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3 ways to prepare for the 2018-19 FAFSA early October timeline

Posted by Erica Ploeckelman on 9/25/17 12:30 PM

It’s that time of year again: Summer is coming to a close, and that much awaited crisp fall air is near. Heading back to college is a change from high school, and since the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is now allowing students to file earlier, tackling that form needs to be one of your main priorities.

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What you need to know about the 2017-2018 FAFSA

Posted by Jamie Grant on 4/6/17 9:59 AM

With spring semester flying by and summer quickly approaching, you have a dozen things on your mind. Where will you go on vacation? Who will you hang out with? Will you get a summer job? With so much to plan, the upcoming fall semester is probably the last thing you want on your mind.

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3 Reasons to File Your FAFSA Applications Early

Posted by Jamie Grant on 12/1/16 7:28 AM

Scanning the cafeteria menu in the crowded line, Sarah overheard two fellow students talking about filling out financial aid forms for college. She wondered why the students were relieved to have the FAFSA application process completed so early. Wasn’t there plenty of time for filling out the college FAFSA forms? Sarah pulled out her phone and Googled Free Application For Federal Student Aid, in order to research the FAFSA application process with more scrutiny. Surprisingly, she discovered that there is not an unlimited supply of money for students seeking financial aid, the directives on the FAFSA website noted that there may be limited funds for a few Federal Student Aid programs. The key is to apply as soon as possible when trying to secure the best possible funding sources. Grateful for the time-sensitive discovery, Sarah filled out her FAFSA application with the help of her parents later that evening.

Now, Sarah’s story is only based on a true story, but what is entirely accurate is that often students (and their parents!) don't realize -- until it's too late -- the importance of submitting their FAFSA forms earlier than normal.

Note: Silver Lake College knows that considering a higher education can be stressful and overwhelming. That’s why SLC has put together a College Admissions Resource Library to help answer some of your questions and concerns.

Here are three reasons to get ahead and file your FAFSA applications early:

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10 Things to Know about the 2016-2017 FAFSA

Posted by Benjamin Wideman on 1/14/16 10:30 AM

It’s that time. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid has officially opened for the 2016-2017 academic year. If you haven’t filled out the online application, now is the time.

For those of you who don’t know, the FAFSA is one requirement every student needs to be considered for loans, grants, scholarships and to qualify for the federal work study program. There is ample opportunity once the FAFSA has been filed. 

Here are 10 things you must know about the FAFSA:

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A New Way to Offset Wisconsin College Debt

Posted by Jamie Grant on 12/10/15 11:30 AM

According to a report done by The Institute of College Access and Success, the average debt of college students in Wisconsin has increased by 74 percent between 2004 and 2014, leaving its growth rate to be the third highest in the nation.

As some of you high school students (and parents) know, there are several ways to combat the high costs of college expenses. Think loans, grants, working while in school, work-study programs, scholarships, etc. One option many students haven't heard of is the Work College program. The Work College program offers a different approach to tackling this incessant money-consuming monster that is college. 

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The Roots of Student Debt (and What to Do About Them) [Infographic]

Posted by Jamie Grant on 10/22/15 11:30 AM

Have you backed away from the idea of college because the stakes are too high and thought of paying off those bottomless college expenses makes you cringe? 


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About This Blog

Deciding where, when and by what means to go to college can be a difficult decision process. We want to help! The Silver Lake Blog is intended to be a resource as you navigate these choices, from what type of school to choose to how to finance your education. Watch this space for helpful tips. 

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