Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, an application fee needs to be paid to each technical college to which you
There are several different
types of degrees
offered by the technical colleges. Your career area of
interest often determines the type of degree.
In some instances, you can take college courses early. The Youth Options program
allows high school juniors and seniors to attend a Wisconsin technical college for
courses that are not offered in high school. Students who are in good academic standing
and have no record of significant disciplinary problems may begin college early
or prepare to enter the workforce while in high school. Youth options offers credit
toward both high school graduation and a college degree. Talk to your local high
school counselor to determine if you are eligible for Youth Options. More on youth options
Youth Apprenticeship is another way you can earn college credit while enrolled in
high school. Graduates of two-year Youth Apprenticeship programs may be awarded
credits in specific Wisconsin Technical College programs. You may earn credits in
one of two ways: college courses within Youth Apprenticeship programs; or through
advanced standing when you enroll in a technical college within 27 months after
high school. Technical colleges may also grant additional credit through local transfer
agreements. Check with your local technical college for specific requirements on
agreements and obtaining credit or download the list of Youth Apprenticeship Programs
No. Admission into a program is separate from registration for classes, which is
done directly through your college.
Yes. If you are not admitted to a program and would like to take a class, you are
considered a "non-degree” student and will be allowed to register with the
general public. If you register for courses as a "non-degree" student,
you can only register for courses for which you meet the pre-requisites and for
courses that are not "program restricted.” Note: “Non-degree”
students are not eligible to apply for financial aid.
The best way to ensure that your credits will transfer is by securing documentation
from the Transfer Information System
website. The website serves
as the clearinghouse for all program-to-program transfer agreements between Wisconsin’s
Technical Colleges and University of Wisconsin System schools. For future verification
purposes, be sure you print and save any transfer agreements for which you have
interest. There are also a number of program-to-program transfer agreements between
Wisconsin’s Technical Colleges and Wisconsin’s private four-year colleges. Visit
college transfer sites
for more specifics.
The first step is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
form, which is available from the U.S. Department of Education at www.fafsa.ed.gov
or from your high school counselor or college financial aid office. Students need
to fill out the FAFSA after January 1 for the following fall enrollment. The Department
of Education will return a Student Aid Report (SAR), which includes all the Expected
Family Contribution (EFC). Colleges of interest (which were specified on the original
FAFSA) are provided with student FAFSA data. Each of these colleges calculates the
financial need of each student, which is the cost of education less the EFC. Grants,
scholarships, loans and student employment are determined by student financial need
college financial aid departments
are the best resource for student financial
aid. For an Introduction to the Financial Aid process, visit the Wisconsin Higher
Educational Aids Board
Yes. Declining some of your awarded aid will not affect your other awards.
Yes. Your financial aid is based on the number of credits you enroll in; therefore
if your number of credits changes, your financial aid may change. If you drop a
course after starting it, your financial aid may change.
To apply for financial aid for subsequent years all you will need is your U.S. Department
of Education PIN. If you have forgotten your PIN, you can request a duplicate
PIN website, you can ask to have your PIN sent to you by e-mail or U.S. postal mail.
You will receive your duplicate PIN in 4 hours by e-mail or in 7-10 days by postal
mail. Once you have your pin all you need to do is complete the Renewal FAFSA
This can be done anytime after January 1.
The IRS and U.S. Department of Education (ED) have different rules for whether or
not a student is considered dependent versus independent. Moreover, a student could
be considered independent by IRS rules but dependent by ED rules. The only way a
student can be considered independent by ED rules, and therefore not be required
to include parental income on the FAFSA, is if the student can answer "yes"
to one of the following:
- For the 2010-11 school year, the student was born before January 1, 1987; or
- the student is married; or
- the student has a child or children who receive more than half their support from
the student; or
- the student has dependents (other than a child or spouse) who receive more than
half their support from the student, and who also live with the student; or
- the student is enrolled as a graduate or professional student (pursuing a master’s
degree or doctoral degree); or
- the student is a qualified veteran of the U.S. military, or currently serving on
active duty in the U.S. armed forces for purposes other than training; or
- the student is an orphan (both parents deceased) or ward of the court or in foster
care at any time after turning age 13, or was a ward of the court until age 18;
- the student is/was in legal guardianship; or
- the student is/was an emancipated minor; or
- the student was an unaccompanied youth who was homeless or at risk of being homeless
on or after July 1, 2009; or
- the student has special and unusual extenuating circumstances that can be documented
for his or her college financial aid administrators, who may then request a “dependency
override” on the FAFSA application. (Note: Exceptions are granted very rarely and
only in extreme cases.) Students should contact the financial aid office at the
school they will be attending for additional information.
If the student answers "no" to all of the above the student is required
by ED to include parental income regardless of whether or not the parents claim
the student on their taxes. If the student answers "yes" to at least one
of the above the student is not required by ED to include parental income, again
regardless of whether or not the parents claim the student on their taxes.
In order to be eligible for federal or state financial aid, you must either be a
U.S. Citizen or an eligible noncitizen. Generally, you are an eligible noncitizen
if you are: (1) a U.S. permanent resident with a Permanent Resident Card (I-551);
(2) a conditional permanent resident (I-551C); or (3) the holder of an Arrival-Departure
Record (I-94) from the Department of Homeland Security showing any one of the following
designations: "Refugee," "Asylum Granted," "Parole"
(I-94 confirms paroled for a minimum of one year and status has not expired), or
"Cuban-Haitian Entrant." If you are in the U.S. on an F1 of F2 student
visa, or a J1 or J2 exchange visitor visa, or a G series visa (pertaining to international
organizations), you are not eligible for federal or state financial aid.
All 16 colleges are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central
Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA). Accreditation means colleges have been
certified and meet established criteria for providing quality education.
The colleges offer a variety of career interest services to help individuals match
interests, skills and abilities with career options. You can search the Career Programs
or take the Career Interest Questionnaire
to get some idea of potential careers for you.
Once you've submitted the completed Enrollment Application form and fee, the college
of your choice will send you admission requirements and instructions. The college
you have selected will request official copies of your academic transcripts, from
high school, GED, HSED and college or university. You will be responsible for contacting
your former education institution(s) to have your official transcripts mailed directly
to the admissions office of the college you have selected. If you are currently
enrolled in high school, send a transcript of the courses you have completed, along
with a list of the courses you will complete prior to graduation. Many Wisconsin
Technical Colleges require testing for acceptance into specific programs. Test results
generally assist the college in placing you in courses and/or programs to help you
succeed academically. If you have taken the ACT or SAT, please send your score report
to the college. This website offers a complete list of enrollment procedures and timelines
If you have been admitted to your program, you will receive registration information
in advance of the registration period. Registration dates are also posted on the
technical college websites.
Every college provides support and services to students with disabilities based
on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation
Act of 1973. A wide range of
are provided. If you need special assistance or accommodations,
please contact the
student services contact
at the college you plan to attend.
Adults can improve their basic reading, writing and math skills at no cost through
Adult Basic Education Services. Individualized, self-paced, instruction is provided
in basic academic skills up to, and including, high school equivalency.
Most of the colleges offer career services, which provide individuals with tools
for career planning and for planning and conducting a job search. Also, the online
website provides graduates with access to employers across