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Financial Aid

Financial aid is the money given and used to pay for your education. There are four types of financial aid: grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study. To learn more about the cost of college, the types of financial aid, and how to apply for them, please visit the links below.

How Much Does College Cost?

The cost of college varies from school to school and is an important part of deciding which college to attend.

Here are the national averages for tuition alone*:

  • Public two-year college: $3,440
  • Public four-year college in state: $9,410
  • Public four-year college out of state: $23,890
  • Private four-year college: $32,410

*Source: College Board

Here are some helpful links about the cost of college!

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

For a student to receive federal, state, and/or institutional funding (depending on the university or college), he or she must fill out and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or the FAFSA. 

The FAFSA can be completed starting October 1. Each year a student is in school, he or she must complete the FAFSA. To apply and to learn more about the FAFSA, visit the links below:

Free Application for Federal Student Aid Application

Federal Student Aid Toolkit

Read about FAFSA myths and facts:

10 Myths about the FAFSA and Applying for Financial Aid

7 Myths about FAFSA Debunked

Scholarships and Grants

Scholarships and grants are types of financial aid that you do not have to pay back. They are also called gift aid. They can be applied to college-related expenses only. To find different types of scholarships and learn more about how to apply for them, visit the links below.

Check out these scholarship databases:



See these sources for scholarship tips and advice:

12 Tips for Winning Scholarships

Tips for Winning College Scholarships

How to Avoid Scholarship and Financial Aid Scams

TIP grant (a grant from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction for students going to school in Wisconsin): The student must meet a requirement from each of two lists; for example, first-generation college student and  have an expected family contribution of less than $200.


Student Loans

A student loan is money you borrow from a public or private source and use to pay for college-related expenses. All money you take out on loan you must pay back, usually with interest, which varies by the interest rate of the loan. To learn more about loans, the processes of receiving loans, and repayment information, go to the links below:

Federal Student Loan

Types of Loans and More Information

Public vs. Private Loans

Special Hours

We look forward to serving you in our new, school-based College and Career Centers. The CACCs will be open during the school day and at select locations after school. 

Week of October 16, 2017:

CACCs will open on October 16, 2017, a non–student attendance day, unless stated closed below.

The following centers have specials hours:

  • CACC Audubon: Monday, October 9, closed; 
  • CACC Bradley Tech: Wednesday, October 18, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • CACC North Division: Monday, October 9, closed; Friday, October 13, closed
  • CACC Obama: Monday, October 16, closed; Friday, October 20, closed
  • CACC Reagan: Monday, October 16, closed; Tuesday, October 17, 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Thursday, October 19, 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • CACC Rufus King: Thursday, October 19, closed
  • CACC South Division: Monday, October 16, closed 
  • CACC Washington: Monday, October 16, closed; Thursday, October 19, 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.;  Friday, October 20, 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

To see normal hours of operation for each center, please visit our Locations and Hours page.

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