Post-Secondary Planning
Student Services: Post-Secondary Planning

Junior-Senior Planning Guide


College Planning

UW Help Online

This site contains information on the institutions in the University of Wisconsin System including 13 universities, 13 freshman-sophomore Colleges and UW-Extension. The information is provided for you and your family by the Higher Education Location Program (UW HELP) and all campuses of the UW System.


Wisconsin Private College Zone

Private College Zone is a student services website representing the independent colleges and universities of Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Technical Colleges

Learn about and explore all the institutions that make up Wisconsin's group of technical colleges.


KnowHow2GoWisconsin helps students across the state learn what they need to do to continue their eduction beyond high school. It teaches the "The Four Steps to College" —

  • Be a pain – Let everyone know that you’re going to college and need their help.
  • Push yourself – Working a little harder today will make getting into college even easier.
  • Find the right fit – Find out what kind of school is the best match for you and your career goals.
  • Put your hands on some cash - If you think you can't afford college, think again. There's lots of aid out there.


The College Portrait

The College Portrait is a source of basic, comparable information about public colleges and institutions presented in a common, user-friendly format. It is designed to be a trustworthy source of reliable data for prospective students and their families.

Online Colleges
Accredited Online Schools and Colleges
These education-focused resources include several comprehensive databases that allows anyone to search for accredited online schools throughout the nation, specific online degree programs, or online colleges in Wisconsin that can help you pursue an education and career of your choice. Check them out:

Accredited Schools Online
Accredited Schools Online
This online search tool has been designed to help simplify the process of comparing online colleges and programs. Users can evaluate distance learning options based on important factors such as enrollment, tuition, and academic program availability. Armed with this information, students can make an informed decision about which online university fits their personal, educational, and professional needs.
Accredited Schools Online
Accredited Schools Online - Wisconsin
Accredited Schools Online has put together this comprehensive online resource dedicated to finding affordable higher education options for students, with extensive financial aid and student resources. The guide features a search tool, using unbiased proprietary rankings, which allows students in Wisconsin to search programs by subject, degree level, cost, and more.
Center fo Online Education
Center for Online Education

The Center for Online Education Provides:

Overviews of schools that offer online programs, state by state.

Guides on what it’s like to be an online student, from researching schools, to the application process, to life after graduation. You’ll get information on applying to the best schools, registering for classes, completing assignments, working with students across the country, communicating with your professors, balancing school, professional, and personal life, and where you can go after graduation.

A regularly updated blog filled with features, news stories, trivia, fun facts, and more, about college traditions, trends in education, tips about thriving in school, and more.

Reports and research on ed reform and policy that also feature survival and success tips for students, written by our resident PhD, on Inside Online Learning.


Paying for College

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

There is money to be had out there and FAFSA should be one of your first stops.

Federal Student Aid, an office of the U.S. Department of Education, ensures that all eligible individuals can benefit from federally funded or federally guaranteed financial assistance for education beyond high school.

Federal Student Aid plays a central and essential role in supporting postsecondary education by providing money for college to eligible students and families. The office partners with postsecondary schools, financial institutions and others to deliver services that help students and families who are paying for college.


College Goal Wisconsin

College Goal Wisconsin offers information sessions at various locations around the state to help you get questions answered about how to obtain financial assistance for your post-high school education.


DDHS Student Services staff maintains a database of scholarships that are available to students from local, regional, state, and national providers. The database focuses primarily on local scholarships, and the site features links to additional national scholarship databases. 

Updated: June 23, 2010