Counselor's Corner

September 2021

College Planning for Seniors

This year Education Quest is offering free monthly webinars for seniors and families to help students prepare for college. Below is August's Senior College Planning Webinar. This is a great resource and breaks down what seniors should be doing this year to prepare for college.

Here are the top 3 things seniors should be doing this month:

1. Start applying to your top college choices. Visit the college's website to begin the application process.

2. Attend a College Fair. If you missed the Cuming County College and Military Fair, check out this list to register for upcoming College Fair opportunities.

3. Start exploring and applying for scholarships. Use the Wisner-Pilger Scholarships List to search for scholarships. Make sure you are logged into your school Google account to access the list. Explore scholarship opportunities on college websites and make note of important scholarship due dates.

Senior College Planning


The Scholarship List

Many scholarships are currently open and students should be starting to search and apply for scholarships! Scholarship information for Wisner-Pilger students can be found here: Wisner-Pilger Scholarship List. Students must log in with their school Google account to view the list.

Please note that there are three tabs at the bottom:

  • The first is for national, state and regional scholarships. Many of these are open and some have due dates starting in October!
  • The second tab is for Wisner-Pilger scholarships. The applications for these scholarships will be released in February.
  • The last tab links to scholarship pages for specific colleges.

ACE Scholarship

The Access College Early (ACE) Scholarship pays the tuition and mandatory fees for an eligible student to take a dual-enrollment or concurrently enrolled college course. Eligibility is income-based. Any students taking dual credit who think they may qualify should see Mrs. Reese.

Upcoming Events

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Opens!

The FAFSA opens on October 1st. All senior students and their parents will need to fill out the FAFSA. The U.S. Department of Education uses the FAFSA to determine your eligibility for federal student aid, including low-cost loans, grants, and work-study. The FAFSA may also determine your eligibility for state and school aid as well.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Tutorials

Education Quest is offering a webinar that includes a walk through of the FAFSA application process and addresses commonly asked questions. This is a virtual event. This webinar is beneficial for parents of seniors who may need help filling out the FAFSA or are filling it out for the first time. Parents can register using the link below.

This webinar is offered during the following times:

October 6th @ 6:30 pm

October 7th @ 6:30 (Spanish)

October 8th @ 1:00 pm

October 14th @ 7:00 pm

October 18th @ 6:30 pm

October 19th @ 7:00 pm (Spanish)

October 27th @ 6:30 pm

9th Grade Campus Visit

On September 22nd, the 9th grade class will have the opportunity to visit Wayne State College for a campus tour. Students will also attend a planetarium show at the Fred G. Dale Planetarium and eat lunch in the cafeteria before returning to school.

College Visit/Job Shadow Day: Wednesday, October 13th

All seniors should set up a college visit or job shadow experience on this day. The expectation is that they will not report to school but must attend a college visit or attend a job shadow experience. Seniors should start making reservations now for campus visits.

Financial Aid Night for Parents of Senior Students

Wednesday, Sep. 29th, 7pm

Wisner-Pilger Public Schools, NE, USA


At 7:00 information on scholarships and the college admission process will be presented. At 7:30, we will be joining an online meeting hosted by Education Quest that explains the financial aid process and the FAFSA.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.