Monday, January 7, 2013

Senior Financial Aid Meeting January 15th

“Seniors only” edition!
We need to have everyone here for the Financial Aid meeting on January 15~

By:  Carolyn Hinrichs

Whew!  Where did the fall semester go?  Now that the holidays are over, it’s time for our seniors to get serious about their plans for next year.  We have a list on the wall in the Guidance Office that shows the names of all seniors and the schools/programs that they are considering.  I tried to sit with each student and help them fill out at least one on-line application, so that they could see how easy the process is.  Most of our students took advantage of this offer and many are receiving acceptance letters.  Good job!

The next step in this process includes the difficult task of deciding how to fund a students’ plans for higher education.  We are fortunate that EducationQuest personnel are available to visit with CHS  students and parents every year.  This year, our presentation will be held on Tuesday, January 15 at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium.  The folks from EducationQuest will be informing our student body regarding the FAFSA process, student loans, grants, work study and anything else that the audience has questions about!  I hope to see every one of our seniors and a parent/guardian in attendance, because it REALLY does simplify the process and take away the fear factor!

In addition, the EducationQuest personnel have offered to assist parents INDIVIDUALLY with their FAFSA’s on February 13 and 14.  I can give you a list of the documents required; all you need to do is show up with your documents and they will fill out the FAFSA for you!  I can’t begin to tell you how helpful this is!  The only catch is that there are a limited number of spots available.  Call 1-800-666-3721 to schedule your appointment for help.

Please keep in mind that PIN numbers will be required when completing the FAFSA (one for the student and one for a parent).  You can apply for these anytime at  The PIN is your signature for the online FAFSA.

January 15th is a BIG day……….are you ready?
CSC scholarship application deadline (students must have already applied for admission as well).
UNL scholarship deadline.  Although the admission application serves as the scholarship application in most cases, anyone wanting to apply for Diversity/Service/Leadership scholarships needs to submit additional paperwork by the 15th.  Students can submit it online in their MyRed account.
Board of Trustees scholarship deadline (for students with at least a 25 on their ACT; these students may apply for a full-tuition scholarship at CSC, Peru or Wayne).  Deadline?  1/15 (again!)
Chadron High School Foundation scholarship deadline…...students are only competing against their peers, so everyone should give it a try!  Please turn in paperwork to the Guidance Office.
Finally, this year, our Financial Aid presentation is on the same day.  The meeting starts at 6:30 in the Auditorium.  An invitation to dinner was sent out last week.  If you RSVP’d, please plan to join us in the Commons for a meal/speaker ahead of time (5:45-6:30 p.m.).
5:45 Dinner in the Commons (if you RSVP’d to the Guidance Office by 1/8/13)
6:30 Meeting in the Auditorium for everyone (no RSVP necessary)

Dates to keep in mind……

Monday, 1/14           Southeast Community College will have a rep here

February 6            Parent/Teacher Conferences (5-8:30 p.m.)

February 13-14 Bring your doc’s and get help with your FAFSA (appointment needed; 1-800-666-3721)

Wednesday, 5/8 Calculus AB Advanced Placement test (morning)

Thursday, 5/9 English Lit Advanced Placement test (morning)

Friday, 5/10 Statistics Advanced Placement test (afternoon)

Wednesday, 5/15 United States History Advanced Placement test