Senior Family Meeting & Financial Aid Night

The Senior Family Meeting and Financial  Aid Night will be held on Wednesday, August 24th @ 6:30 PM. Important new FAFSA info for seniors and families will be included in EducationQuest‘s Financial Aid Presentation. Seniors and their families are encouraged to attend this meeting to learn how the Prior Prior FAFSA deadline will affect your college application and financial aid process.


United States Senate Youth Program

Nebraska Senators Deb Fischer and Ben Sasse announced that the United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) has begun its annual statewide selection process. The two Nebraska students will join 102 other delegates March 4 —11, 2017 for the program’s 55th annual Washington Week.

The USSYP was created by Senate Resolution 324 in 1962 as stated in supporting Senate testimony from that year, “to increase young Americans’ understanding of the interrelationship of the three branches of government, the caliber and responsibilities of federally elected and appointed officials, and the vital importance of democratic decision making not only for America but for people around the world.”

More than 5,500 students have participated in this unique leadership program which brings two students from each state, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity to Washington each year to experience an intensive week-long educational program about the workings of the Senate and the federal government overall. USSYP is sponsored by the Senate and fully funded by The Hearst Foundations — no government funds are utilized. Each of the 104 student delegates will receive a $10,000 undergraduate college scholarship in addition to the all-expenses paid trip to the nation’s capital.

Senator Roger F. Wicker of Mississippi is serving as the 2017 USSYP Republican Co-Chair and Senator Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota is serving as the 2017 USSYP Democratic Co-Chair.  The Senate majority and minority leaders and the vice president annually serve as the program’s Honorary Co-Chairs.

In addition to outstanding leadership abilities and a strong commitment to volunteer work, the student delegates generally rank academically in the top one percent of their states among high school juniors and seniors.  Alumni of the program continue to excel and develop impressive qualities that are often directed toward public service. Among the many distinguished alumni are: Senator Susan Collins, the first delegate to be elected U.S. senator; Senator Cory Gardner, the second alumnus to be elected U.S. senator and the first to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives; New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, the first delegate to be elected governor; former Chief Judge Robert Henry, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit; former Ambassador to West Germany Richard Burt, and former presidential advisors Thomas “Mack” McLarty and Karl Rove.  Additional notables include former Lt. Governor of Idaho David Leroy, former president of the Progressive Policy Institute Robert Shapiro, military officers, members of state legislatures, Foreign Service officers, top congressional staff, healthcare providers and university educators.

The student delegates will visit Capitol Hill, the White House, the Pentagon, the State Department, the Supreme Court and other historic sites in Washington. The agenda routinely includes meetings with senators, the president, Cabinet secretaries, a justice of the Supreme Court, senior members of the national media and other policymakers.

The delegate selection is administered by each state’s chief school officer in cooperation with high school principals. Delegates must be juniors or seniors and elected student officers for the 2016-2017 academic year, and they must reside in the state where they attend school.  Eligibility considerations may also be made for student representatives elected or selected (by a panel, commission or board) to district, regional or state-level civic or educational organizations where the delegate is serving a constituency in a high-level leadership position for the entire 2016-2017 academic year.

Names of students selected will be formally announced mid-December. Interested students can find more information and the download an application at:

Questions about the program can be sent to the state-level selection administrator indicated below:

Mr. Harris C. Payne
Social Studies Specialist
Nebraska Department of Education
(402) 471-2449

The United States Senate Youth Program received notification that the Nebraska selection deadline is: October 06, 2016.

The 2017 program brochure with detailed rules, selection process and the annual yearbook may be accessed on the USSYP website

EducationQuest’s College Planning Bulletin

Seniors…it’s time to prepare for the early FAFSA!

Beginning October 1, you can apply for federal, state and college-based financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This is a change from previous years when students had to wait until after January 1 to apply.

Here’s how you can prepare:

  • Create a Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID for you and one for a parent at You and a parent will each need an FSA ID to access and sign the FAFSA.
  • Be aware of your college’s FAFSA priority date. Complete your FAFSA before that date as some financial aid is awarded first come, first served. Contact your college’s financial aid office to learn their priority date.
  • 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 will be held at high schools across the state. Click here for dates and locations.
  • See FAFSA Tools at for free tools that will help you prepare. For free personal help, schedule an appointment to visit with Anders Peterson at LSW on Thursdays throughout the school year. To make an appointment, please check in with Mrs. Way at the Counseling Center.

Attend a College Fair this fall!

This fall, EducationQuest will sponsor five College Fairs across the state. Before you attend, visit to register for a barcode. Print the barcode and take it to the fair so that college reps can scan it. You should also register for a barcode if you plan to attend an Educational Planning Program (see article below).

2016 College Fairs

 Lincoln Area College Fair, Sunday, October 9, 1:00-3:00 p.m. – Southeast Community College

Omaha Area College Fair, Sunday, October 16, 1:00-4:00 p.m. – University of Nebraska at Omaha

 For more details and for a list of colleges that will participate in each fair, see the College Fair article at Visit to register for a barcode. Print the barcode and take it to the event so that college reps can scan it.

Senior students and parents…start preparing for college admission!

Admission deadlines will start hitting later this fall. Follow these steps to stay on track:

  1. Contact your top colleges and ask about application deadlines for admission, college-based scholarships and financial aid.
  2. Visit with college representatives at College Fairs, Educational Planning Programs, during campus visits, and when they visit your high school.
  3. Apply to your top 3-4 colleges before the deadline. Along with your application, the colleges will require your high school transcript, class rank, GPA and ACT/SAT score. They may also request a list of your extracurricular activities, letters of recommendation, an essay, and an interview.
  4. Ask if your school is holding an Apply2College event this fall. If so, you can complete your college applications during the school day and get help from school, college and community volunteers.

September “To Do” List

Juniors and seniors … complete these college planning tasks during September:

__ Seniors, create an FSA ID for you and one for a parent at

__ Juniors and seniors, attend a Financial Aid Program.

__ Juniors and seniors, attend a College Fair or Educational Planning Program (EPP) in your area.

__ Before you attend a College Fair or EPP, register for a barcode at

__ Seniors, register by September 1 for the October 1 SAT.

__ Seniors, register by September 16 for October 22 ACT.

__ Juniors, ask your school counselor about PSAT registration deadlines and test dates.

UNK Admissions

The online admissions application for UNK launched on August 1 and is available to students now.  This application will be used by students who will graduate in 2017.  Students now have the option to self-report their high school coursework, GPA, class rank and test scores.  Your students can conveniently upload their transcript either in PDF or TIFF format directly into the application for admission.  If you do not upload a transcript, they will manually enter their coursework – both completed and in-progress.  Also, when applying for admission to UNK, students can also choose to share their application with UNL, UNO, and the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis.

The UNK Admissions Office will require an official (final) copy of the transcript after the student graduates in addition to an official ACT/SAT scores sent directly from the testing agency.

Hispanic Latino Summit

This year’s Summit will be held on October 24, 2016, in Kearney, Nebraska at the Younes Conference Center. The 2016 Summit purpose is to provide information for students on the importance of graduating and how to graduate career or college ready. This event is limited to the first 600 registrations.

To register for this event and to apply for a $500 scholarship, please visit