs are now accepting applications through Scholarship Central. Limited information about them is listed below. Please review detailed eligibility requirements online before applying. Deadline...
10/15/13
The National College Access Network recently held its annual conference in Nashville, Tennessee and presented its four annual awards for excellence. The big winner? Students in St. Louis! Two of the four awards were presented to St. Louis leaders in...
07/20/13
I am a graduate of Kirkwood Senior High School. I will be attending Southeast Missouri State University in the fall. From the beginning the whole college thing was not my forte. I struggled with so many things because I didn’t know how to...
07/18/13
Simone Bernstein was an inspired twelve-year-old with a dream.  Now, she’s one of Glamour's Top Ten College Women and an esteemed member of the 2013 Forbes 30 under 30 list.  A St. Louis native, Simone grew up in Clayton and...
07/14/13
While the High School to College Center exists to help students make the transition from high school to college, students aren't the only ones who benefit from the Center. Counselors who come to the Center have learned a great deal - from the...
06/26/13
I'm a graduate of Clyde C. Miller Career Academy. I will be attending Howard University in the fall.   In my efforts to fully understand my financial aid, I visited the St. Louis Graduates High School to College Center. When visiting...