Sessions offer college prep advice for seniors, parents

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Kaylee P.

Guidance counselor Brenda Siffring explains the parts of the Susan Thompson Buffett Scholarship. Parents and students were encouraged to double check their submission status before the due date.

Kaylee P.

College is right around the corner for seniors, and that means a lot of processes to go through and decisions to make. To help relieve the stress, David City High School guidance counselor Brenda Siffring is offering sessions for seniors and their parents each month that cover a piece of the college preparation process.

In each session, attendees are offered dinner along with the informative night. The funds for these sessions come from Education Quest’s College Access Grant that was awarded to DCHS and other Nebraska high schools to help increase college-going rates. DCHS is receiving $5,000 per year for four years.

Sessions are held every month except December.  All information presented is geared toward providing the seniors and their parents with information and resources they can utilize when preparing for college.

The next session on Thursday, Jan. 8 will cover the FAFSA, FAFSA pin numbers, and taxes. In February, seniors will learn about the Nebraska Workforce Development Program, and the March session will cover financial aid award letters, deposits, and making final decisions on colleges. The last session for seniors will be in April covering budgeting, roommates, and credit cards.

A May session is also being planned to start juniors on the path to college. This session will help answer questions junior parents have regarding senior year, the ACT, courses needed for graduation, and college visits.

“I think letting parents know in May what to expect for the next year gets them on board for what their child needs to be doing,” Siffring said.

Previous sessions included information over scholarships, Nebraska tuition, eligibility for financial aid, and career research.

“I think [this was] helpful for not only the parents but also the seniors because it taught us what we will need to know to pay for college,” senior Megan F. said.