Wisconsin College Planning Guide for January
Waukesha College Prep Consultants Discuss Wisconsin College Financial Aid Planning
The college counselors in Waukesha want you to be as prepared as possible for your first year of college. Integrated College Planning’s Waukesha college prep consultants are a valuable resource when it comes to the keeping track of the most important steps in the Wisconsin college planning process. Stay alert to these important tasks by reviewing our January Wisconsin college planning guide below:
- Fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid): You are required to fill out the FAFSA for all colleges which allocate federal student aid; this is most colleges. Here are a few important things to know when filling out the FAFSA:
- You will need your parent’s/guardian’s tax information to fill out the FAFSA. Encourage them to file their taxes as soon as possible so you can submit your application.
- Try to submit your FAFSA application as early as possible after January 1st. Federal aid is dispersed on a first-come, first-serve basis, so getting your application in early increases your chances of receiving a good financial reward.
- The fastest way to apply is online, but paper applications are available. If applying online, be careful for websites which make you pay. FAFSA is free—if a website asks for payment, it is a scam. If you plan to submit a paper application you can receive one from your high school counselor or you can print it out yourself. Don’t delay sending in your paper application.
- Within a few weeks of submitting your FAFSA application, you will receive your SAR (student aid report). This report will include you estimated family contribution (EFC), which is the determination of your family’s ability to pay for college. This amount is what is expected of the family to pay, so you can start saving now!
- Continue Applying for Scholarships: Our Milwaukee college prep consultants offer free financial aid consultation to help you receive money for college. Keep applying for Wisconsin college grants and scholarships to ensure your college education is affordable and enjoyable.
- Verify Your College Application Requirements are Fulfilled: Check with school officials to ensure your letters of recommendation, transcripts and test scores have been sent to your prospective colleges. If they have not been sent, ask your school official to send them as soon as possible.
- Take Financial Planning Classes: Once you begin college, you should begin taking care of your own finances. Taking a financial planning class helps you plan reasonable budgets and save money. This is especially important if you are living on your own as you must pay rent, buy food, purchase course materials, and pay for entertainment.
Milwaukee College Consultants Answer Your Wisconsin College Planning Questions
Our Milwaukee college consultants are extremely well versed in the Wisconsin college application process. Following our Milwaukee college prep consultants’ monthly college planning guide ensures you are as prepared as possible for your freshman year. When you are ready to get the most out of your college financial planning, attend one of our free Wisconsin financial aid workshops and learn how you can save on college tuition.
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