Dual Enrollment Educator Scholarship
The Reach Higher Montana Dual Enrollment Educator Scholarship aims to increase high school students’ access to high-quality dual enrollment opportunities by expanding the number of educators eligible to teach courses for college credit, especially in Montana’s small communities.
Educator currently teaching in Montana, preferably in a high school classified as A, B, or C.
Committed to offering dual enrollment course(s) in current school upon completion of educational requirements (Master’s degree, plus nine graduate credits in content area for General Education Core; additional education as needed for Career and Technical Education courses).
- Up to $5,000 per year, for up to two years.
How to Apply:
- Application opens March 1 and closes April 1. The link will be available when the scholarship is open.
Beth Cooney, Harlowton High School
Cooney teaches math, and is enrolled in the Masters of Teaching School Mathematics at the University of Montana. She also plans to complete requirements to offer dual enrollment courses in History.
Kayla Emard, Reed Point Schools
Emard teaches math, and plans to earn a Master of Science degree in Mathematics Education or Mathematics from Montana State University.
Timothy Kaldahl, Hardin High School
Kaldahl holds a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia University. Kaldahl teaches math, and will use his scholarship to complete two more graduate level courses to complete his qualifications for teaching dual enrollment courses in mathematics. Kaldahl is considering Emporia State University or Chadron State University.
For questions regarding the scholarship, please contact Executive Director, Kelly Cresswell kcresswell@ReachHigherMontana.org.
Dual Enrollment Summit for Educators
Every summer, dual enrollment educators have the opportunity to attend the Dual Enrollment Summit. This summit aims to bring dual enrollment educators from across the state together to share their experiences, discuss strategies for success, and identify evolving trends and best practices for dual enrollment programs. This summit is a great opportunity to hear from others working in the dual enrollment program, build professional contacts from across the state, and earn continuing education units.
How to Register:
Registration opens in the spring. The link will be available when registration opens.
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is an integral part of applying for college, scholarships, work-study, grants, and more. Reach Higher Montana gives you the tools and resources to support your student’s FAFSA needs. Use our information to help your students reach higher!
FAFSA Resources We Love
These resources will help you and your students through the FAFSA process.
- - Start with the FSA ID. Before you can file the FAFSA, you need to have an FSA ID. Both the student and one parent (if student is dependent) need to have their own FSA ID.
- - FAFSA filing starts here. Using your FSA ID, login to FAFSA and start finding money for school! The FAFSA opens October 1, and Montana’s priority filing deadline is December 1. To complete the FAFSA, students and parents will need their tax information from two-years prior to the anticipated start of college.
- - Use the FAFSA 4caster to estimate the amount of federal student aid you may qualify for so you can be prepared to apply for scholarships and other funding opportunities needed to pay for higher education.
- High School Counselor Update - Keep up-to-date with this video provided by Montana Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (MASFAA). The information focuses on Helena, but could be applied to other areas. If you have questions, ask the school's financial aid office.
- - You will have the option to import tax information directly from the IRS into the appropriate fields on the FAFSA using this tool. This could also prevent your FAFSA being selected for verification, which may slow down processing time.
- - You can file your FAFSA from anywhere, even from your phone. There are a lot of great perks to filing from a phone. Download the free myStudentAid app from or the to submit the FAFSA.
- - Get in-depth information about the FAFSA form and what to expect after you submit your application.
- - The National College Access Network (NCAN) has developed social media posts as a fun way to inspire students to get their FAFSAs filed!
Host Your Own FAFSA Night Event
FAFSA Help events bring students and families together to discuss the importance of filing the FAFSA for college. It's not just for student loans - filing the FAFSA is important for scholarships, federal grants, work-study opportunities, and more. Help students and parents learn why the FAFSA matters and how easy it is to file!
- The FAFSA Help Guide – Our guide walks you through every step in executing a successful FAFSA Help event. From timelines to checklists, we've got you covered!
- – College financial aid staff are truly the FAFSA experts! They're a great resource to ask FAFSA questions and to help host your event. No college in your community? Email us at info@ReachHigherMontana.org and we'll put you in touch with a financial aid professional.
Want a well-attended event? Use these templates to promote your own FAFSA Night!
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How to Fill Out the FAFSA