College Access Resource


The College Access Resource Committee shares their expertise with high school counselors, students, parents, and sometimes teachers about the availability of financial aid and the financial aid application process. You can reach us at

Find 2019 College Goal WI dates here. 

Our major event each year is the High School Counselor Financial Aid Workshop held each fall online and at various locations throughout Wisconsin.  Financial aid administrators from around the state along with personnel from the Higher Educational Aids Board (HEAB), the Department of Public Instruction (DPI), and Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation pool their expertise and resources to make these workshops informative, engaging, and useful. The program is designed to assist those responsible for counseling Wisconsin high school students about post-secondary financial planning, including the financial aid application process, types of aid, and any changes for the upcoming academic year.

Financial aid administrators along with personnel from the Higher Educational Aids Board (HEAB), the Department of Public Instruction, and Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation have pooled their expertise and resources to make these workshops informative and useful.

What Will Be Covered?

We want to respond to YOUR needs so that you can best help your students.

We’ll cover changes for the 2020-2021 academic year, regular processing updates, and information and updates for the state programs. In addition, we will address the following topics:

«  How to compare financial aid offers
«  Having difficult discussions about college costs
«  Common issues/problems students may have with the FAFSA
«  Available resources for you and your students
«  Case study examples

2019 High School Counselor
Workshop Series

For your convenience, we have scheduled most of our workshops for the same date and location as the counselor workshops offered by UW HELP. Most sessions will begin after a short break following the UW HELP session, more details to follow.  

Register Here:

Dates and Locations: 

  • 9/11 @ UW-Stevens Point
  • 9/16 @ UW-La Crosse
  • 9/19 @ UW-Whitewater
  • 9/20 @ UW-Milwaukee

Online Webinars

  • 9/24 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • 9/26 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  • 10/1 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

We have allocated plenty of time for your questions, please make sure to bring them along! 
Check-in on the date of the workshop will be open about a half hour before. 

Use our flyer to share these dates with your colleagues!

Handouts & Answer Keys for HS Workshops:

Am I Dependent or Independent?
Before Applying for Loans Handout
College Goal WI Flyer
Comparing Financial Aid Offers
Comparison of Subsidized vs. Unsubsidized Loans
Cost of Attendance Handout
Creating and Using the FSA ID
Dependency Rules Handout
Dependency Rules Answer Key
DPI WEOP Counselor Handout
Tips for Undocumented Students
Student Aid Reference Sheet

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