Most MPS students qualify for some form of financial aid to pay for education after high school. Going through the financial aid process will make the cost of college more affordable.
Finding Your "Best Fit" College
There are many ways to discover a college that you will love and where you will grow. You can talk with your family and friends about their experiences, research schools on Xello, or even participate in a precollege program. These are all excellent ways to gain knowledge and inform your big decision.
To provide additional information, below is a list of online resources that focus on helping each of you find the best college. Click on the links to start your journey.
Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander–Serving Institutions (AANAPISI)
|AANAPISI provides information for students who are seeking Asian American–serving colleges and universities. Students can also locate scholarships, internships, and conferences. More information can be found at the AANAPISI website.
|Campus Pride provides a national listing of LGBTQ-friendly colleges and universities for students seeking inclusive environments. In addition, Campus Pride provides advocacy resources, college fairs, and school ratings. Visit the Campus Pride website to learn more about their resources.
|Common Black College Application
||The Common Black College Application serves 55 historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs). There is a small fee of $20.00 to apply to all 55 institutions. More information can be found at the Common Black College Application website.
|Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
||FAFSA is a form that a student and parent need to complete in order to have access to grants, work-study, and loans. Some scholarships as well require the FAFSA form. Complete the FAFSA online.
Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU)
|HACU provides information for students who are seeking Hispanic-serving colleges and universities. Students can also locate scholarships, internships, and conferences. More information can be found at the HACU website.
|National Association for College Admission Counseling
||The National Association for College Admission Counseling provides a current list of colleges and universities that have admissions, financial aid, and housing available for the upcoming fall term. Students can review openings on their College Openings Update site.
National Center for College Students with Disabilities (NCCSD)
|NCCSD is a federally funded center that provides information and resources for college students with disabilities. The DREAM List shows national and campus organizations that support and advocate for college students with disabilities.
||MPS scholarship information is contained in an MPS Scholarship Google Folder. The folder holds event flyers, scholarship application materials, and the "2020–2021 Milwaukee Public Schools Scholarships & College and Career Opportunity List." All the materials can be viewed, downloaded, and printed. Students can consult with their school counselor and/or College and Career Center advisor for one-on-one help.
|University of Wisconsin System
||There are 13 universities that are part of the University of Wisconsin System. To learn more about each campus, visit the UW HELP Campus Profiles page.
|Wisconsin Technical College System
||There are 16 technical colleges that make up the Wisconsin Technical College System. To explore each of the Wisconsin technical colleges, visit the WTCS Colleges page.
||YouVisit is an online portal that has interactive college tours. Use the searchable database to gain valuable information about hundreds of colleges. Take a virtual tour by visiting YouVisit.
Free Application for Federal Student Aid
Opens October 1, 2020, for Fall 2021
Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is one of the most important steps in the financial aid process. All seniors, whether pursuing a two-year technical program or a four-year degree, should complete the FAFSA. The FAFSA allows you to qualify for federal and state grants and low-cost loans to help fund your education. Many need-based scholarships will also ask you for a copy of your completed FAFSA.
Parents and students may have FAFSA questions. Your school counselor or College and Career Center advisor is always able to answer questions and assist with the online FAFSA application.
What is the FAFSA?
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, commonly referred to as the FAFSA, is a form that allows U.S. citizens and eligible noncitizens to apply for federal loans, grants, and work-study programs. After you complete the FAFSA, the colleges and universities that you are interested in attending will receive your Student Aid Report (SAR). Your SAR helps the college and university financial aid offices determine whether you are eligible for scholarships, grants, and loans. Some scholarship applications also require your SAR to determine your financial need.
How do I complete the FAFSA?
The FAFSA can be submitted online or by mail. It takes most people about 30 minutes to complete the FAFSA. You will need several documents to complete your FAFSA. Here is a list of the documents:
- Your Social Security number
- Your Alien Registration Number (if you are not a U.S. citizen)
- Your federal income tax returns, W-2s, and other records of money earned (Note: You may be able to transfer your federal tax return information into your FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.)
- Bank statements and records of investments (if applicable)
- Records of untaxed income (if applicable)
- An FSA ID to sign electronically
Do you need assistance with completing the FAFSA?
Many students can complete the FAFSA quickly and easily. If you have questions or need additional assistance, your school counselor and CACC advisor are always here to help. To sign up for one-on-one assistance with your CACC advisor, visit the CACC web page.
Additional online resources
FAFSA overview video
What happens after you complete the FAFSA
Financial aid for undocumented students