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helpful tips and links
a few tips on filing for financial aid:
- Become familiar with procedures, priority dates and deadlines.
- The best time to file the FAFSA for maximum consideration is between January 1 and March 15. Financial aid is awarded on a first-come first-served basis.
- Fill out forms carefully and keep copies for your records.
Respond to Information Requests
- Promptly reply to all requests from our office for additional information.
Reply on Time
- Accept or decline the offer of financial aid in writing within two weeks of receipt.
Reapply Every Year
- Financial aid is not automatically renewed. You must file a FAFSA or Renewal FAFSA to be considered for financial aid each year.
Manage Debt Wisely
- We recommend that borrowing be limited to necessary educational expenses. Our office offers debt management assistance to help you project repayment obligations and options.
- What sources of financial aid are available from outside the university? Check with your public library, the Internet, and our office.
- Contact the Financial Aid Office with your questions or concerns.
Financial Aid Estimation Form
- This form is used to prepare an estimate of the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and financial need.
- Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Online
Financial Aid Search through the Web
- For a full search, start here to set up a personalized profile that will match your specific skills, and abilities, and interests to fastWEB's database of over 400,000 scholarships. Just complete six simple steps to get immediate results on-line!
Financial Aid Information Page
- Welcome to FinAid, the Financial Aid Information Page. This page provides a free, comprehensive, independent, and objective guide to student financial aid.
Tax Incentives for Higher Education Expenses
- Beginning January 1, 1998, taxpayers may be eligible to claim a nonrefundable Hope Scholarship Credit against their federal income taxes.
National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
- NASFAA works closely with higher education institutions, government agencies, and other associations to share knowledge that will improve financial aid administration. On Capitol Hill, NASFAA voices the concerns of the student aid community. NASFAA also advocates student aid and gathers timely, accurate regulatory and technical information for its members.
- College Goal Wisconsin
- Federal Student Aid Guide on the Web
- National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS)
- Selective Service System
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