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September 1-6, 2020 Newsletter

Welcome to Senior Year!

You've made it to 12th grade and your counselors are here to help you create your personal post-secondary plan. Each week you’ll receive a check-in email from your counselor that will also include a link to this WEEKLY Apply2College newsletter. Here we'll share important dates, information, resources and tools for you as you plan for enrolling in college, joining the military, trade school, apprenticeship program, Job Corp, finding a job, or a combination of these.


HINT! Get out your planner and write down the important dates you'd like to remember.


EducationQuest RESOURCES

Finding the Right College walks students through steps to find the right college fit.


Nebraska College Virtual Tours Check out these NEBRASKA colleges without leaving home. Here you will find resources to help you prepare to visit colleges and submit college applications. They include links to virtual campus tours, college application tutorials, and COVID-19 information. (List of colleges at the end of this email)


DATES TO REMEMBER

Friday, Sept. 4 - COLLEGE COLORS DAY! Wear something with your college colors or logo displayed proudly. Take a selfie and tag #CollegeColorsDay


Tuesday, Sept. 22 - ACT Test for SENIORS

This is the rescheduled State ACT assessment that we were supposed to have in the spring. It is in person and optional for seniors to attend. The scores from this test may be used for college entrance.


For seniors wishing to take the ACT additional times, there are tests offered weekly in October at sites around Omaha. Click to Register for the ACT. There you will be able to select your date and location for testing. Registration deadline for October ACT is Sept. 17

Paying for College

SCHOLARSHIPS OF NOTE


Gates Scholarhship

The Gates Scholarship (TGS) is a highly selective, last-dollar scholarship for outstanding, minority, high school seniors from low-income households. Each year, the scholarship is awarded to 300 of these student leaders, with the intent of helping them realize their maximum potential.

Deadline: Sept. 15


Questbridge National College Match

Are you a low-income high school senior who has excelled academically, but feels that the nation’s best colleges are financially out of reach? The QuestBridge National College Match can be your pathway to a top college. Through this college and scholarship application process, you can apply for free to the nation’s best colleges and be considered for early admission and a full four-year scholarship from the college.

Deadline: Sept. 29



FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

The FAFSA Application opens October 1 for the 2021-22 college school year. Below you will find a FAFSA checklist to help you start gathering the information you'll need to complete the application.


Also below, instructions on how to create your FSA ID (Federal Student Aid ID), which you and one parent or guardian will need to have before you can fill out the FAFSA.



Look for MORE Info on PAYING for COLLEGE in October.