Small Town Times October 2017 - Page 10

EducationQuest Foundation College Planning Bulletin A monthly college planning guide for Nebraska high school students October 2017 ________________________________________________________________ It’s FAFSA time! Beginning October 1, you and your parents can complete the 2018-19 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). The FAFSA is the application for state, federal, and college-based financial aid. Follow these tips to prepare: Create a Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID for you and one for a parent at fsaid.ed.gov. You and a parent will each need an FSA ID to access and sign the FAFSA. Attend an EducationQuest Financial Aid Program (FAP) to learn about the FAFSA and the financial aid process. If you attend, you’ll be eligible to register for a $500 scholarship! FAPs are happening at high schools across the state. Click here for dates and locations. Review the FAFSA Checklist at EducationQuest.org to determine items you’ll need to complete the FAFSA. See FAFSA Tools at EducationQuest.org for helpful resources. For free personal help, call EducationQuest to make an appointment: Omaha – 888.357.6300, Lincoln – 800.303.3745, Kearney – 800.666.3721, and Scottsbluff – 800.303.3745, ext. 6654. Are you ready to Apply2College? This fall, over 200 Nebraska high schools are holding Apply2College events during the school day to help seniors complete college applications. Whether or not your school is participating, here are tips and resources to help you prepare for the application process. Meet with college reps at upcoming events Talk to representatives from colleges across the state, region and nation during upcoming events. Lincoln Area College Fair, Sunday, September 24, 1:00-3:00 p.m. – Southeast Community College Omaha Area College Fair, Sunday, October 1, 1:00-4:00 p.m. – University of Nebraska at Omaha For more details and a list of participating colleges, see the College Fair article at EducationQuest.org. If you can’t make it to a College Fair, attend an Educational Planning Program (EPP), which is a smaller college fair. See “Upcoming Events” at EducationQuest.org for dates and locations. 10