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Planning for College

Your high school years may be the most exciting and important ones you will spend in school.

For the first time, you'll have lots of choices to make about what you study. It's important to know that the choices you make for 9th grade - as well as 10th, 11th, and 12th - will affect the choices you'll have for the rest of your life.

No matter what you dream of doing with your life, preparing yourself for more education beyond high school is your wisest plan right now. Post-high school education can provide valuable experiences that contribute to a better quality of life for you. 

Create Your Plan

By developing a college plan, you can focus on what you want to do and how to get there. Determine what you need to do to prepare for your chosen career. Do you need special training? If so, find out what schools offer the training you need. Also, determine what kind of experience will you need to be successful in the career. Consider an internship as a way to get work experience in the career field.

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Countdown to high school graduation

If you are a high school senior getting ready to graduate, the countdown to graduation is exciting but it is a reminder that you have a lot to do in just a few short months.
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The right number of college applications

It's a decision that could impact the rest of your life.
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Five questions to ask yourself before choosing a college

When I graduated from high school, I wanted to go to college.

CareerShip helps with career planning and college selection

Choosing the right career takes research.
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Choices About Colleges and Careers

From a financial perspective, the most important decision you can make about college is whether or not you go and what you plan to study.
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Creating an Aid Strategy   

Considerations when planning to pay for school, including school choice, employment options, accounting strategies, and the importance of borrowing wisely.
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5 questions to ask yourself before choosing a major

One thing about the future is for certain – you don't want to look back over your life and have regret about the career decisions you've made.
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Four things successful college students do in high school

Success in life is often the result of good habits.
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Taking credit for going to college

If you are a college student, there is more than one way to get credit for your studies.
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The benefits of extracurricular activities

Extracurricular activities can be a fun, rewarding way to help make the most of high school.

Four things to consider before taking classes at another school

Most college programs are designed so you can take all the necessary classes to graduate within four years.
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In-person vs. online - deciding what's best

Online classes are part of almost every student's college experience today.
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Choosing the Right Loan

Questions every student should be able to answer before taking on a student loan.
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November tasks for high school seniors

During your senior year, you will finalize your college choice.
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October tasks for high school seniors

During your senior year, you will finalize your college choice.
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September tasks for high school seniors

The college preparation that takes place during your senior year is filled with a lot of details and paperwork.
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August tasks for high school seniors

Some facets of your senior year may look different than past years, but starting your senior year is still an exciting time.

July tasks for high school seniors

During your senior year, you finalized your college choice.
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June tasks for high school seniors

During your senior year, you finalized your college choice.
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May tasks for high school seniors

As your senior year winds down, don't let yourself become distracted by solely focusing on celebrating graduation - stay focused and finish your high school career strong.

April tasks for high school seniors

Your senior year was probably not quite what you anticipated due to the pandemic.
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March tasks for high school seniors

As your senior year winds down, make sure to complete the necessary admission applications, scholarship essays, and financial aid information.
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February tasks for high school seniors

During your senior year, you will finalize your college choice.
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January tasks for high school seniors

During your senior year, you will finalize your college choice.
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December tasks for high school seniors

During your senior year, you will finalize your college choice.

 Events for Families

Waverly/South Shore School Financial Aid Night

Monday, October 25 at 7:00 PM CST
Online Meeting
Host: Beth Ziehmer

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Viborg-Hurley High School Financial Aid Night

Tuesday, October 26 at 6:00 PM CST
Online Meeting
Host: Beth Ziehmer

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Iroquois High School Financial Aid Night

Tuesday, October 26 at 6:30 PM CST
Online Meeting
Host: Beth Ziehmer

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