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May 1, 2003 2003 Academic Excellence Scholars

Madison - The Higher Educational Aids Board (HEAB) announced today that the recipients of the 2003 Academic Excellence Scholarship (AES) have been named. 880 scholars from over 500 Wisconsin high schools were selected. The AES is awarded through local school districts to the senior or seniors with the highest grade point average in all subjects.

The AES is for $2,250 to be applied towards tuition at any participating institution in the UW System (both 2 and 4 year campuses), the Technical College System or in the Independent College or University System. The scholarship is renewable and may be granted for up to four years.

In addition to the monetary reward, the scholars also receive a certificate of recognition signed by Governor James E. Doyle. The certificates which honor the scholar have been sent out in time for each school's annual awards programs.

Since the inception of the AES program, more than 10,280 high school students have been awarded this scholarship.

May 1, 2003 2003-04 MN-WI Tuition Reciprocity Memorandum Approved

Madison - The Higher Educational Aids Board (HEAB) announced today that the Wisconsin Joint Committee on Finance has approved the 2003-2004 administrative memorandum for the Minnesota-Wisconsin Interstate Tuition Reciprocity Program. By approving the memorandum, the committee has ensured that the program will continue to serve Wisconsin residents who wish to go to Minnesota for their college education.

The Minnesota-Wisconsin Interstate Tuition Reciprocity Program is an agreement between Wisconsin and Minnesota. It allows Wisconsin residents to attend state colleges and technical colleges in Minnesota for approximately the same tuition costs of a comparable school in Wisconsin. Minnesota residents have the same opportunities for attending Wisconsin schools. Over 10,000 Wisconsin residents take advantage of this program each year.

Participation in this program is not automatic. While all Wisconsin residents are eligible, there is an application form that must be completed and processed by HEAB. Applications for the 2003-2004 academic have been mailed to state high schools and other participants in the program. Interested residents should contact their high school, the Minnesota college they are thinking of attending or HEAB to obtain an application. In addition, the application can be downloaded from the HEAB website.

HEAB's website address is http://heab.state.wi.us. HEAB can be reached by phone at (608) 267-2206 and by e-mail at heabmail@heab.state.wi.us.

February 17, 2003 It's Time to Apply for Financial Assistance

Madison - The Wisconsin Higher Educational Aids Board (HEAB) today issued a reminder to all Wisconsin residents who are thinking of attending college that now is the time to begin applying for financial aid for the upcoming 2003-2004 academic year.

Here are some tips on filing for financial aid:

APPLY EARLY - Applications for the 2003-04 academic year can be submitted anytime after January 1, 2003. Students and parents are urged to apply even if they do not believe they are eligible for financial aid. Almost two-thirds of all applicants get some sort of financial aid. The earlier an application is filed and processed the better the chance that financial aid will be available. In order to be eligible for most financial aid, the student (and in some cases the parents also) must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is available both on-line and in print. The FAFSA can be completed on-line at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov. If access to the Internet is not available, a copy of the 2003-04 FAFSA can be obtained at high school guidance counselor offices, at college or university financial aid offices or from the Wisconsin Higher Educational Aids Board.

The information on the FAFSA is used to determine a student's eligibility for federal and state financial aid.

DO YOUR HOME WORK - There are many different types and sources of financial aid. Aid can be in the form of grants, scholarships, loans and work-study. Aid can come from the federal government, the State of Wisconsin or the college or university a student attends. Some students and parents may not even know that they are getting financial aid from the State of Wisconsin because the process works so smoothly. One excellent source of financial aid information is the HEAB website. The HEAB website has links to many sources of free information including the United States Department of Education, FAFSA On the Web, and FINAID, which is a free scholarship search source. The HEAB website is available at http://heab.state.wi.us.

May 16, 2002 2002 Academic Excellence Scholars

Madison - Executive Secretary Jane Hojan-Clark of the Wisconsin Higher Educational Aids Board (HEAB) announced today that the recipients of the 2002 Academic Excellence Scholarship (AES) have been named. 874 scholars from over 500 Wisconsin high schools were selected. The AES is awarded through local school districts to the senior or seniors with the highest grade point average in all subjects.

