Small Town Times November 2017 - Page 8

EducationQuest Foundation College Planning Bulletin A monthly college planning guide for Nebraska high school students November 2017 ________________________________________________________________ Seniors…a reminder of what to do this fall There’s A LOT going on right now with the financial aid and college admission processes, but don’t get overwhelmed! Here’s a recap of tasks you should complete this fall to stay on track to college. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)  First, create an FSA ID for you and one for a parent at fsaid.ed.gov. You’ll need it to access and sign the FAFSA. Here’s a video with instructions.  Review our FAFSA Checklist so you’ll know what documents to gather before you start the form.  Find free FAFSA Tools at EducationQuest.org to help you through the process.  For free personal help, call EducationQuest to make an appointment: Omaha – 888.357.6300, Lincoln – 800.303.3745, Kearney – 800.666.3721, or Scottsbluff – 800.303.3745, ext. 6654. Apply to your top college choices If you attend one of nearly 200 Nebraska high schools holding Apply2College events this fall, you’ll get help (or already have) with your applications. If not, here are steps you should take to apply. You’ll also find a college application checklist listing everything you need. Retake the ACT and/or SAT. Colleges use your best scores for college admission and scholarships. Get serious about applying for scholarships. See ScholarshipQuest at EducationQuest.org for Nebraska-based scholarships and a list of national search sites. Juniors…start researching colleges If you narrow your college choices by the end of your junior year, your senior year will be less stressful. Here’s how to get started: Review College Profiles at EducationQuest.org for information about colleges in Nebraska and across the country. If you’re interested in an out-of-state school, check out the Midwest Student Exchange Program to learn about tuition discounts. Meet with college representatives who visit your school, and then visit the websites of the colleges that interest you to learn more about the schools. Once you’ve narrowed your choices, schedule campus visits. Try to visit in the spring of your junior year while colleges are still in session. For more tips, see the Selecting a College section at EducationQuest.org. November “To Do” List Seniors…complete these tasks in November to stay on the path to college: ____ Complete the FAFSA. ____ Apply to your top college choices. ____ Register by November 2 for the December 2 SAT. ____ Register by November 3 for the December 9 ACT. Juniors…complete these tasks: ____ Research colleges that interest you. ____ Take a prep course for the ACT college entrance exam. For free help with college planning, contact EducationQuest Foundation: Omaha Lincoln 402-391-4033 888-357-6300 Kearney Scottsbluff 402-475-5222 308-234-6310 800-303-3745 800-666-3721 800-303-3745 ext. 6654 EducationQuest.org Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram! Your Journey to College Begins with Us 8