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EducationQuest has online tools to help with FAFSA filing process.


February is Financial Aid Month and EducationQuest Foundation wants college-bound Nebraskans to understand the financial aid application process.

For those planning to attend college during the 2010-2011 academic year, it’s time to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)–the application for federal, state and college-based financial aid. Those who should file the FAFSA include college-bound high school seniors and their parents, college-bound adults and current college students.

Some colleges have early FAFSA priority filing dates, which is why February and March are critical months in the financial aid process. To determine the priority date at a specific college, contact the school’s financial aid office.

FAFSA can be completed and files electronically at See the “Completing the FAFSA” section at for free tools to help get started.

• “Guide to College Funding” video explains the financial aid process, and how to prepare for and file the FAFSA.

• “FAFSA Made Easy” video demonstrates that the FAFSA isn’t as difficult as it seems.

•    FAFSA Checklist provides a list of items needed before completing the FAFSA.

• FAFSA Tutorial provides user-friendly clarification of each FAFSA question.

•  Podcasts explain the FAFSA and how to prepare.

If help is needed with the FAFSA, call EducationQuest to make an appointment or to receive help over the phone.  EducationQuest, a nonprofit organization that provides free college-planning services, is located in Kearney (800-666-3721), Lincoln (800-303-3745) and Omaha (888-357-6300).