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FAFSA? What’s that?

If you need money to go to college, you probably need to fill out the federal government’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid, better known as the FAFSA. This is an important first step if you want/need financial aid from the federal and state government or most colleges.

The process can sometimes seem overwhelming, so this booklet was designed to help guide you through the process.  FAFSA: The_How-To Guide for High School Students (And The Adults who Help Them) may be a useful tool to help you better understand how to fill out the FAFSA form.

You will need to have your completed tax form done prior to completing this form, and hopefully this book answers most of your questions.

Good luck!


North Union High School: Transition Mini Grant Update

On November 27th, four excited students, two para educators, and one special education teacher took a fieldtrip to Opportunity Village in Clear Lake and to Exceptional Treasures in Algona. Teacher Mary Gelhaus of North Union High School had five objectives in mind for her level 3 student’s learning. She wanted to broaden the students’ perceptions of future career options and opportunities for meaningful employment, to broaden her knowledge of diversity of services within and outside of our area, increase her knowledge base of activities to incorporate into her classroom, especially pre-vocational training and life skills, to increase the students’ awareness of possibilities beyond their homes and communities in which they now live, and to have the students practice money skills, functional reading of signs and menus, and social skills.

Click here to read the entire story:  Transition Mini grant – Mary Gelhaus

Mary Gelhaus photo





One Place for Special Needs

Tiffanie Dau, PLAEA Assistive Technology Coordinator, has an EXCELLENT link on her site called One Place for Special Needs.

It almost feels like you can get to any special needs topic in the world from this cool site!!

It has an extensive list of resources, broken into specific categories for easy reference.

Check out this phenomenal site!!  Thanks, Tiff!