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September 2019 Counselor Corner Character is what you are when no one is watching! ACT Test Dates Registered for September 14th national ACT test? See Mrs. Poland for preparation materials. Fall ACT test dates are October 26th; registration deadline of September 20, and December 14th; registration deadline of November 8th. Go to www.act.org to register. Some students may qualify for an ACT fee waiver. Please have your student contact Mrs. Poland to inquire. Seniors, remember to use the John Baylor OnToCollege website to review for your ACT test. Juniors, we are on a roll starting with OnToCollege with John Baylor. Review materials. Apply 2 College day (sponsored by Education Quest) at our school will be held on Tuesday, September 10, 2018. Volunteers to help seniors apply to colleges will be appreciated. Please contact Mrs. Poland if you would like to assist in this exciting event. Scholarships There is a scholarship opportunity for students taking dual-enrollment college courses. Students participating in dual-enrollment college courses or early admit programs, are encouraged to apply or the Access College Early (ACE) Scholarship if they show financial need. This state and federally-funded scholarship will pay tuition and mandatory fees at participating Nebraska colleges. Applications will be reviewed by Nebraska’s Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education (CCPE). If you have questions, contact myself or Ritchie Morrow, Fi- nancial Aid Coordinator, CCPE, ritchie.morrow@nebraska.gov or 402.471.0032. For local and state scholarships, visit Scholarship Quest at EducationQuest.org. It is never too early to begin searching for scholarships as well as making your list of strengths, volunteer activities, and other notable charac- teristics about yourself. Parents and students can learn about current test prep and college counseling topics from OnToCollege Show and OnToCollege blog. ● Tune in to a growing number of radio/TV stations in Nebraska. ● Subscribe to the OnToCollege Show newsletter ● Listen to the weekly segments as podcasts via iTunes ● Read blog articles for more ways to graduate with minimal debt. Prepare for the FAFSA with free programs and resources If you’re a senior, it’s time to start preparing for the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). You’ll complete the form after October 1 and typically, before April 1 depending on your college’s priority deadline. Col- leges will use your FAFSA results to determine how much they will award you in federal, state and college-based financial aid. The following Education link will help you learn more about the financial aid process and the FAFSA http://www.educationquest.org Kearney office 308-234-6310. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter! Education Quest’s Financial Aid Night (Juniors/Seniors and parents) will be held on Monday, Sep- tember 16, 2019 in the High School Library beginning at 6:30 P.M. This will be distance learning but Education Quest specialists will be on the other end ready to answer questions. They take students and parents through application processes, the FAFSA form, as well as answer any general questions. Please RSVP with Mrs. Poland so she can plan supplies and snacks. Juniors and Seniors: We will be attending a college fair at Kearney High School on Tuesday, September 24, 2019. Here you will be able to meet with multiple college representatives to begin or continue your college search. Mrs. Poland has conversations starters to take with you. NAME: Susan Poland SCHOOL: Litchfield Public Schools CLASS: PreK-12 School Counselor SCHOOL PHONE: (308)-446-2244 ext 204 Email: susan.poland@litchfieldps.org 3 Website: https://sites.google.com/a/litchfieldps.org/mrspoland/