Welcome to Take Charge 
Presented by EducationQuest Foundation 
Your Journey to College Begins with Us
Let your journey begin… 
 EducationQuest Foundation will guide you 
on your journey to college 
 We provide: 
 Free col...
At our locations, 
we offer FREE services 
 Computer-based services and resource 
materials to help you: 
• explore caree...
Follow us! 
 Keep up with college planning tips and 
advice! 
– Facebook.com/EducationQuest 
– Twitter: @FreeCollegeHelp
We will cover… 
 The Cost of Education 
 The types of financial aid available 
 How to apply for financial aid
The Cost of Education !
Have a financial discussion 
as a family 
Cars 
Household 
Bills 
Other 
Debt 
Savings 
Other
Direct 
Costs 
• Tuition & Fees 
• Room & Board* 
• Books & Supplies 
Indirect 
Costs 
• Personal 
• Transportation 
*Depe...
Cost of Education 
4-year PUBLIC college 
TUITION & FEES $ 
BOOKS & SUPPLIES $ 
ROOM & BOARD 
(ON-CAMPUS) 
$ 
PERSONAL & 
...
Cost Of Education 
4-year PRIVATE college 
TUITION & FEES $ 
BOOKS & SUPPLIES $ 
ROOM & BOARD 
(ON-CAMPUS) 
$ 
PERSONAL & ...
Cost Of Education 
2-year PUBLIC college 
TUITION & FEES $ 
BOOKS & SUPPLIES $ 
ROOM & BOARD 
(OFF-CAMPUS) 
$ 
PERSONAL & ...
Types of Financial Aid
Types of financial aid 
Scholarships Work-Study* 
Loans* 
$ $ 
Grants* 
$ 
*Based on FAFSA Results 
(Free Application for ...
Scholarships 
Common criteria 
GPA Financial 
Need 
Ethnicity ACT/SAT 
score 
Field of 
study 
First-generation 
student 
...
$ Scholarships 
Search tips 
 Begin research early 
 Colleges 
 School counselor 
 ScholarshipQuest at 
EducationQuest...
Scholarship Tips 
Get organized 
Put in the time 
Write a good essay 
Check, double-check, triple-check 
Think local and s...
$ Scholarships 
Common mistakes 
following directions 
meeting the deadline 
typing – or turning in a sloppy 
application ...
! Scholarships 
WARNING!
Financial Aid Program 
Scholarship 
! 
 Students who attend an EducationQuest 
Financial Aid Program can register for a 
...
Susan Thompson Buffett Scholarship 
www.buffettscholarships.org 
Eligibility Financial need 
2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale 
Atten...
Grants 
 Money you don’t repay 
Based on financial need 
Federal 
Pell Grant (range $602-$5,730) 
State 
College-based 
...
Tuition Assistance Programs 
Collegebound Nebraska 
– UNO, UNL, UNK, or UNMC 
– NE resident, full-time student, 
Pell eli...
Work-Study 
$ 
Must show financial 
need 
Part-time job, typically 
on campus 
Flexible schedule 
Money not available ...
Annual loan limits 
Freshman: 
$5,500 
Sophomore: 
$6,500 
Junior: 
$7,500 
Senior: 
$7,500 
2014-15 
student loan 
intere...
Applying for Financial Aid
Applying for Financial Aid 
Scholarships Grants, Work-Study, Loans 
Deadlines Priority dates
Financial aid process 
FAFSA & PIN 
Processor 
SAR 
College Student 
Verification? 
Award Letter
Applying for a 
Department of Education PIN 
 A PIN serves as your signature on the 
electronic FAFSA 
 The Department o...
About the FAFSA 
 Free Application for Federal Student Aid 
 Apply at fafsa.gov 
 Complete after January 1 of senior ye...
Financial aid formula 
Cost of 
Education 
Tuition & Fees 
Room & Board 
Books 
Personal 
Transportation 
EFC Financial Ne...
Junior Year 
(SPRING) 
Visit colleges 
Start a 
scholarship file 
Prepare for and 
take the ACT 
and/or SAT 
Update 
Activ...
Your Journey to College 
Begins with Us 
Kearney Lincoln Omaha 
EducationQuest.org 
402.475.5222 
Call for an appointment ...
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  • **This slide can be moved to a different point in the presentation (personal preference). Preparing for college might mean shifting expenses and making choices (ex: downgrade to a cheaper car, shift other bills). Be realistic with yourself and your student! Talk to your student about what you can afford! (Ask how many people have had a conversation with their student about what they can realistically afford to pay toward college.)
