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Paying for College

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College Goal Wisconsin provides free information and assistance to families who need to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), the federally required form for students seeking financial aid, such as grants and loans. Completing the FAFSA is the first and most important step in qualifying for aid.  Currently College Goal Wisconsin events are held each year during the months of October and November.  Students in attendance who file a FAFSA are eligible to enter to win a scholarship.

Dependent students should attend with a parent or guardian and bring specific materials necessary to complete the FAFSA. If parents are unable to attend, students may attend alone and bring the following materials to start their FAFSA.

What to Bring

  • Social Security Number (card)
  • Alien registration or permanent resident card (if you are not a U.S. citizen)
  • Student’s month and year of marriage, divorce or separation
  • For the 2018-2019 FAFSA, bring your (and your spouse’s, if you are married)
  • - 2016 IRS, 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ and W-2s
  • - Foreign Tax Return
  • Untaxed income records
  • Veterans non-education benefit records
  • Child support received and paid
  • Information on savings, investments, business assets and farm assets (if applicable)

Dependent students should bring the same information for their parent(s).

If you are filing a FAFSA for 2017-2018, bring the abovementioned tax forms and W-2s for 2015.

Visit for more dates/locations and information about what you should bring, printable materials, scholarships, and more.


Financial Aid

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Financial Literacy

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Grants are a form of financial assistance that do not have to be repaid.


Learn about the types of loans available to students.

Net Price Calculator

Figures estimated costs of attending minus the estimated financial aid to determine the entire cost.


Find out more about applying for scholarships.

Student Employment

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Tuition and Fees

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Tuition Payment

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Tuition Payment Plan

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Veterans and their families may be eligible for education benefits.