Though there are many resources on the topic of financial aid, the primary resource we recommend for a student, is the Financial Aid Handbook. In addition to the handbook and the information found within our website, you may find these outside resources as helpful as well.
- KnowHow2Go – Resource for career, college, and financial aid for middle school through senior year in high school.
- College Reality Check – Compare net price, graduation rates, and debt repayment & earnings among colleges.
- Kiplinger – Kiplinger’s information on paying for college.
- NASFAA Resources for Students, Parents, and Counselors – Financial Aid resource developed by the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators.
- Look Forward to Your Future – A collection of financial aid and money management resources for students and families compiled by the state of Wisconsin.
There’s great news for parents and students: the federal government provides a number of tax incentives that can help defray the cost of higher education. These incentives come in a couple of forms: Tax Credits, which directly reduce the amount of tax you are liable for; and Tax Deductions, which reduce the amount of income on which you pay taxes. For a complete listing, please visit NASFAA.ORG
In addition to tax credits & deductions, Wisconsin offers educational investment opportunities for families to save money for their student’s college expenses:
- FAFSA4Caster – Found under Thinking About College, you can forecast an early estimate of eligibility for federal student aid- Great for HS Juniors!
- studentaid.gov – Allows users to find federal student aid information, apply for federal aid and repay student loans
- College Goal Wisconsin– a state event held in February that provides free information and assistance to families who need to complete the FAFSA. Great for HS Seniors entering in the Fall!
- Cash Course – Tools for managing your money
- Feed the Pig – a program from the AICPA that has many helpful articles and tips about spending, saving and managing money habits.
- My College Money Plan – Learn how to plan for the costs of higher education and gain money management skills that last a lifetime.
- MyMoney.gov -Government website dedicated to teaching all Americans the basics about financial education.
- Loan Repayment Options – This tool can help you find the best student repayment option for you in 5 steps or less!
- Debt Resolution – Information and activities related to defaulted education debt for the U.S. Department of Education.
- Great Lakes – Federal loan servicer. Many student loan borrowers from Wisconsin will have their loans serviced by Great Lakes.
- Student Debt Repayment Assistant — Tool offered by the Federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that can help you evaluate possible student loan repayment options.
- Direct Loan Repayment Answers – Having difficulty making loan payments? Get answers to your questions on Repayment, Deferment, and Forbearance..
- Federal Loan Consolidation – See if Loan Consolidation is a viable option for you.
- National Student Loan Data System – Central database for student aid. Displays information on loan and/or grant amounts, outstanding balances, etc.
- Office of Student Financial Aid Ombudsman – Works with student loan borrowers to informally resolve loan disputes and problems.
- Personal computer purchases – Though computers may be purchased anywhere, the UWM TechStore offers a selection of Dell computers as well as the full line of Apple Macintosh and iPad models – conveniently on campus.
- UWM LGBT Resource Center – LGBT students can sometimes face unique obstacles in obtaining financial aid. Find guidance and resources regarding some common ones you may encounter here.