The AES is for $2,250 to be applied towards tuition at any participating institution in the UW System (both 2 and 4 year campuses), the Technical College System or in the Independent College or University System. The scholarship is renewable and may be granted for up to four years.

In addition to the monetary reward, the scholars also receive a certificate of recognition signed by Governor Scott McCallum and Executive Secretary Hojan-Clark. The certificates which honor the scholar have been sent out in time for each school's annual awards programs.

"Academic Excellence scholars are going to play a major role in the future success of Wisconsin", said Governor McCallum. "Wisconsin residents should take pride in this wonderful program and its positive impact in strengthening our State."

Since the inception of the AES program, more than 9,400 high school students have been awarded this scholarship.

May 13, 2002 2002-03 MN-WI Tuition Reciprocity Memorandum Approved

Madison - Executive Secretary Jane Hojan-Clark of the Wisconsin Higher Educational Aids Board (HEAB) announced today that the Joint Committee on Finance has approved the 2002-2003 administrative memorandum for the Minnesota-Wisconsin Interstate Tuition Reciprocity Program. By approving the memorandum, the committee has ensured that the program will continue to serve Wisconsin residents who wish to go to Minnesota for their college education.

The Minnesota-Wisconsin Interstate Tuition Reciprocity Program is an agreement between Wisconsin and Minnesota. It allows Wisconsin residents to attend state colleges and technical colleges in Minnesota for approximately the same tuition costs of a comparable school in Wisconsin. Minnesota residents have the same opportunities for attending Wisconsin schools. Over 10,000 Wisconsin residents take advantage of this program each year.

Executive Secretary Hojan-Clark emphasized that participation in this program is not automatic, "While all Wisconsin residents are eligible, there is an application form that must be completed and processed by HEAB." Applications for the 2002-2003 academic have been mailed to state high schools and other participants in the program. Interested residents should contact their high school, the Minnesota college they are thinking of attending or HEAB to obtain an application. In addition, HEAB plans to have an on-line application available for completion shortly.

"This program has a long and proud tradition. Tens of thousands of Wisconsin residents have been served over the past 30 years" remarked Governor Scott McCallum. "It is a strong sign of Wisconsin's outstanding commitment to educational opportunity that this program continues to flourish and grow."

HEAB's website address is http://heab.state.wi.us. HEAB can be reached by phone at (608) 267-2206 and by e-mail at heabmail@heab.state.wi.us.

May 9, 2002 Wisconsin's Commitment to College Student Financial Aid Remains Strong

Madison - The National Center for Public Policy Study and Higher Education has just published a study called "Losing Ground." The study examines the affordability of higher education in America today. The study identified five national trends:
  1. Increases in tuition have made colleges and universities less affordable for most American families.
  2. Federal and state financial aid to students has not kept pace with increases in tuition. More students and families at all income levels are borrowing more than ever to pay for college. The steepest increases in public college tuition have been imposed during times of greatest economic hardship. State financial support of public higher education has increased, but tuition has increased more.

A survey recently published by the National Association of State Student Grant and Aid Programs (NASSGAP) shows that Wisconsin ranked 13th in the country in aggregate dollars of awards for undergraduate need-based grant programs in 2000-01. This is up from 15th in 1999-00. In addition, Wisconsin ranked 12th in estimated grant dollars per resident population, an improvement from 15th in 1999-00.

"Wisconsin has not lost ground when compared to other states throughout the country. Current data shows that Wisconsin continues to be committed to assisting its residents in obtaining a college education," said Executive Secretary Hojan-Clark. "There is the reality that tuition has continued to increase at a faster rate than family financial strength combined with available financial aid. However, Governor Scott McCallum showed his understanding of this issue as well as strong leadership by proposing an increase in financial aid for needy students in the most recent budget adjustment bill when tuition increases were also being considered."

"Wisconsin legislators strongly supported additional aid for needy college students in the last budget and have supported the adjustment proposal to provide additional funding to these students. It is this type of support and continued commitment to college financial aid that is critical as we move into the 21st century," said Secretary Hojan-Clark, "if Wisconsin is to remain strong. We must be able to provide the opportunity of a college education to Wisconsin students."

