The school counseling department offers two events related to financial aid and financial planning. The first of the two events, Post-Secondary Planning Night, offers the opportunity to meet financial aid representatives as well as two-year college, four-year college, and military representatives for presentations and question/answer sessions. This presentation is offered at the end of October each year and is geared toward sophomore and junior students and their parents/guardians. The second of the two events, Financial Aid Night, gives students and parents/guardians the opportunity to hear a presentation offered by the financial aid staff from UW- Madison. This presentation is offered in January of each year and is geared toward junior/senior students and their parents/guardians. For links to the powerpoint presentations from these events, please visit the Programs and Activities tab under Post High School Planning.
In addition to the above events, below are a number of additional resources for your use:
- FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid): Completing the FAFSA is the first step in the college financial aid process. This is a required form for any student seeking federal aid including grants, loans, scholarships and work-study opportunities. Complete the FAFSA online at this site.
- Government Student Aid: This U.S. Department of Education website discusses funding a college education and includes information on student grants and loans.
- CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE: PROFILE is the financial aid application service of College Board -- a national, not-for-profit membership association. Many of the member colleges, universities, graduate and professional schools, and scholarship programs use the information collected on PROFILE to help them award nonfederal student aid funds.
- EFC (Expected Family Contribution): The Expected Family Contribution is a calculated assessment of how much your family will be expected to contribute to your college costs. The College Board web site explains the EFC and has an EFC calculator to help you estimate your expected family contribution.
- State of Wisconsin Higher Education Aids Board: The Higher Educational Aids Board (HEAB) is the state agency responsible for the management and oversight of the state's student financial aid system for Wisconsin residents attending institutions of higher education. This website offers information related to financial aid programs, application information and frequently asked questions.
- College Goal Wisconsin: College Goal Wisconsin is a national event that provides free information and assistance to families who are completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), the federally required form for students seeking financial aid, such as grants, loans, scholarships and work-study opportunities. The website offers information related to the dates, times and places of these free events.
- FinAid - The SmartStudent Guide to Financial Aid: Information on Financial Aid and college calculators.
- FastWeb: FastWeb is the nation's recognized leader in helping students search for financial aid and scholarships.
- Debt.org: America's Debt Help Organization. This site provides information regarding Financial aid and student loans, financial tips for students and information about how to manage debt.