Financial Aid

Financial Aide

Attention DHS SENIORS and Senior Parents

Financial Aid Night

Please join the Counseling Center staff on the evening of Monday, October 9 at 6pm for an informational session on How to Apply for Financial Aid!

This event will be the same night as Parent/Teacher Conferences and is open to Senior students and their parents. It will be held in the DHS Commons. We hope you will be able to join us!

Financial Aide ProcessGeneral Financial Aid Timeline

1. Complete the FAFSA for the 2017-18 school year after October 1, 2016. Check each institution's priority filing dates.

2. Submit the institution's application/verification materials (if requested)

3. Receive aid offer, compare offers between institutions

4. Make enrollment decision

Things to consider:

  • FAFSA information is confidential
  • By completing the FAFSA for your student, you will not be a "cosigner" for federal direct loans
  • Students will not be eligible for potential
  • grants without a FAFSA

General Information About Financial Aid

College Students and Parents: What you need to know about the 2017-18 FAFSA

The Guide to Federal Student Aid 2017-18
This provides basic information on federal student aid to help you pay for college.

Myths About Financial Aid

WHY and WHEN do I fill out the FAFSA?
File the FAFSA as soon as possible so you don't miss out on scholarships and grants!

Types of Financial Aid

Tips for filling out the FAFSA, including creating a FSA ID, starting your FAFSA, listing colleges, reporting parents' information, signing and submitting the FAFSA, next steps and more.

UW System Financial Aid Recommended Filing Dates for New Freshmen Submitting the FAFSA for Fall 2017

This table shows the date by which new freshmen should submit their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) when applying for fall 2017 to ensure a timely financial aid award and full consideration of aid. Please note, FAFSA applications that miss the recommended filing date are still processed.

Wisconsin Technical College Financial Aid Information

Find contact information, freshmen application requirements, and priority deadlines for all Wisconsin Technical Colleges.​

Information on the FSA ID (needed to complete the FAFSA)

What Is An FSA ID and Why Do I Need One?

Creating your FSA ID

Do this early and do it first!

Dependent vs Independent Status

Who is my parent when I complete the FAFSA?

Am I Dependent or Independent When Filling Out the FAFSA?

Dependent or Independent Graphic

After Completing the FAFSA

What happens after I fill out the FAFSA?

How aid is calculated

Next Steps After You Complete the FAFSA

Avoiding Scams

Scholarship and Financial Aid Scams

Don't Get Scammed On Your Way To College

Preparing for College For FREE!

Types of Financial Aid

The federal government provides grant funds for students attending colleges, career schools, and universities. Grants, unlike loans, do not have to be repaid. The major federal student grant programs are briefly described.

Direct PLUS Loans are available from the U.S. Department of Education (ED) to help parents pay the cost of their child's education at a four-year college or university, community college, or trade, career, or technical school.

  • Scholarships (See DHS Scholarship webpage AND check with the college of your choice)

Comparing Colleges and Costs

The College Scorecard

The College Scorecard includes essential information about a particular college's costs, its graduation rates and the average amount its students borrow, all in a standardized, easy-to-read format. It is designed to help you compare colleges and choose one that is well-suited to your individual needs.

Net Price Calculator Center

The Net Price Calculator Center provides you a tool to explore the net price of any given college - that is, the price after subtracting the scholarships and grants you are likely to receive. Then, you can easily compare estimated net prices across the institutions that you are considering.

Understanding College Costs

Financial Aid Shopping Sheet

Many schools will send you a Shopping Sheet if they offer you a financial aid package. The Shopping Sheet provides personalized information on financial aid and net costs as well as general information on institutional outcomes - all in a standardized format. This tool provides an easy way to make clear comparisons among financial aid offers that you may receive.

Additional Resources

Be a Responsible Borrower: Plan Ahead and Graduate With Less Debt

FinAid! The Smart Student Guide to Financial Aid

It's never too late to start saving for college; and with that, it's never too early either. Children born today will face tuition costs that are three to four times higher than they are now. Time is one of your most valuable assets. The sooner you start saving for college, the more time your money will have to grow.

FinAid! College Cost Projector

College costs increase at about twice the inflation rate. Current increases have averaged 5% to 8%. This College Cost Projector estimates how much college will cost when you are ready to enroll.

College Savings and 529 Plans

Expert advice and tools to help maximize your savings potential.

Before Becoming A Senior...

Look Forward to Your Future

This website provides students (grades K-12) and their parents with access to information and resources about the importance of planning for college - from career planning to financial planning to the selection of the right post-secondary institution. You will find resources and educational information for current and future borrowers, and helpful decision-making tools (such as loan calculators, college cost estimation, scholarship resources, etc.)

The FAFSA4caster is a free financial aid calculator that gives you an early estimate of your eligibility for federal student aid. This information helps families plan ahead for college. This tool is for anyone who is not yet ready to file a FAFSA. The tool is recommended for high school juniors, and even as early as middle school. Parents of younger students can use the tool to receive early estimates, create scenarios based on future earnings, and then establish college funding strategies.

Saving Early = Saving Smart! Watch Your Money Grow With Your Child

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