EducationQuest Updates for Seniors

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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 January 1 and typically, before April 1 depending on your college’s priority deadline. Colleges will use your FAFSA results to determine how much they will award you in federal, state and college-based financial aid.

To prepare for the FAFSA, take advantage of the following free EducationQuest programs and resources.

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FAFSA Webinars

EducationQuest will conduct free “How to Complete the FAFSA” webinars on the following dates:

 To join the Webinar, click on the link under your desired date. The password is Presentation.

 College Funding Estimator

To estimate your FAFSA results now, use the College Funding Estimator at EducationQuest.org. This program will ask for 2013 income tax information. You may estimate your tax information to complete the Estimator but should use your completed 2013 tax returns when you complete the FAFSA.


 Seniors…have you submitted your college applications?

If you haven’t submitted your admission applications yet, it’s time to get serious! Contact your top college choices to determine application deadlines and procedures. Ask if the admission application is also the application for college-based scholarships. If not, ask about the scholarship application process.


Winning the scholarship game

Follow these tips to increase your chances of earning scholarships:

  • Don’t pay for scholarship searches. Use free resources such as ScholarshipQuest at EducationQuest.org with over 2,000 Nebraska-based scholarships. Free national sites include Fastaid, Scholarship Monkey, ScholarshipExperts.com, School Soup, and Scholarships.com.
  • Place scholarship applications in deadline order. Local awards and college-specific applications deserve top priority because you’re more likely to earn them.
  •  Update your activities, honors, community service or paid jobs using the Activities Resume at EducationQuest.org.
  •  Earn the best possible ACT/SAT scores by taking the exam in the spring of your junior year and again in the fall of your senior year.
  •  Use quality references such as a teacher, coach or counselor. Encourage them to write specific examples of your leadership skills. Give them advance notice and a specific deadline.
  • Tailor your essay to the scholarship.  Ask an English teacher to read your essay and offer advice on making a big impact.  Your essay will need to stand out from other applications.
  • Pay close attention to grammar, spelling and neatness. Ask at least two people to proofread your entire application.

 December “To Do” List

Complete these tasks during Decemberto stay on the right college planning track.

 Seniors:

__ Submit college applications.

__ Estimate your FAFSA results using the College Funding Estimatorat EducationQuest.org.

__ Attend theFinancial Aid Program in your area.

__ Continue to apply for scholarships.

 Juniors

__ Attend theFinancial Aid Program in your area.

__ Search for scholarships.

__ Register by December 27 for the January 25 SAT.

__ Register by January 10 for the February 8 ACT.

For free help with college planning, contact EducationQuest Foundation, LSW students & families are encouraged to make an appointment with Anders Peterson by signing up in the Counseling Center or calling Anders at 402-475-5222.