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 awards.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 package.
Watch your grades.If you slack off and get poor grades, your college admission could be revoked.
Apply for scholarships. See ScholarshipQuestat EducationQuest.orgto find Nebraska-based scholarships. You’ll also find links to national scholarship sites that are EducationQuest-approved.
Make your final college selection. Notify the other colleges so they can take you off their mailing list.
Be aware of deadlinesto 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. You’ll get help with your applications if your high school holds a college application event as part of the statewide Apply2College campaign.
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” sectionat EducationQuest.org.
You’ll also want to check out these college-search resources at EducationQuest.org:
- “About Nebraska Colleges” provides cost and contact information for Nebraska colleges.
- College Profileshas information about colleges in Nebraska and across the country.
Go on a scavenger hunt and you might win $500 for college
Apply by March 31for EducationQuest’s $500Scavenger Hunt Scholarship. Here’s how it works:
1. If you haven’t already, complete a profile in ScholarshipQuestat EducationQuest.org. ScholarshipQuestis a scholarship search tool with over 2,000 Nebraska-based awards.
2. If you’re a Nebraska resident in grades 9-12, you’ll see the EducationQuest Scavenger Hunt Scholarshipas one of the scholarships you’re eligible to apply for.
3. “Scavenge” around the EducationQuest website to find answers to questions in a survey.
EducationQuest will draw a winner from those who answer all questions correctly. The winner will receive $500 to invest in a NEST 529 College Savings Planaccount.
March “To Do” List
___ If you haven’t already, complete your FAFSA!
___ Expect financial aid award notifications.
___ Continue applying for scholarships.
___ Registerby March 8 for the April 13 ACT.
___ Registerby April 5 for the May 4 SAT.
___ Schedule campus visits.
For free help with college planning, contact EducationQuest Foundation:
Omaha Lincoln Kearney Scottsbluff
402-391-4033 402-475-5222 308-234-6310 800-303-3745 ext. 6654
888-357-6300 800-303-3745 800-666-3721
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