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  • 29 SENIORS are preparing to graduate as members of the Class of 2022.  Some will choose to attend college, while others may have interest in the military, or in working full-time. Several college representatives have already scheduled times to visit students in the Guidance Office.  College visitation times are published in the Daily Announcements, as well as on the Guidance Office Events and Deadlines List.  Students visit with the college representatives during their free time, or during other classes, with teacher approval.  Seniors are allowed three external visitation days during the school year.  Arrangements must be made with the Guidance Office, by bringing a written note, as well as obtaining an Activity Slip.  A Visitation Verification Form must be signed by the representative, and returned to the Guidance Office.  
  • APPLICATION DEADLINES for college admission, enlistments, scholarships, and other various honors and recognitions, are important.  Resumes should be moving from their rough draft form toward a finished product in the immediate future. Once you have completed a rough draft, feel free to bring it in to the Guidance Office.  Another set of eyes is often helpful, especially after you’ve been endlessly staring at the document!  It is crucial to type all applications, and to read the information thoroughly.  Please allow at least two weeks when asking for a letter of recommendation.  A follow-up thank-you note demonstrates your acknowledgment of the time and effort needed to complete such a task.  
  • COMMUNICATION from the college you will be attending, regarding your admission, pending scholarships, and FAFSA/SAR status, will soon be arriving.  Continue to check with the Guidance Office about new scholarship opportunities.  Please bring in a copy of any Scholarship Award Letters you receive as soon as possible, so that we don’t inadvertently omit these honors come graduation time.  Scholarship acceptance or rejection decisions will soon need to be made.  Remember to send an acknowledgment of thanks to the scholarship committees, as well as to those individuals who have assisted you by writing letters of recommendation.  Soon, your emphasis will be shifting toward the signing of housing contracts, choosing a summer orientation date, and freshmen registration.  
  • FAFSA APPLICATIONS must be completed to be eligible for any type of federal grants, loans, and/or work study programs.  The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, available at fafsa.ed.gov, is the application for state, federal, and college-specific financial aid.  Your financial aid package could include scholarships, grants, federal work-study, and Stafford loans.  The application process begins by gathering required FAFSA information, and creating a file that contains:  personal identification numbers (PINs), federal tax returns, untaxed income amounts, employer W-2 forms, social security numbers, birth dates, date parents married/separated/divorced/widowed, checking/savings/investment values, and student driver’s license number.  Remember to request your PINs, complete the college funding estimator (educationquest.org), file taxes early, file electronically, and to gather the above required information.   College funding is a major concern for many senior parents.  Advanced planning is crucial.  Filing for financial aid early may help better secure limited government funding.  It also allows time for necessary corrections.  All senior males must be registered with Selective Services in order to be eligible for federal financial assistance.  Feel free to contact EducationQuest Foundation (Lincoln Office~1300 O Street, Lincoln, NE  68508; 800.303.3745; 402.475.5222; Kearney Office~2706 Second Avenue, Kearney, NE  68847; 800.666.3721; 308.234.6310;  Omaha Office~11031 Elm Street, Omaha, NE 68144; 888.357.6300; 402.391.6300; 402.391.4033) with your questions.