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EducationQuest Foundation College Planning Bulletin

A monthly college planning guide for Nebraska high school students
March 2017
Wrapping up your senior year
Seniors … stay on track for college by completing these second-semester tasks : � Watch your grades . If you slack off and get poor grades , your college admission could be revoked . � Complete the financial aid process . By now , you should have filed your FAFSA ( Free Application for Federal Student Aid ). If you haven ’ t , apply at fafsa . gov .
� Compare financial aid award notifications . The colleges you listed on your FAFSA will send you notifications detailing the financial aid they ’ re offering . Compare the notifications to determine which school provides the best package .
� Apply for scholarships . See ScholarshipQuest at EducationQuest . org to find Nebraska-based scholarships and a list of national scholarship sites
� Make your final college selection . Notify the other colleges so they can take you off their mailing list .
� Pay attention to deadlines . Be aware of deadlines to accept financial aid and college admission offers , housing deposit , and new-student orientation .
Juniors … why you should narrow your college choices now Narrow your college choices soon to prepare for these upcoming activities :
� ACT college entrance exam . When you take the exam this spring , you ' ll be asked to provide a list of colleges that should receive your score .
� Completion of the FAFSA ( Free Application for Federal Student Aid ). You and your parents can complete the FAFSA beginning October 1 of your senior year . The colleges you list on the form will receive the results .
� Apply2College Campaign . Early next fall , it will be time to apply to your top college choices . Many high schools will participate in the Apply2College campaign during which seniors get help during the school day with college applications .
College fairs happening across the state EducationQuest is sponsoring five college fairs this spring . These free events provide an opportunity for juniors to narrow their college choices , and for seniors to make their final college decision . Lincoln Area College Fair - Sunday , March 19 , 1-3 p . m ., Southeast Community College Grand Island Area College Fair – Sunday , March 26 , 1-3 p . m ., Pinnacle Bank Expo Center Scottsbluff Area College Fair – Sunday , April 2 , 1-3 p . m ., Western Nebraska Community College Omaha Area College Fair – Sunday , April 9 , 1-3 p . m ., University of Nebraska Omaha Sapp Fieldhouse
Before you attend , register for a barcode at NebraskaCollegeFairs . org . Print the barcode ( or download it to your smartphone ) and take it to the fair . College reps will scan it to retrieve your demographic information – and you won ’ t have to complete their information cards .