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Understanding College Aid

Taking Steps Toward Your Success

This is up-to-date information provided by the Higher Education Aids Board for the State of Wisconsin

Financing a College Education is a shared responsibility between…

  • Students and Parents
  • Federal and State Governments
  • Private Sources

The First Step

The Second Step

The Third Step

State of Wisconsin Financial Aid

To be eligible for Wisconsin state financial aid, a student must:

  1. Be a resident of the state of Wisconsin
  2. Have a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent
  3. Be enrolled in a degree or certificate program
  4. Be attending a non-profit college or university based in Wisconsin
    • University of Wisconsin System
    • Wisconsin Technical College System
    • Independent Colleges and Universities
    • Tribal Colleges

State statutes prohibit students from receiving state financial aid who are

  • Not registered with Selective Service, if required to register.
  • Listed on the Department of Workforce Development’s statewide Child Support Lien Docket, unless the student has an approved payment plan. (Students on the Lien Docket may still receive state loans.)

Through the Higher Education Aids Board, the State of Wisconsin provides financial aid to Wisconsin residents including:

  • Grants – gift aid based on financial need
  • Scholarships – gift aid based on merit
  • Loans – aid which must be repaid, but may be forgiven under specific circumstances

HEAB also administers:

  • Tuition Reciprocity Agreements – reduce out-of-state tuition for Wisconsin residents at specific out-of-state schools
  • Tuition Capitation Contracts – provide fixed tuition subsides for limited numbers of Wisconsin residents at specific graduate-level professional schools.

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