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SENIORITIS - IT IS REAL!

SENIORS: Welcome to your last year of your high school career.  This year will LITERALLY FLY BY, so we urge you to cherish all of the "lasts" and take time to enjoy them!  As the West Holt guidance counselors,  we are at your service to do what we can to help seniors prepare for life after high school and navigate this next phase in their education.  Please feel free to contact us at school (402-925-2848) or via cell phone Mrs. Ruppert 308-380-7916 or Mr. Thiele 402-929-0648.   We understand sometimes when parents and kids communicate -  questions come up - contact us anytime.  All important info will be conveyed by email, newsletters, school website and verbally to seniors (when possible). 

FAFSA
Free Application For Student Aid

FAFSA 2018  The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is the application for federal, state, and college based financial aid.  The first step in beginning to apply for federal student aid is obtaining an FSA ID (Federal Student Aid ID) is both student and parent should apply for a FSA ID.  GO TO:  http://www.fsaid.ed.gov.     Beginning Oct 1st, you can complete the FAFSA at:  fafsa.gov.  using your 2017 tax returns.  Colleges you list on the application will receive the FAFSA results and uses that information to award financial aid. 

 

FINANCIAL PLANNING MEETING - EDUCATION QUEST - On October 2nd @ 5:30,  there will be a financial aid program presented by Education Quest telecast to West Holt giving instruction on how to proceed with the FAFSA.  The meeting will be held in ROOM #413.  Students/Parents who attend are eligible for a $500 Education Quest Scholarsip - JUST FOR ATTENDING!

APPLYING TO COLLEGE: Some two year college programs will fill up, so the sooner a student applies the better.  Many students who are where they would like to attend college should apply to several, and decide later.  The advantage to this is the student’s name/info is in the college’s data base and they will send updates on deadlines, scholarships, upcoming events, etc…    Many scholarships require letters of recommendation from teachers, coaches, employers, etc...  Now is a good time to request so the writer has adequate time. 

SCHOLARSHIPS:  It is a good idea to contact college your student is interested in and talk to the financial aid department about possible scholarships he/she may apply for.  Some schools have a “priority” date to apply by to give the applicant various advantages.  Scholarship info/apps will be emailed to seniors and senior parents as they become available. CHECK THIS WEBSITE on the tab "LOCAL SCHOLARSHIPS"    Other national scholarships are listed at:  www.scholarshipmonkey.comwww.fastaid.com ,  and www.fastweb.com .

LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION:  Many scholarships require letters of recommendation from teachers, coaches, employers, etc...  Now is a good time to be thinking about who to ask.  It is really important to give whomever you ask plenty of time to write the letter(s).

ACT TEST PREP: West Holt has purchased the John Baylor's "On To College" ACT Test Prep Curriculum for students  wanting to prepare for the ACT.  This program is done by watching videos online and working  in a practice book we provide.   The cost is free to West Holt students.  See Mrs. Ruppert for materials and passwords.   For more information visit: http://www.ontocollege.com.  PARENTS: There is a short video about the importance of attending college and increasing the ACT score.  

ACCUPLACER: Community colleges (two year schools) may require a placement test for English and Math classes.  The ACCUPLACER test can be taken in O’Neill and results sent to Northeast CC, Southeast CC, Central Community College, etc…  If you need help scheduling this, let Mrs. Ruppert know.      

COLLEGE VISITS:  Anytime is a great time to go on a campus visit with your student.  Most colleges have official visit days you can attend; or you can schedule an individual visit.    If you need help scheduling a visit, see Mrs. Ruppert.  Most college websites are user friendly and you can schedule your visit right on line.  West Holt allows two excused absences senior year and two junior year for college visits.  

JOB SHADOWING:  If any senior is interested in job shadowing, see Mrs. Ruppert or Mr. Thiele.

 UNL, UNO, or UNK

*check out Collegebound Nebraska, the University’s financial aid program which provides free tuition for students  who meet academic and family income qualifications -  www.collegeboundnebraska.com for more information.  

 Chadron State, Wayne State, or Peru State

*check out the Nebraska State College System website (www.nscs.edu.), click on students, and scroll down to NSCS Advantage, which explains that first time freshmen who are Pell Grant Eligible will pay no tuition and the award is renewable.

Mr. Thiele -school 402-925-2848,   home 402-925-5599

Mrs. Ruppert - school 402-925-2848, cell 308-380-7916

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