The WITC Financial Aid office assists students by awarding financial aid to help pay education-related expenses. Financial aid is available from federal, state, and private resources. There are four primary types of financial aid programs: grants, scholarships, loans and federal work-study.
- Grants and scholarships are free money you will not have to pay back.
- Loans are money you will have to pay back.
- Federal work-study is money you will not have to pay back. You earn federal work-study money by working part-time through WITC. You can use this earned money to help pay for your education-related expenses.
Refer to the Department of Education Federal Student Aid Guide for a comprehensive overview of the federal programs.
How to Apply
If you would like to receive financial aid, you will need to apply for financial
aid at least 12 weeks before the start of the semester you are planning to
attend. Otherwise, you may miss out on receiving available grant money. We
highly recommend that you complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid
(FAFSA) at least 12 weeks prior to the semester starting to ensure that your
financial aid is processed before classes start.
To apply for financial aid, you will need to create an FSA ID and complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov. An FSA ID is a user name and password used to log in to U.S Department of Education Websites and to electronically sign Federal Student Aid documents. If you are a dependent student, a parent will also need create an FSA ID to sign the FAFSA. Be sure to apply as soon as possible
The WITC Federal School Code is 011824.
Get organized. To simplify filling out the FAFSA, gather the following documents and other information and have them with you when you are completing your FAFSA:
- Federal Tax Return 1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ
- W-2's from each job worked
- Unemployment, Social Security, Wisconsin Works W2, and any other documentation of income you received
If you are a dependent student (under the age of 24, single, no dependents, and you are not a veteran) you will also need your parents' Federal Tax Returns and income information.
Visit this online tutorial for the "Seven Easy Steps to the FAFSA," a guide for students to successfully complete the free application for Federal Student Aid.
You may also want to visit this online tutorial for the "IRS Data Retrieval Tool," a guide for students to update tax information on the free application for Federal Student Aid.