By: Kayla Bremer
With the school year winding down, colleges want you to know it's never too early to start planning for your future.
High school students and families took a break from shopping to pick up free college gear and information at Gateway Mall.
It's a two day event put on by EducationQuest. Their staff was talking with parents and students about what they can be doing to know how to go to college.
"He takes college prep classes to try and get prepared for college and as far as money goes, we're trying to work on getting act scores up to get the good scholarships and talking about scholarships," Pat Bernstrauch of South Sioux City said.
EducationQuest talks to students as young as 8th grade because they say it's never too early to start planning.
"There are things you can be doing those early years of high school that will really impact that GPA, that ACT score in the long run," Kristin Ageton said.
It's a non-profit organization that provides free planning services. The goal is to get more students to go to college.
Many of the questions parents and their students have are about how to start planning and different options of paying.
EducationQuest says planning for students should start as early as they enter high school.
"A poor decision in a 9th grade algebra class could really impact you down the road and you also don't want to get to your senior year and not have any idea where you want to go so it's important to start exploring options early and explore options to pay," Ageton said.
The EducationQuest booth will be at Gateway Mall again Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.