Senior Office Spotlight

Helpful Information from the RayPec Counseling Office

FEBRUARY 2016

It's Time To Start Thinking About FAFSA!

If you have not done so, you need to create your FSA ID- One for parents and one for the student. The FSA ID is the first step in getting your Federal Student Aid processed. Click HERE for a video description of the process, then go to studentaid.gov/fsaid - select 'create FSA ID' and follow the steps. Simple! Be sure that students fill out their own information! Parents may help, but may not do it for them. And then parents, make sure you create yours as well.

Not as familiar with how the FAFSA process works? Check out THIS VIDEO for more information. Want still more information? See a PDF file HERE for a brochure on Federal Student Aid.

FAFSA Frenzy Night

Tuesday, Feb. 16th, 4-6pm

Raymore-Peculiar High School

Need help completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid? Attend a FAFSA Frenzy event on February 16th from 4-6pm at Raymore-Peculiar High School.


This free event will offer students and their parents an opportunity to meet one-on-one with financial aid advisors for assistance in filling out the FAFSA, the first step in applying for federal financial aid.


Plus, students can enter for a chance to win a scholarship for the fall 2016 term at college, university or other post secondary school in Missouri.


To help ensure completion of the FAFSA that evening, please bring tax documents or other financial related paperwork In addition, please make sure that both a parent and student have completed the FAFSA ID prior to the event. https://fafsa.ed.gov/

AP Exam Info from Mr Sclesky

Taking the Advanced Placement exams is an important part of all AP courses. For the 2016 AP exams, students at Raymore-Peculiar HS will be registering online. This year each AP exam costs $92.00. For the class of 2017 and beyond, to get weighted credit in the AP class, students must take the AP exam for that subject. To earn college credit for the class a student needs to score a 4 or 5 on the AP exam. Check with the college you are interested in to determine what the required score is to earn credit.


Online Exam registration will begin on Mon, Feb 8, 2016 at 6:00 AM and ends on Fri, Mar 11, 2016 at 11:58 PM. In order to register, students should click on the link provided on the school website or visit www.TotalRegistration.net/AP/262580 to register. Registration is not complete until students have printed the pdf of the confirmation page that is provided at the end. We strongly recommend that parents and students are both present while registering to ensure that the correct exams are ordered.


Raymore-Peculiar HS is excited to offer families the convenience of paying exam fees online at the time of registration or payment can be mailed in with a check. Please be sure to have a credit card or debit card available before beginning registration if you choose to pay with that method. If you choose the option to pay by check, please follow the instructions on how to submit payment that way by mail and watch the deadline dates carefully.

Here are the important dates for the registration process:

· Mon, Feb 8, 2016 at 6:00 AM - Registration Begins

· Mon, Mar 7, 2016 at 12:00 PM - Registrations and payments after this date will incur an $8 late fee per exam.

· Fri, Mar 11, 2016 at 11:58 PM - Registration Ends

· Mon, Mar 14, 2016 at 11:58 PM - Registrations that have not been paid for will be cancelled and exams will not be ordered.

Please contact Mr. Eric Sclesky, eric.sclesky@raypec.org , if you would like to register for an exam not listed or have any questions.

Best Colleges for the Money- in Missouri

Check out College Factual's website and compare what college is right for you!
Here is a comparison of the Colleges in Missouri

You can look at a few pages easily and then they will ask you to sign up with just an email and password. After that you will have full access to a great tool to compare Colleges and Universities nationwide based on a large amount of different criteria.

MCC Senior Day

Monday, Feb. 15th, 9am

MCC-Longview Education Center

Senior Day 2016

It's your senior year! Come experience student life at MCC-Longview. You will enjoy the opportunity to meet faculty, students, and staff to learn about available resources, academic programs, and transfer opportunities.

The event will include a faculty panel, campus tours, strategies for college success, and optional break-out sessions regarding financial aid/A+, applying for admission, and one-on-one sessions for personalized enrollment assistance.

Morning Session: 9am-1:30pm
Evening Session: 6-8:30pm

For more information and to RSVP call the

Admissions Office at 816.604.2515

Cottey College Summer Workshop June 19-24 2016

For more information: www.cottey.edu/workshop
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MCC College Visit Days

See the schedule below for upcoming events at Metropolitan Community College!
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MO Southern State- Preview in the KC Area

Wednesday, Feb. 24th, 6:30-8pm

10901 Blue Parkway

Kansas City, MO

Southern Preview is an event for prospective students and families to learn about MSSU and what they have to offer.

Learn about their admissions process, scholarships, financial aid, academic programs, student activities and MUCH MORE!

If you want to explore the exciting possibilities that MSSU has to offer, this is the day for you.

See you in Kansas City!


RSVP - by calling 417.499.0059or by going HERE

College Reps Coming

Here is a list of the Colleges that will be visiting this month. If your student would be interested in visiting with a College Rep, they need to come into the Senior Office and sign up BEFORE the day of the visit. Passes will be distributed only to those students who sign up ahead of time. Students may also sign up at: http://rpseniors.weebly.com/visit-with-a-college-rep.html

2/8 Columbia College 10:30am

2/9 Marines, Lunch Visit- no sign up needed

2/9 Missouri State 1pm

2/10 Army Reserves, Lunch Visit- no sign up needed

2/10 MidAmerica Nazarene 1pm

2/11 MCC-Longview 1pm

2/12 Emporia State 9:30am

2/16 Army National Guard, Lunch Visit- no sign up needed

2/17 Pitt State 1pm

2/18 Navy, Lunch Visit-no sign up needed

2/24 Truman 1pm
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Senior Timeline

January – February-Apply for Scholarships

___ File your taxes ASAP; the FAFSA becomes live on January 1. Make sure you created your Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID.

___ Submit your FAFSA as soon as you can whether you think you qualify for aid or not. This is important for scholarship and financial aid programs, and many awards are on a “first come first serve basis.” The FAFSA is one of the requirements for the A+ program. The Missouri deadline for the FAFSA is April 1. GO TO: www.fafsa.ed.gov

___ Keep copies of all FAFSA information for your file.

___ Attend the FAFSA FRENZY in February. Staff members and experts will help you file your FAFSA. For more information and details go to http://dhe.mo.gov/ppc/fafsa_completion.php or www.RPSeniors.weebly.com select 'College Financial Aid' and then 'FAFSA Frenzy'.

___ Plan, prepare, and take ACT/SAT in the spring. If you have already taken the ACT several times, visit with your counselor and your parents to decide if it is appropriate for you to take in the Spring.

___ Continue to apply for scholarships listed on the RP Seniors page under the Scholarships tab.

___ Don’t let ‘senioritis’ interfere with your post-secondary goals! Stay strong and work hard throughout the second semester.