Trusted Resources

In addition to the resources included throughout this website, the following links are to trusted resources about planning and paying for college.

University of Wisconsin-Extension Resources

  1. College savings fact sheet (also available in Spanish) – Summarizes the importance of college savings and describes different types of college savings accounts.
  2. Savings planning worksheet – Short goal setting exercise to help people develop a plan to start saving for college or add to existing savings.
  3. – Finding money to save for college can be challenging. This website provides a variety of tools and resources that families can use to help find money to save for college. The resources can also help individuals with student loans complete a budget so they can determine how much money is available for loan repayment.

Online Resources – Planning and Saving for College

  • Federal Student Aid ( – Provides a variety of information about planning and paying for college. Resources include a FAFSA4caster calculator that provides an early estimate of families’ eligibility for federal student aid.
  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid ( – Official website for applying for federal student aid. Includes a variety of related resources.
  • Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Academic & Career Planning (ACP) ( – A student-driven, adult-supported process in which students create and cultivate their own unique and information-based visions for post secondary success.
  • College Navigator ( – U.S. Department of Education website that provides a college cost calculator and in-depth information about the cost of attending different colleges.
  • Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB’s) “Paying for College” website ( – Tools and resources to help make informed financial decisions about how to pay for college from the CFPB.
  • Look Forward to Your Future ( – An undertaking of the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions (DFI). Provides resources for students and parents who are facing questions and decisions about college and student debt.
  • College Savings Plans Network ( – Provides college cost calculators,┬ástate-by-state information about college savings plans, and additional resources.
  • Fastweb ( – Provides free scholarship search information directed to high school and college students.
  • Adventures in Education ( – Helps students and families plan and prepare for college. Includes information completing the FAFSA and a scholarship search.
  • KnowHow2Go Wisconsin ( – Provides four suggested steps for getting to college along with resources for students in grades 6-12.
  • Wisconsin Educational Opportunity Programs (WEOP) – Provides college and career readiness programs, resources, and support.
  • U.S. Department of Education College Affordability and Transparency Center – Provides the average tuition (including required fees) of colleges in the US, along with select career and vocational programs. These averages are only a starting point, as many factors affect the actual costs a student pays (family income, financial aid, etc.).
  • Financial expert Beth Kobliner has a series of videos about parents and teens discussing higher education.

Online Resources – Student Loans

  • U.S. Department of Education’s “Here’s your guide to repaying your federal student loans” website – Provides a variety of resources related to repaying federal student loans. provides additional tools and resources. They also have a FAFSA app to check out.
  • National Student Loan Data System ( The U.S. Department of Education’s central database for student aid allows individuals to view information on their federal loan and grant amounts, outstanding balances, loan statuses, and disbursements.
  • Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s “Repay Student Debt” website – Provides information and advice on figuring out the best ways to pay off student loans based on your individual circumstances.
  • eXtension’s Student Loan guide – Provides 10 fact sheets and other resources to help students and families understand student loans, identify ways to pay for college, and manage student debt.
  • State of Connecticut’s “Student Loan Repayment Guide” – Helpful to borrowers in all states and available in 7 languages (see links at the bottom of the page), this guide provides information for current college students, recent graduates, parents and anyone seeking to repay student loans.
  • National Consumer Law Center’s Student Loan Borrower Assistance website – Provides information about student loan rights and responsibilities, including a guide for resolving student loan problems.

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