Thursday, January 14, 2016

FAFSA and Scholarships


Thank you to all of you who attended the Financial Aid meeting presented by the ICAN the other evening.  Hopefully you took away helpful information!

REMINDER:  The FAFSA is now available online at  Here is a link to a GREAT informational sheet on filling out the FAFSA.  FAFSA has a 1800 number you can call for help also.  Even if you do not think you will qualify for grants or aid because of income, you should still fill out the FAFSA, as it may be a requirement for scholarships and loans.  The Iowa College Access Network in E'burg offers a FAFSA workshop in February if anyone would like help filling out their FAFSA.  You can also call and speak with the colleges financial aid office if you need assistance.  

Any student considering ILCC should fill out the ILCC online scholarship which can be accessed here:

With ILCC being here in town, we see it happen every  year where students do not think they are going to ILCC, but for one reason or another they end up at ILCC in the fall and they did not take the time to fill out this application.  This application is worth ALOT of money and most all students who apply receive multiple scholarships.  You are not taking money away from another student and you are not committing to ILCC by doing this.  You MUST apply to ILCC as part of this process (which takes about 5 minutes online).  

If you haven't applied for admission to your college yet, you should be doing that ASAP!  

There is also a host of local scholarships available on my blog.  These are offered by local community organizations.  Most of these local ones are due April 15th - but check deadlines!  
Along with the local scholarships, there are a variety of other scholarships listed on the website, along with some other scholarship search engines.  Also, be sure to check with colleges you are interested in for the scholarships they offer.   If you are willing to spend some time on this, there is alot of $$$$ out there!!!!  

 (click on the scholarship tab for local scholarships - instructions are provided there)

If you missed the ICAN financial aid meeting last week, I have uploaded a video recording of the presentation.  You can also view this on my blog under the College Planning and Resources tab or the direct link below.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Information - ILEC - Opportunity for Juniors!!!!

FREE trip to Washington D.C. AND a $500 Scholarship!!!

Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative is inviting all high school juniors to apply. 

2016 youth tour - a week-long, all-expense paid trip to the capitol from June 10-16th.  Along with the paid trip, students will also receive a $500 scholarship to a college of their choice.

Applications must be submitted to ILEC by March 15, 2016. 

Visit the youth tour website at to view a video from previous attendees and to learn more about the youth tour trip.  

ILEC Contact Info. :
Bobbi Jo Ruschy
702 South 1st Street
Estherville, IA  51334

Friday, January 1, 2016

Reminder of Student/Parent Meetings


The ICAN (Iowa College Access Network) will be here on Tuesday, January 5th to present the following info.

Seniors/Parents:   Financial Aid Information  5-6 p.m. 

Juniors/Parents:   Career and College Planning Information  6-7 p.m. 

These meetings will be held in the High School Little Theatre.  

If you have any questions, email