Directory of Grants and Scholarships in Wisconsin

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When students and parents begin researching and visiting colleges, they often don’t ask the most crucial questions.

  • How much debt will I be in when I graduate from your institution?
  • How likely is it for me to graduate within four years?
  • What fees can I expect to be charged each year, other than the normal price of tuition?

While other questions about the degrees, activities, and benefits of a college are critical to finding the right school, these questions should be answered as well so you can gain a better understanding of what you can expect from your college experience.

If you are planning on attending college in Wisconsin, the answers to these questions are as follows:

  • Six year U.S. college graduation rates for those earning their bachelor’s degree are about 52.4%, 48.4% for master’s degrees, and 60.9% for those earning their doctoral degrees, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, and much less for four-year graduation rates. However, graduation rates will vary from school to school. For instance, The College Solution states that the six-year graduation rate for the University of Wisconsin is 76.7%, and 41% for four years.
  • The National Center for Education Statistics shows the total annual cost for attending a public four-year institution in Wisconsin is $12,406. However, only $6,554 of this amount is actually tuition and fees. The rest is room and board.

So, now that you have the information necessary to gain a full understanding of what is required to attend college, what you are going to do with it? Like most students, your first thought may be to become discouraged. After all, college is expensive, and if you do manage to make it through to graduation, you will end up paying off student debt for years to come.

Luckily, you don’t have to give up on your dreams or settle for a massive amount of debt. With a little help from one of the following scholarships or grants, you can reduce the amount of money you have to pay for college and concentrate on graduating on time.

Grant and Scholarship Opportunities

  • Wisconsin Academic Excellence Scholarship Program – This scholarship is awarded to high school student in Wisconsin who have the highest GPAs of each private and public high school in the state. Students can obtain up to $2,250 a year for college tuition, and must be enrolled in a Wisconsin private or public college or technical school in order to qualify.
  • Wisconsin Undergraduate Minority Retention Grant – Minority students attending a Wisconsin college can obtain $250 to $2,500 a year for their education. Students must show financial need and be enrolled in a participating school to be eligible for the grant.
  • Wisconsin Indian Student Assistance Grant – Wisconsin residents who are at least one-quarter Native American can earn $250 to $1,100 toward their tuition. Students must be enrolled in a Wisconsin college either part-time or full-time and be working toward their certificate, undergraduate degree, or graduate degree to qualify.
  • WPS Foundation Paul D. Ziemer Scholarship – Named in memory of the former CEO of the Wisconsin Public Service, or WPS, this scholarship provides financial assistance for students majoring in engineering or business. In order to qualify, students must be attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison and be the son or daughter of a WPS employee or customer in the WPS area.
  • Wisconsin Talent Incentive Program – In order to improve the rate of graduation and access to education for individuals with great financial need, the Wisconsin Talent Incentive Program was created. Students must be first-time freshman in order to receive an award of $600 to $1,800 through this grant.
  • Wisconsin Higher Education Grant – This grant is based solely on the financial need and enrollment status of a Wisconsin student. In order to qualify, students must be enrolled at least half-time in a certificate or degree program. Awards can range from $250 to $3,000, depending on need, and can be obtained for up to ten semesters.

If you are ready to go to college, make sure you are asking the right questions. Then, take advantage of the many scholarships and grants available in your state so you can reduce the amount of tuition you have to pay and increase your chances of graduating on time.


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