    (Percentages roughly based on IFAP parent income protection allowance.)
  • [Animations – 3 clicks: 1=merit/need, 2=leadership/community service, 3=talents/athletics/drama/music]
    Explain a little bit about the different types of scholarships. Many scholarships require a mix of all the above categories. Obviously these are some of the main types – there are others out there, ex: religion, ethnicity, military, etc.
  • My.EducationQuest.org is hyperlinked if during your presentation you have time to clink on the link. This is optional based on time allowed.
  • Beware of anything asking for money or very personal information (i.e. SSN, mother’s maiden name, bank account numbers, etc.). You should never pay for a scholarship.
  • Make sure not to say “free money.” (It’s not technically free, it’s someone’s tax dollars.) Instead, use “money you don’t repay,” or “gift money.”
  • [Animations – 1 click=Note]
    Don’t need to explain difference between dependent & independent here (will do so later). Main point of this slide is to bring attention to the fact that there are limits on the federal Stafford loans, and students won’t be able to borrow as much as they may want in order to cover costs. Point out that as an independent student, they can borrow a bit more, but most high schools students will be considered dependent (click to bring up Note as explaining this).
  • [Animations – 2 clicks: 1=all scholarship application bubbles, 2=FAFSA screenshot]
    This slide is meant to be a quick visual/explanation to point out that students will fill out multiple applications for scholarships, and just one application (FAFSA) for grants, work-study, and loans. May mention some colleges require other paperwork (ex: CSS profile) or other institutional forms.
    (Obviously, to actually get loans disbursed they will have to complete MPN, but don’t need to discuss that here.)
  • [Animations – 5 clicks: 1=arrow/FAFSA, 2=arrow/Processor, 3=diagonal arrows/SAR/College/Student, 4=arrow pointing right/Award Letter, 5=arrow pointing left/Award Letter]
    Give a general overview of each step here; most of them will be discussed in greater detail in the proceeding slides. However, this is the only slide that mentions the Central Processing System. Also, highlight the Student Aid Report (SAR) here. Talk about receiving it either in the postal mail or electronically, a confirmation summary for students, may need it for certain scholarships.
  • [Animation is automatic – no clicks necessary. (Red circle, underline, and arrows.)]
    Both parent and student need one
  • This is just a brief overview of the FAFSA – don’t need to take more than a minute on this slide. Much of it will be discussed on the following slides.
  • [Animations – 2 clicks: 1=minus sign/EFC bubble/green arrow/green box, 2=equals sign/Financial Need bubble/orange arrow/orange box]
    Main point of slide is to explain the formula. The boxes under each section are a description of that part of the formula. The COE part is mostly review since we already went over that earlier. The green box is some review and some new information, but not much more detail is needed to explain it. The orange box will probably need the most explanation.
  • [Animations – 5 clicks: 1=resources box, 2=calculators, 3=college funding estimator, 4=FAFSA checklist 2013-14**, 5=FAFSA tools]
    Calculators: Award letter comparison
    College Funding Estimator: estimate results of the FAFSA any time with current tax info
    FAFSA tools: demo, tutorial, video, podcasts, steps to renew
    **Once the checklist for the 2013-14 school year is available we will add that to the resource list and update this slide
  • Take Charge

    1. 1. Welcome to Take Charge Presented by EducationQuest Foundation Your Journey to College Begins with Us
    2. 2. Let your journey begin…  EducationQuest Foundation will guide you on your journey to college  We provide:  Free college planning services  Need-based scholarships  Grants that help high schools increase the number of students who go to college  Outreach services for community agencies statewide
    3. 3. At our locations, we offer FREE services  Computer-based services and resource materials to help you: • explore careers • find scholarships • select a college  One-on-one help with college planning*  Completion of the FAFSA* *Appointment required
    4. 4. Follow us!  Keep up with college planning tips and advice! – Facebook.com/EducationQuest – Twitter: @FreeCollegeHelp
    5. 5. We will cover…  The Cost of Education  The types of financial aid available  How to apply for financial aid
    6. 6. The Cost of Education !
