School Counselor Office

 

 

Greg Conn

Wausa School Counselor

402.586.2255

Email: gregconn@wausaschools.org

 

ACT: 

The December ACT registration is now open! Normal Deadline is November 6th. Final Deadline with a late fee is November 20th!

 

Spring Registration for Dual Credit Classes from the following Colleges. For more details, see Mr. Conn!

Northeast Community College:           Registration opens Monday, October 26th

Peru State College:

Wayne State College:

College Reps will be visiting on these dates below:

Nebraska Wesleyan University: Zoom meeting, 10:30am Thursday, October 29th.

Northern Nebraska Area Health Education Center Virtual Health Careers Club October 28th, from 7:00pm to 8:30pm

  • Register on zoom here: https://bit.ly/31OUDqQ

 

Jostens: Order day for seniors: Thursday, October 22nd. Make sure that you have everything ready to order that day!

 

Financial Aid Information

For information on how to create an FSA ID please click here: https://studentaid.gov/fsa-id/create-account/launch

*** Now is the time to begin your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) beginning October 1st.

Step 1: Create a federal student aid account.

To begin the process of applying for financial aid, you and a parent must each create a Federal student aid account at studentaid.gov. This is the same site you will use to complete the FAFSA and apply for student loans (if you need them).

Step 2: Complete the FAFSA. 

The FAFSA is your application for federal, state, and college-based financial aid.  Complete the form at studentaid.gov or via the MyStudentAid app on or after October 1.

The FAFSA will ask a series of questions about your family income, assets, household size, and the number of family members in college. The colleges you list on the application will receive your FAFSA results and will use that information to award financial aid.

Complete the form before the colleges’ priority date to get the best financial aid package. Renew the FAFSA every year you’re in college. Use our FAFSA Tools to make completing the FAFSA easier.

Step 3: Expect a Student Aid Report.

You’ll receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) via an email link 3-5 days after you submit the FAFSA. The SAR tells you that your FAFSA was received – and if there’s more you need to do before your FAFSA can be processed.

Step 4: Be prepared for verification.

Watch your student portal and email closely as the colleges might request documents to verify your FAFSA information. The colleges will not process your financial aid package until you provide the required documents. 

Step 5: Compare award letters. 

After the colleges you listed on your FAFSA accept you for admission, they will send you an award letter explaining the types of financial aid they’re offering based on your FAFSA results. Respond to all award letters by their deadlines.

Compare the award letters to determine what you would need to spend out-of-pocket or borrow to cover the full cost of your education at each school.

Step 6: Apply for student loans.

If you need student loans, your college will direct you to the necessary forms. Allow several weeks processing time.

Before you borrow to cover college expenses, carefully consider all your options such as scholarships, living at home, attending a lower-cost school, and working part-time to cover personal expenses. Borrow as little as possible so you don’t leave college with a huge debt.

Step 7: Apply for scholarships.

If you haven’t already started searching for scholarships, do so now! This Scholarship Tip Sheet will help guide you in the right direction.

Need help?

This is a lot to take in, so don’t hesitate to ask for help! Contact the EducationQuest office nearest you for help completing the FAFSA, or to ask questions as you complete the entire financial aid process. And the best part is that all of our services are FREE!

 

 

Scholarship Information

Looking for Scholarships? Click here: https://www.educationquest.org/ and then click on creating a personal profile for college, once completed, EducationQuest will create a list of Nebraska based scholarships for you based on your profile! Also, EducationQuest has several other Scholarship searches that are Free! Check it Out!

  • Seniors keep searching for scholarship information or ask your School Counselor for help!

 

On to College

Our school partners with OnToCollege to strengthen our students’ college and career readiness culture through effective test prep (grades 6-12) and college counseling tools. Together, our mission is to help create two- and four-year college graduates with minimal debt.

OnToCollege video test prep courses have a proven track record of increasing ACT/SAT scores and scholarship dollars for students. We will offer the course in school leading up to the test. Students can also use any of the additional resources on the website. These include additional subject prep, practice questions, quizzes, full length tests, and more test-taking strategies.

It’s our goal to maximize our students’ chances to get into their best-fit college at the lowest cost and become a college graduate with minimal debt. To get started, log in at prep.ontocollege.com.

Follow along with OnToCollege on social media or stay tuned on their blog for additional college resources.