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Representatives from 140 schools will participate Oct. 1 in the Omaha Area College Fair at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, 60th and Dodge Streets. The event is free and runs from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Sapp Fieldhouse. Parking – also at no charge – is available in campus lots and garages. The college fair is sponsored by the EducationQuest Foundation in partnership with Omaha-area school counselors and the Nebraska Association of College Registrars and Admissions Officers.

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Junior year of high school is an ideal time to start narrowing college choices. Here are some questions, coupled with tips, to jump-start the process and move a student closer to a decision that will have an impact on a family’s finances, scholarships and financial aid.

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It’s time for college-bound high school seniors to apply for federal student financial aid. The 2018-2019 Free Application for Federal Student Aid opens Oct. 1. With a June 30 application deadline, nearly eight months might seem like plenty of time to apply. But local and federal education officials say it’s important for students to get on the ball sooner rather than later.

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Decisions to take service trips abroad can be as varied as the experiences themselves. Maybe you don’t know what to do next at a particular time in your life, or find yourself at a transitional point in a career. Or maybe the timing just feels right after college graduation. Though most people on such trips have a desire to give back, few consider what service trips give in return. Here’s what I discovered on a college-organized trip to the Dominican Republic.

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Madison Kramer says she’s a “dog person,” but when she feels stressed, the Northwest Missouri State junior turns to her golden- eyed black cat for relief. The 1-year-old fur ball, known as Chicken Nugget, is a therapy pet the 2015 Millard North graduate keeps in her Marysville, Missouri, dormitory to help battle anxiety. Most students have cats, Kramer said. But some have dogs or rabbits.

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