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High schools and colleges encourage students to start application process now

CENTRAL WISCONSIN (WAOW) — It’s the time of year again when high school seniors need to start thinking about next year and their options when it comes to higher education.

On Tuesday night, D.C. Everest Senior High held an informational session for parents and students ready to take the next step.

“We’re helping kids figure out how to write the best college essay, how do they put together a list of their extracurriculars or maybe their work experience. Those are all things that college are looking at for admissions,” said D.C. Everest Counselor Jodi Devine.

Another important thing to keep in mind is applying to FAFSA. The FAFSA application opened on October 1, and Devine recommends applying early so families can start budgeting for college costs. Experts also said to use the IRS data retrieval tool if possible because it can help reduce mistakes.

And students should note that the ACT is changing soon, but it will likely be a welcome change. Starting next September students who want to retake the ACT to improve their score won’t have to retake the entire test, but instead can just take the section they want to improve.

“Often times taking that entire test can be lengthy for students and it’s draining… being able to focus on areas in which students want to improve the most will be beneficial,” said UWSP Director of Recruitment Marc Young.

UWSP is holding a “College Goal Wisconsin” event for high school seniors and their parents on Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 6 p.m. The event will be held in the College of Professional Studies (1901 Fourth Ave., Stevens Point).

Sarah McGrew

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