One of families’ main concerns about college is how to pay for it. Part of their anxiety is that financial aid seems like a many-faceted topic. Another part is not knowing where or how to start to tackle the concept.
Each fall, counselors get to show the financial aid ropes to a group of parent newbies who are starting to plan for college. Here are some easy-to-use resources that may help simplify getting the message across to families who are looking for UW System info.
Our office has developed some easy-to-use tools where families may learn the basics of financial aid. First, UW Journey is a mobile app where people can discover the basics in a fun format. Download it from Google Play or iTunes. Or use the online version.
Second, our website has different sections where families can find FAFSA priority filing dates, find scholarship information, learn about estimated expenses per UW campus, and more. We will update data for fall 2019 data later this summer when the info is available.
Third, we have put together the animated Journey through Financial Aid video as a quick way to introduce families to financial aid in the UW System. Scroll down this page until you find the “videos” section.
Knowing estimated expenses is important, and so is being able to estimate what a student’s expenses will be after subtracting financial aid. Fortunately, our campuses’ websites have a tool that will help. The net price calculator allows families to enter their information and find out how affordable the campus may be, taking into account the student’s estimated financial aid. Families may search for “net price calculator” on a campus website.
We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention that College Goal Wisconsin has already set its dates for the fall. College Goal Wisconsin holds events at numerous locations throughout the state during October and early November. Students and their families can receive free professional help filling out and submitting the FAFSA at these events. The fall 2018 dates are here.
Unfortunately our office can’t help to pay for your students’ educations. But we can surely help them and their families learn more about financial aid.