LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR FUTURE

Whether you are a parent or a prospective student, it’s never too early to begin planning for college. Career choices need to be made. Selecting the right school – whether it’s a two-year institution or a four-year university – is an important step in the post-secondary educational process. And finding the necessary funding to pay for a college education is a critical – and at times daunting – task for parents and students alike. But you can do this! “Look Forward to Your Future,” an undertaking of the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions (DFI), is a resource for students and parents who are facing questions and decisions about college and student debt.

Students

Investing in yourself with further education after high school benefits your career and life.  People who complete a post-secondary degree have greater earnings potential in their lifetime than people who do not.

So how do you achieve your educational dream? You’ll need to make important decisions about the career path you want to pursue, the academic institution that’s right for you, and the best combination of financial resources and tuition reduction strategies.  This is about you and your journey.

Parents

As you ponder your child’s educational future, there are important decisions to be made about what career path your child is going to pursue, what academic institution is the right fit, and what mix of financial resources is necessary to help your child attain his or her educational dream. There’s no better time than right now to get started on developing your plan by tapping into some of the excellent resources available here. Go ahead, take the plunge. You’ll be glad you did as you “Look Forward” to your child’s future.

 

Educators

Helping students understand their potential and interests is key to career exploration and post-secondary success.  Along with students, parents and community partners; educators are an essential stakeholder in guiding learners to determine the best path for their future.

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Resources

An education beyond high school is an investment in your future. Going to college is an exciting time for high school graduates and often an expensive one. Scholarships and financial aid are a common aspect of a college student’s life. Here you will find some information to help guide you through those tough decisions.

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$29,460

Wisconsin grads had the lowest average student debt of all neighboring states as of 2015.

84%

Bachelor degree holders earn 84% more than those with only a high school diploma over a lifetime. On average, that’s $964,000!

More Education = More Income

Over a lifetime, individuals with a high school diploma or GED make 33% more income than those without on average.  Those that obtain an Associate’s Degree earn over $420,000 more than those with only a high school diploma.

There are 66 public and private 2-year and 4-year universities and colleges located in Wisconsin. In addition, there are many other institutions offering state-accredited educational programs.

Look Forward to Your Future

Choosing the right college for you is important and there are many options, from 4-year universities to technical colleges to private colleges. When thinking about choosing a college, there are many factors to consider: the cost, the environment, do you like large class sizes or small, your interests, do they have the right major, and location.

Below are links to some of the options available to you.

University of Wisconsin System

Wisconsin Private Colleges

Wisconsin Technical Colleges

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