Although you’ve only been in school for a bit over a month, you may have found yourself thinking, I wish someone would help me prepare for college! If so, no need to fret! In addition to help from your school counselors, parents, and other supportive adults, you should explore our website, which contains resources that will help make your journey to college easier.
Here are a few ways EducationQuest can help you have a smooth, successful senior year:
- Find out what you need to do with College Timeline.
Although it covers all four years of high school, now is still a perfect time to check out our interactive College Timeline (if you haven’t done so already). In addition to the existing to-do list suggestions, you can add your own items to the list to further tailor it to your needs. Because the College Timeline covers all four years of high school, you may even find it useful to review the suggestions for the other high school grade levels to make sure you didn’t miss out on anything else that is vital for college readiness.
- Prepare for applications with Activities Resume.
Activities Resume is exactly what it sounds like – a resume for your activities. As a high school student who may not have much or any work experience, it is still important for you to have a resume with an up-to-date record of your experiences, schooling information, and volunteering and other activities. You can use this as your actual resume or as a reference guide when you apply for college, scholarships, or jobs. In light of the importance of keeping your resume up-to-date, you can either log in to your My EducationQuest account to access the resume later or you can download it as a Word document so that you can make further changes.
- Apply to college and check out College Profiles.
Check with your school to find out if they will be holding an Apply2College event. If you know which colleges you want to apply to, you can prepare for applications by researching their requirements and due dates. If you aren’t entirely sure (or if you want to explore further options), you might find it useful to check out College Profiles, which allows you to sort through different colleges in the United States according to your preferences. This is a great place to start if you have no idea what you are looking for in a college, and once you have some results, you can do deeper research into the schools and set up some campus visits.
- Look for money with ScholarshipQuest.
Containing over 2,000 local and Nebraska-based scholarships, ScholarshipQuest is a great resource for students who are looking for local scholarships or who are just beginning their scholarship search process. If you are not from Nebraska or if you would like to view a larger variety of scholarships, you can find a list of national scholarship searching websites that we recommend toward the bottom of the ScholarshipQuest page. While you search, remember that you should not have to pay to apply for a scholarship, and if you think that a website is sketchy or that they may be asking for too much personal information, avoid it.
- Fill Out Your FAFSA.
The 2020-2021 FAFSA will open on October 1. You should plan to fill out your FAFSA earlier rather than later, since the financial aid process can take a fair bit of time. If you need to make corrections, complete verification, or experience some other hiccup, you will be happy that you filed your FAFSA early! Also, some scholarships require the FAFSA, and some grants are only awarded if you completed the FAFSA before certain dates, so plan to knock out your FAFSA as early as possible.
If you aren’t sure what documents and information you will need in order to complete the FAFSA, you can refer to our checklist, and if you want more pointers or guidance, you can either make an appointment at one of our offices or use our online FAFSA tools, which include guidance on creating an FSA ID, videos explaining how to complete your FAFSA, and a step-by-step FAFSA tutorial.
Good luck on your senior year, and don’t hesitate to reach out to EducationQuest if you need help in your college preparation process!