Parents of Juniors and Seniors
The Impact of CoVid-19 on College Planning

Important information for 2020 and 2021 high school graduates. On April 21, 2020, John Baylor, founder of OnToCollege, held a webinar to provide some helpful tips and information on what you can do to make sure you are making the best college choice. Great tips if you haven't made a college choice or you still are looking for some more financial aid help.  
Here is a link to the recording webinar https://www.ontocollege.com/the-impact-of-covid-19-recording/ and here is a link to the notes pages for the session. https://www.ontocollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/The-Impact-of-COVID-19-on-College-Planning-Notes.pdf

Choose The Right College

Tips from John Baylor to help you make sure you are making the best choices for yourself and your family.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vGpm8Hj2D10

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.

March “To Do” List


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

Have you made your college choice?  Good tips to help you make your decision.  The 8 questions for choosing your college

Seniors … borrow wisely for college!

Review these tips before you decide how much to borrow in student loans:

  • Borrow only what you need, even if it’s less than the amount offered in your award letter.
  • Try to use your student loan money only for tuition, room and board, books and fees. Get a part-time job during college to pay other expenses.
  • Apply for financial aid each year you attend college by completing the FAFSA.
  • Continue to look for scholarships while you’re in college.
  • Keep track of your student loan debt throughout college at nslds.ed.gov.


To learn more, read the EducationQuest Blog article: “Student Loan Refresher” and see the “Paying for College” section at EducationQuest.org.  

How to prepare for your freshman year of college

Visit the College Students section at EducationQuest.org for tips to help you prepare for your freshman year of college. You’ll find information on these topics:

  • Achieving academic success
  • How to manage your money
  • How to select a major
  • What to expect your freshman year of college


For an idea of what college might be like, check out this EducationQuest Blog article.


DUAL CREDIT CLASSES – You must fill out a Transcript Request Form from Metro (English Comp, Spanish, Advance Biology)  in order to receive college credit at the college you plan to attend.  

          MCC Transfer Request Form                           

Only YOU can sign the form. YOU must send it to the college you will be attending. You will not receive college credit if you don’t do it.
The Request From may be sent after June 1. It takes time for grades to be processed.
Seniors, how to prepare for your freshman year of college.
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Future Educator?

To be admitted to a Nebraska teacher preparation program, candidates must take and pass the Praxis® Core Academic Skills for Educators – a basic skills test that measures reading, writing, and math skills to determine a candidate’s readiness to enter a teacher education program.
With that in mind, I am asking those students who are considering teaching as a career to take the Praxis® Core test in their junior or senior year.
Praxis® results are good for 5 years!
Information about the Praxis® Core test can be found at: https://www.ets.org/praxis/about
Dates, times and testing center locations can be found at: https://www.ets.org/praxis/register
For information about Nebraska’s certification and requirements, visit: https://www.ets.org/praxis/ne
You may also contact Mrs. Hanel if  you have questions.


Transfer Nebraska provides students with a transparent and effective process for determining transfer credits. There are over 228,000 course equivalencies among the 16 Nebraska public colleges, community colleges, universities and several private colleges.  Most General Education courses are included.

One of the most significant advantages of Transfer Nebraska is that students, parents and counselors can determine if and  how dual credit courses transfer.  Visit  transfer.nebraska.edu to learn more.

Do you want to know how many of your credits will transfer to a college out of state?  Use the new tool Transferology.com
t is FREE to use.  Set up an account, fill in the information for the college classes that you have taken and find out the percentage of the classes that will transfer to a different financial institution.