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Paying for College

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.


Scholarships provide free money to defray the cost of postsecondary education. There are many different types of merit-based scholarships that students can win for their performance in academics, the arts, athletics, their involvement in community service, and much more. Xello (formerly Career Cruising) is also a great scholarship tool. Both local and national scholarships are updated weekly in Xello.

College Resources for High School Seniors Seeking Fall Admission

College admissions, financial aid, and housing are still available for the fall of 2020. Students may find the below resources helpful in their search for the right college.

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) The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (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.
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 fall of 2020. Students can review openings on their College Openings Update site.
Scholarship Information MPS scholarship information is contained in an MPS Scholarship Google Folder. The folder holds event flyers, scholarship application materials, and the "2019–2020 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 Many campuses in the University of Wisconsin System continue to accept applications for the fall of 2020 through July. The University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee deadline is August 1, 2020. Interested students can learn more by visiting the UW HELP Admission Path page.
Wisconsin Technical College System There are 16 technical colleges that make up the Wisconsin Technical College System. Many campuses still have space. Additional admissions and financial aid can be found at Wisconsin Technical College System.


Free Application for Federal Student Aid

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.

Free Assistance

Be leery of people and websites that ask you to pay for assistance with the FAFSA or scholarships. Your school counselor, College and Career Center advisor, or prospective college financial aid office can help you find out the best ways to fund your future.


Scholarship Coordinator:
Karolyn Taylor
Department of College and Career Readiness


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