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SENIORS: Welcome to your last year of your high school career.  This year will LITERALLY FLY BY, so I urge you to cherish all of the "lasts" and take time to enjoy them!  As the West Holt guidance counselor,  I am at your service to do what I can to help seniors prepare for life after high school and navigate this next phase in their education.  Please feel free to contact me at school (402-925-2848) or via cell phone  308-380-7916.   I understand sometimes when parents and kids communicate -  questions come up - contact me anytime.  All important info will be conveyed by email, newsletters, school website and verbally to seniors (when possible).  Teresa Ruppert

Free Application For Student Aid

FAFSA 2023  The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is the application for federal, state, and college based financial aid.  The first step in beginning to apply for federal student aid is obtaining an FSA ID (Federal Student Aid ID) is both student and parent should apply for a FSA ID.  GO TO:  http://www.fsaid.ed.gov.     Beginning Oct 1st, you can complete the FAFSA at:  fafsa.gov.  using your 2021 tax returns.  Colleges you list on the application will receive the FAFSA results and uses that information to award financial aid. 


FINANCIAL PLANNING MEETING - EDUCATION QUEST - On WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14th, 2022 @ 6:30 PM - in the Lecture Hall,  there will be a financial aid program presented by Education Quest telecast to West Holt giving instruction on how to proceed with the FAFSA.    Students/Parents who attend are eligible for a $500 Education Quest Scholarship - JUST FOR ATTENDING! Students/Parents of high school seniors and juniors are invited.

APPLYING TO COLLEGE: Some two year college programs will fill up, so the sooner a student applies the better.  Many students who are where they would like to attend college should apply to several, and decide later.  The advantage to this is the student’s name/info is in the college’s data base and they will send updates on deadlines, scholarships, upcoming events, etc…    Many scholarships require letters of recommendation from teachers, coaches, employers, etc...  Now is a good time to request so the writer has adequate time. 

SCHOLARSHIPS:  It is a good idea to contact college your student is interested in and talk to the financial aid department about possible scholarships he/she may apply for.  Some schools have a “priority” date to apply by to give the applicant various advantages.  Scholarship info/apps will be emailed to seniors and senior parents as they become available. CHECK THIS WEBSITE on the tab "LOCAL SCHOLARSHIPS"    Other national scholarships are listed at:  www.scholarshipmonkey.comwww.fastaid.com ,  and www.fastweb.com .

LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION:  Many scholarships require letters of recommendation from teachers, coaches, employers, etc...  Now is a good time to be thinking about who to ask.  It is really important to give whomever you ask plenty of time to write the letter(s).

ACT TEST PREP: West Holt has purchased the John Baylor's "On To College" ACT Test Prep Curriculum for students  wanting to prepare for the ACT.  This program is done by watching videos online and working in a practice book we provide.   The cost is free to West Holt students.  See Mrs. Ruppert for materials and passwords.   For more information visit: http://www.ontocollege.com.  PARENTS: There is a short video about the importance of attending college and increasing the ACT score that may be helpful.  

DUAL CREDIT AND FRESHMAN CLASSES - MAP scores.: Community colleges (two year schools, such as NECC) require a placement test for English and Math classes. Necessary scores are listed below in order to take certain dual credit classes - including Mrs. Wallinger's senior English classes (Workplace Communications and College Prep English), Mrs. Kraus's Technical Math class and Mr. Linders's Statistics.





Workplace Communications

Reading AND English 14+

Reading AND Language 216+

College English

Reading AND English 18+

Reading AND Language 228+

Technical Math

Math 16+

Math 212+


Math 21+

Math 232

Algebra II/Trig

Math 21+

Math 232+




COLLEGE VISITS:  Anytime is a great time to go on a campus visit with your student.  Most colleges have official visit days you can attend; or you can schedule an individual visit.    If you need help scheduling a visit, see Mrs. Ruppert.  Most college websites are user friendly and you can schedule your visit right on line.  West Holt allows two excused absences senior year and two junior year for college visits.  

JOB SHADOWING:  If any senior is interested in job shadowing, see Mrs. Ruppert.


*check out Collegebound Nebraska, the University’s financial aid program which provides free tuition for students  who meet academic and family income qualifications -  www.collegeboundnebraska.com for more information.  

 Chadron State, Wayne State, or Peru State

*check out the Nebraska State College System website (www.nscs.edu.), click on students, and scroll down to NSCS Advantage, which explains that first time freshmen who are Pell Grant Eligible will pay no tuition and the award is renewable.


Mrs. Ruppert - school 402-925-2848, cell 308-380-7916

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