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  1. Helping You Help Your Students Nelnet College Planning Presented by Becky Richardson

  2. Objectives • Overview of Nelnet • College Planning history • Resources • Creative strategies

  3. Who is Nelnet? • Began in the student lending industry • Today is one of the leading educational planning and finance companies • Offers innovative products and services to secondary and post-secondary schools • Peterson’s • FACTS • Dynamic Forms

  4. What is College Planning? • Goal is to educate students and their families on every step throughout the college journey • Comprehensive college planning program • Web based tools • Personal service • FREE

  5. What is College Planning? • Began 2003 – FL, GA, NY, CO, IL • Currently services – FL, GA, NY, CO, NE, AL, MS, TN, CA, IN, IL, NM, PA, NV, WA, OR • Approximately 8,000 students in GA

  6. Web based tools Scholarship search engine College search Best College Deals Comparison tool ACT/SAT test prep Career assessment test Financial Aid 101 Video library Planning & budget calculators

  7. Scholarships • GA State Scholarship • 6 $1,000 scholarships awarded to GA high school seniors. 2 $2000 Grand Prize scholarships. Students only need to register online • National Scholarship • $1,000 weekly scholarship given away each week from September through March • GA Movie Theatre Scholarship • 1 $5,000 scholarship awarded to GA high school senior who registered at selected theatre in December

  8. Personal service • Call Center • Counselors have on average 3-5 years financial aid experience • Assistance with FAFSA, award letters, financial aid questions • Available 24/7 • 1.888.889.5191

  9. Newsletters • Monthly email for parents & students • STUDENT: How to write scholarship essays, choosing the right school, ACT vs. SAT, internet safety, identity theft issues • PARENT: Tips for keeping your child on track, helping your child select the right major/career, FAFSA & financial aid • Every other month counselor email • Getting colleges to visit your school, how to increase attendance at financial aid nights and other workshops, writing letters of recommendations, financial aid updates

  10. Literature • Core pieces • College Prep for Seniors • Next Step (9th – 11th) • What Are You Worth • Junior/Senior Checklist Folder • Scholarship flier • No Costs • Annual mailer

  11. Ideas anyone?? • 9th & 10th grade – start early • College Tours • Career Day – Local businesses • Homework assignment/extra credit • 10th grade • Lab work – Jump Start Program • Mentor program • Seniors helping younger students

  12. Ideas anyone?? • 11th & 12th grade • Alumni speaker (successes, what to expect) • College Night • Financial Aid Night (alternative times) • Scholarship Booklet • Workshops • Essay writing, Application Night • Get clubs involved

  13. Contact Information Becky Richardson becky.richardson@nelnet.net Office 386.672.6904 Fax 386.672.6905 www.nelnet.net/collegeplanning 1.888.889.5191

  14. Questions?