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story.lead_photo.caption The California High School graduating class of 2017 sings "Alma Mater" during their graduation ceremonies on Sunday, May 14, 2017. Photo by Gerry Tritz / California Democrat.

Much to the chagrin of many parents, the California High School class of 2019 will soon graduate. This means there is a time of new challenges for graduating seniors and families as they figure out the next step together.

Luckily for those involved, CHS will host a college fair, financial aid night, a "FAFSA Frenzy" and a Senior App and Snack event to guide students through the doors of adulthood.

The first event will be a College Fair and Financial Aid Night, both running Oct. 17. The college fair will take place 5:30-7 p.m. in the CHS Commons and be for students who wish to speak one-on-one with college representatives, financial experts and military recruiters.

Just after the college fair will be Financial Aid Night, which will be at 7 p.m. at the California Performing Arts Center. Here, seniors and parents of seniors can get all the information they need on how to fund impending college careers. A representative from the Missouri Department of Higher Education will provide information on the many choices financial aid offers to help students with any post-secondary plans. Be sure to come to the presentation with questions for the experts to share.

The three main topics that will be covered that night will be:

  • The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Student loans
  • Grants

Following the College Fair and Financial Aid Night will be the FAFSA Frenzy 4-8 p.m. Oct. 18 and 23. This event will help students complete the FAFSA, free of charge. Students are asked to bring their parent and tax information from 2017. Also, participants must obtain a FSA ID from

Then, Oct. 18 will be set aside for students to simply drop in to the counselor's office for any questions they may have concerning college applications. This time is the Senior Apps and Snacks. After questions are answered, students may return to class with a snack in hand.

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