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 about student loans, see the “Paying for College” section at EducationQuest.org and watch this brief video. To estimate your future loan payments, use this Repayment Calculator.
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
Check out the EducationQuest Blog for additional articles about college life.
Juniors… your summer to-do list
- Narrow your college choices. Visit some college campuses this summer and check out college websites. Narrow your choices to three or four colleges by the time school starts.
- Become familiar with the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Beginning October 1, 2016, you and your parents can complete this form to apply for college financial aid. This is an earlier start date than previous years – and you will use 2015 tax information.
- Update your Activities Resume at EducationQuest.org. Include extracurricular activities, honors, awards, and part-time jobs.
- Look for scholarships. Check out ScholarshipQuest at EducationQuest.org for Nebraska-based scholarships. And pay attention to scholarships current seniors have received.
- Find a summer job to help pay for college expenses. Ask prospective employers if they offer education assistance programs.
May “To Do” List
___ Apply for student loans, if necessary.
___ Register for freshmen orientation at your college.
___ Start a list of dorm room essentials.
___ Get a summer job to help pay college expenses.
___ Register by May 5 for June 4 SAT.
___ Register by May 6 for June 11 ACT.
___ Continue campus visits.
___ Get a summer job and save for college.
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