Counselor's Corner

January Newsletter

Financial Aid Meeting

Wednesday, Jan. 21st 2015 at 6:30pm

801 18th Street

Wisner, NE

An EducationQuest representative will explain the types of financial aid, how to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and how colleges award financial aid. Junior and senior parents should attend to find out about the financial aid process and the changes to the FAFSA process.

Three $500 scholarships will be awarded to students for attending this event. Parents may register on behalf of their student. EducationQuest is sponsoring these scholarships for students who attend a Financial Aid meeting across the state of Nebraska.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Attached is an overview of federal student aid and the process for filing the FAFSA once your 2014 taxes are completed! Click here

January To-Do List

Seniors:

  • Attend the Financial Aid Night on Jan 21st and register to win a $500 scholarship
  • Complete your taxes early as you'll need that information for the FAFSA
  • Continue to apply for scholarships; see ScholarshipQuest for Nebraska-based awards.
Juniors:

  • Attend the Financial Aid Night on Jan 21st and register to win a $500 scholarship
  • Register by December 29th for the January 24th SAT
  • Register by January 9 for the February 7th ACT

Do You Need Money For College?

Read this great article for information on federal student aid! This is a great resource on all of the terms and steps needed to apply and receive student aid.

Are you between 25-55 and want to go to college?

The Nebraska Rural Radio Foundation is offering scholarships up to $2,500 to individuals who are committed to the future of rural Nebraska. Applications and guidelines for the NRRF scholarships are available at www.nrrfoundation.com
The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is the application for state, federal and college-specific financial aid. Even if you don't think you'll qualify for need-based financial aid, you should complete the FAFSA to qualify for low-interest student and parent loans.

  1. Make sure the student AND the parent have PIN numbers. The PIN numbers are used to sign the FAFSA form. Register for your PIN numbers are https://pin.ed.gov/PINWebApp/pinindex.jsp
  2. Contact the college(s) you applied to ask for their FAFSA priority filing date (typically March 1 to April 1) Some types of financial aid are awarded first-come, first-served so submit the FAFSA before that date.
  3. Complete your 2014 taxes early as the FAFSA requires current tax information.
  4. Complete and file the FAFSA at fafsa.gov before your college's priority date.
  5. Expect a Student Aid Report (SAR) acknowledging that your form was processed.
  6. Expect Financial Aid Award Notifications in the spring from the colleges you listed on your FAFSA. The notifications will detail the financial aid assistance the colleges are offering.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

The Class of 2016 took a two day, one-credit Career Planning course from Northeast Community College . During this class, the students did extensive research on many different careers which matched with their interest inventories. To complete the class, each student wrote a research paper on a specific career.

FAFSA Completion Work Night

Wednesday, Feb. 25th 2015 at 4:30pm

801 18th Street

Wisner, NE

EducationQuest has agreed to come to Wisner-Pilger and help families fill out the FAFSA application. On Wednesday, February25th, financial aid experts will be at school from 4:30-5:30pm to help you complete this application. Because of the individualized help that is available, families will need to call and register for one of the 12 spots that are available. Please call the school's office to reserve a spot or register below.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

School Counseling Office

The School Counseling Office is a place for all students and their families. The school counseling program strives to empower all students to reach their maximum potential in all areas of academic, career, and personal/social development. Please contact me with any concerns or suggestions!

Cheryl Kreikemeier