Find the Right Fit
The University of Wisconsin System is one of the biggest and best systems of higher education in the world. Pursue your educational dreams at any one of our 13 two-year or 13 four-year campuses located throughout Wisconsin. The UW HELP site contains easy-to-understand information about financial aid, and about costs for the UW System campuses.
Wisconsin’s Technical Colleges – Explore the high-skilled, hands-on occupational education that employers need.
Wisconsin’s private, non-profit colleges and universities have lots to offer you, including smaller class sizes, individual attention from professors, opportunities for involvement and leadership, and financial aid packages that make higher education affordable.
The Educational Approval Board (EAB) is a postsecondary education agency that exists to protect Wisconsin’s consumers and support quality educational options by regulating for-profit and certain non-profit schools, colleges and universities.
Visit Wisconsin Career Pathways to find lots of great information about narrowing your career, finding a Wisconsin college, and how your high school courses can help your future.
Payback Calculator – This website is designed to give you an estimate of your financial payback from graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The answer will be calculated based on your personal characteristics.
Career Locker (formerly WisCareers) – Ask your public school if it has a membership to let students use this site for free.
EdVest is one way to save money for qualified expenses at two- and four-year colleges, and at technical, vocational and graduate schools.
Wisconsin Educational Opportunity Programs (WEOP) – WEOP prepares youth and adults to pursue higher educational opportunities by providing college and career readiness programs, resources, and support.
Pre-college programs are aimed at helping students prepare for college. These programs offer the opportunity to investigate careers, conduct research, build a portfolio, experience college life, develop academic skills and/or prepare for college enrollment. Almost every college (2- and 4-year) in Wisconsin offers pre-college programs. Contact a college in your area to find out about these opportunities. Students in the Milwaukee area can visit TeamUp.
The Wisconsin Education Fairs (WEFs) are held in many locations around the state in September and October. They are free, and over 100 admission representatives from all over the region are there to answer families’ and counselors’ questions about college.
Milwaukee is a site for a free National College Fair every fall. More than 4,000 students, family members, and counselors will be there to attend presentations about college, and talk with admission representatives from around the country.
College Access Advisers offer workshops for students and parents on college preparation and exploration, financial aid, applying for admission, and more.
Be a Pain (in a good way)
Use your social media accounts to tell everyone about your plans to go to college.
Connect with family, friends, or neighbors who have been to college and ask them how they got there. If they didn’t go to college, they may well have real experience and knowledge that can help you on your way.
Track down places outside of school where you can get real-world experience from adults who can show you how it’s done.
Talk with teachers and school counselors for advice about college. It’s their job to help you succeed. Let them know you need their help.
Get Your Hands on Some Cash
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the standard financial aid form. It ensures that all eligible individuals can benefit from federally-funded or federally- guaranteed financial assistance for education beyond high school.
Get free help filling out the FAFSA and learn about financial aid resources at College Goal Wisconsin. The program is offered throughout many locations in Wisconsin each February, and some students win scholarships for attending.
Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation and Affiliates is dedicated to changing lives for the better through higher education. They work with schools, lenders, and community organizations to help millions of people pay for college and build brighter futures.
The Higher Educational Aids Board manages financial aid for Wisconsin. They have a lot of information for students and parents.
Wisconsin Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (WASFAA) is a non-profit organization comprised of financial aid professionals from across Wisconsin.