Kern's Counselor Corner

Washington, D.C....for FREE!

Sophomores and Juniors - want to visit Washington, D.C. for FREE? Todd Wadena Electric Cooperative is sponsoring the Youth Tour contest where you can win a 6 day, all-expense paid trip to DC in June. See Mrs. Kern for more information or check out this link:

Copy of December 2018 Scholarships

As of April 1, 2018, Minnesota’s suicide prevention and mental health crisis texting services are now available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. People who text MN to 741741 will be connected to Crisis Text Line. Crisis Text Line handles 50,000 messages per month and over 20 million messages since 2013 from across the U.S., connecting people to local resources in their community. For callers who are the most in distress, average wait times for a response is only 39 seconds.


The FAFSA (FREE Application for Federal Student Aid) may be filled out or submitted after October 1st. BEWARE OF OF PHONY FAFSA WEBSITES!! Use ONLY!


There really is no deadline to apply for the FAFSA. However, the earlier the better. Think of financial aid like a big pot of money – first come, first served and once its gone, its gone. For your best opportunity at getting the most aid possible, it is important to submit your information as early as possible.


Step 1: Go to to create an FSA ID. Both parent AND student need a FSA ID, which is a username and password that allows you to save your information electronically. Be sure to write down your FSA ID username and password as well as any security questions/answers so you can access these in upcoming years.

Step 2: Go to and select "Start Here". The FAFSA will require your tax information from the previous year, social security numbers, and birthdates. It is critical that accurate information is provided on the FAFSA - including full names (not nicknames) - or the FAFSA will process with errors, which will slow down the award process.

Step 3: Keep an eye on your email. After the application has been submitted, you should receive your Student Aid Report (SAR) within a few weeks.


Applying for financial aid can be confusing and sometimes frustrating. You may call the financial aid office at the college you plan to attend to ask questions - they are the professionals and can give you accurate answers. I’m certainly not an expert, but I can also do my best to help you find the answers to your questions. Feel free to call me at 218.837.5101 ext. 217.