Small Town Times
College Planning Bulletin
A monthly college planning guide for Nebraska high school students
Wrapping up your senior year
Seniors…stay on track to college by completing these second-semester tasks:
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 pack-
Watch your grades. If you slack off and get poor grades, your college admission could be revoked.
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.
Be aware of deadlines to accept financial aid and college admission offers, submit your housing deposit, and
register for new-student orientation.
Juniors…it’s time to narrow your college choices.
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 early next fall. 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.
Campus visits will help you narrow your choices
Your spring break is a perfect time to visit schools that interest you. Schedule your visits at least two weeks in advance and be
prepared with questions to ask. Find more tips in the “Selecting a College” section at EducationQuest.org.
Check out these college-search resources at EducationQuest.org
“About Nebraska Colleges” provides cost and contact information for Nebraska colleges.
College Profiles has information about colleges in Nebraska and across the country.