EducationQuest Foundation

College Planning Bulletin

A monthly college planning guide for Nebraska high school students 

March 2020

Wrapping up your senior year

Seniors…stay on track to college by completing these second-semester tasks:

Complete the financial aid process. By now, you should have filed your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). If you haven’t, complete and file the form at fafsa.gov. If your college requests verification of your FAFSA information, you must submit required documents before the school will award financial aid.

Watch your student portal and email closely.  Once you’re accepted for admission, the colleges you listed on your FAFSA will notify you of the financial aid they’re offering.

Keep your grades up. If you slack off and get poor grades this semester, your college could revoke your admission.

Apply for scholarships. See ScholarshipQuest at EducationQuest.org for Nebraska-based scholarships. You’ll also find links to national scholarship sites that are EducationQuest-approved.

Make your final college selection. Notify the other colleges so they can take you off their mailing list.

Be aware of deadlines to accept financial aid and college admission offers, submit your housing deposit, and register for new-student orientation.

Juniors…it’s time to narrow your college choices.

Narrow your college choices soon to prepare for these upcoming activities:

ACT Test. When you take the ACT this spring, you'll be asked to provide a list of colleges that should receive your score.

Completion of the FAFSA early next fall. You and your parents can complete the FAFSA beginning October 1 of your senior year. The colleges you list on the form will receive the results.

College applications. Early next fall, it will be time to apply to your top college choices. You’ll get help at school if your high school holds an Apply2College event.

Campus visits will help you narrow your choices

Spring break is a perfect time to visit schools that interest you. Find campus visit tips in the “Selecting a College” section at EducationQuest.org.

These resources at EducationQuest.org will also help with your college search:

March 31 is deadline to apply for $500 Scavenger Hunt Scholarship


To apply, create a ScholarshipQuest profile at EducationQuest.org and then scavenge around our website to find answers to questions on a survey.  We’ll draw two winners from those who answer all questions correctly. Click here for details.

March “To Do” List


___ If you haven’t already, complete your FAFSA!
___ Watch for financial aid award notifications.
___ Continue applying for scholarships.


___ Register by February 28 for the April 4 ACT.
___ Register by April 3 for the May 2 SAT.
___ Schedule campus visits.

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