    7. 7. Have a financial discussion as a family Cars Household Bills Other Debt Savings Other
    8. 8. Direct Costs • Tuition & Fees • Room & Board* • Books & Supplies Indirect Costs • Personal • Transportation *Depends on student housing plan
    9. 9. Cost of Education 4-year PUBLIC college TUITION & FEES $ BOOKS & SUPPLIES $ ROOM & BOARD (ON-CAMPUS) $ PERSONAL & TRANSPORTATION $ TOTALS 8,156 1,050 9,532 3,604 $ 2,596 $ 15,406 (WITH PARENT) $ 22,342
    10. 10. Cost Of Education 4-year PRIVATE college TUITION & FEES $ BOOKS & SUPPLIES $ ROOM & BOARD (ON-CAMPUS) $ PERSONAL & TRANSPORTATION $ TOTALS 28,620 1,000 7,950 3,500 $ 2,730 $ 35,850 (WITH PARENT) $ 41,070
    11. 11. Cost Of Education 2-year PUBLIC college TUITION & FEES $ BOOKS & SUPPLIES $ ROOM & BOARD (OFF-CAMPUS) $ PERSONAL & TRANSPORTATION $ TOTALS 2,700 2,200 8,200 3,400 $ 4,100 $ 12,400 (WITH PARENT) $ 16,500
    12. 12. Types of Financial Aid
    13. 13. Types of financial aid Scholarships Work-Study* Loans* $ $ Grants* $ *Based on FAFSA Results (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) $
    14. 14. Scholarships Common criteria GPA Financial Need Ethnicity ACT/SAT score Field of study First-generation student Talents Community Service Employer College choice Leadership Activities Military service Disability State of residence Gender $
    15. 15. $ Scholarships Search tips  Begin research early  Colleges  School counselor  ScholarshipQuest at EducationQuest.org  Private organizations  The Internet
    16. 16. Scholarship Tips Get organized Put in the time Write a good essay Check, double-check, triple-check Think local and small-dollar Meet deadlines
    17. 17. $ Scholarships Common mistakes following directions meeting the deadline typing – or turning in a sloppy application proofreading including all necessary components answering the essay question as asked meeting the criteria
    18. 18. ! Scholarships WARNING!
    19. 19. Financial Aid Program Scholarship !  Students who attend an EducationQuest Financial Aid Program can register for a $500 scholarship!  Will conduct a drawing to select three student winners in February  See your packet for an info card
    20. 20. Susan Thompson Buffett Scholarship www.buffettscholarships.org Eligibility Financial need 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale Attend a Nebraska public college (two- or four-year) Amount Up to $4,250 per semester Dates to remember Online application opens: November 1, 2014 Deadline: February 1, 2015 Student Aid Report due: March 15, 2015 !
    21. 21. Grants  Money you don’t repay Based on financial need Federal Pell Grant (range $602-$5,730) State College-based $
    22. 22. Tuition Assistance Programs Collegebound Nebraska – UNO, UNL, UNK, or UNMC – NE resident, full-time student, Pell eligible – Must complete FAFSA by April1 Advantage – Wayne, Peru, Chadron – NE resident, full-time student, Pell eligible – Must complete FAFSA by June1 ! If you meet the criteria, tuition is COVERED! !
    23. 23. Work-Study $ Must show financial need Part-time job, typically on campus Flexible schedule Money not available up-front
    24. 24. Annual loan limits Freshman: $5,500 Sophomore: $6,500 Junior: $7,500 Senior: $7,500 2014-15 student loan interest rate fixed at 4.66%. $
    25. 25. Applying for Financial Aid
    26. 26. Applying for Financial Aid Scholarships Grants, Work-Study, Loans Deadlines Priority dates
    27. 27. Financial aid process FAFSA & PIN Processor SAR College Student Verification? Award Letter
    28. 28. Applying for a Department of Education PIN  A PIN serves as your signature on the electronic FAFSA  The Department of Ed PIN process is changing  EducationQuest will provide updates on Facebook and Twitter (@FreeCollegeHelp) – so follow us!
    29. 29. About the FAFSA  Free Application for Federal Student Aid  Apply at fafsa.gov  Complete after January 1 of senior year before college’s priority filing date  Use parent and student tax information  Renew yearly
    30. 30. Financial aid formula Cost of Education Tuition & Fees Room & Board Books Personal Transportation EFC Financial Need Parent Income/Assets Student Income/Assets Parent’s Age # in Household # in College The amount of money the college will try to give you in financial aid
    31. 31. Junior Year (SPRING) Visit colleges Start a scholarship file Prepare for and take the ACT and/or SAT Update Activities Resume Junior Year (FALL) Research colleges Set up an Activities Resume Attend a College Fair or EPP Take the PSAT
    32. 32. Your Journey to College Begins with Us Kearney Lincoln Omaha EducationQuest.org 402.475.5222 Call for an appointment Follow us on Facebook and Twitter (@FreeCollegeHelp)

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