February 14, 2002 It's Time to Apply for Financial Assistance

Madison - Executive Secretary Jane Hojan-Clark of the Wisconsin Higher Educational Aids Board (HEAB) today issued a reminder to all Wisconsin residents who are thinking of attending college that now is the time to begin applying for financial aid for the upcoming 2002-2003 academic year.

Here are some tips on filing for financial aid:

APPLY EARLY - Applications for the 2002-03 academic year can be submitted anytime after January 1, 2002. Students and parents are urged to apply even if they do not believe they are eligible for financial aid. Almost two-thirds of all applicants get some sort of financial aid. The earlier an application is filed and processed the better the chance that financial aid will be available. In order to be eligible for most financial aid, the student (and in some cases the parents also) must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is available both on-line and in print. The FAFSA can be completed on-line at https://fafsa.ed.gov. If access to the Internet is not available, a copy of the 2002-03 FAFSA can be obtained at high school guidance counselor offices, at college or university financial aid offices or from the Wisconsin Higher Educational Aids Board.

The information on the FAFSA is used to determine a student's eligibility for federal and state financial aid.

DO YOUR HOME WORK - There are many different types and sources of financial aid. Aid can be in the form of grants, scholarships, loans and work-study. Aid can come from the federal government, the State of Wisconsin or the college or university a student attends. Some students and parents may not even know that they are getting financial aid from the State of Wisconsin because the process works so smoothly. One excellent source of financial aid information is the HEAB website. The HEAB website has links to many sources of free information including the United States Department of Education, FAFSA On the Web, and FINAID, which is a free scholarship search source. The HEAB website is available at http://heab.state.wi.us.

February 14, 2002 Nursing Student Loan Program

Madison - A new forgivable loan program is available to Wisconsin residents interested in a career in the nursing profession as either a registered nurse or a licensed practical nurse. Eligible undergraduate college or university students willing to work in this field could be eligible to borrow up to $3,000 per year for up to five years.

The Nursing Student Loan Program is scheduled to begin for the 2002-03 academic year. It is aimed at students attending a Wisconsin college or university. The students may attend a UW System college or university, a technical college or a private, non-profit Wisconsin college or university. If students are Wisconsin residents and enrolled at least half-time in a program that prepares them to be licensed as registered or licensed practical nurses they are eligible to apply for funding under this program. The maximum award is $3,000 per school year. Eligibility to participate is based on financial need as well as other criteria.

In order to qualify to have the loans forgiven, students must agree to be a nurse in Wisconsin for at least two years. For each of the first two years of full-time nursing, 25% of the loan is forgiven each year. The remainder of the loan balance must be repaid under terms set by HEAB. If recipients of the loan do not nurse and meet the forgiveness requirements, the entire balance of the loan must be repaid. There are provisions for deferment of payment for certain conditions.

"This program is a wonderful opportunity for someone interested in the nursing profession." says HEAB Executive Secretary Jane Hojan-Clark. "Wisconsin is facing a shortage of nurses. This program creates a win-win situation for the citizens of Wisconsin who either need additional nursing care or who have the dream of becoming a nurse."

People interested in getting more information should contact HEAB staff. HEAB can be reached by phone at (608) 267-2206 and by e-mail at heabmail@heab.state.wi.us.

January 22, 2002 Committed to Making a Difference

In these tough budget times, Governor Scott McCallum and the State of Wisconsin are committed to making a difference in the lives of its citizens who are attending post-secondary educational institutions in-state. Wisconsin has made a significant commitment to helping needy students in the past and, with the most recently passed State budget, it has renewed that commitment and made it stronger. Governor McCallum announced recently that he would provide for an increase of $2 million for the Wisconsin Higher Education Grant. Under the leadership of Governor McCallum, Wisconsin has budgeted more than $65 million in financial aid in 2001-02 and over $67 million in 2002-03 to assist residents in attaining their goal of a college degree or certificate.

There are three main grant programs that serve the largest number of Wisconsin resident students. They are the Wisconsin Higher Education Grant (WHEG), the Wisconsin Tuition Grant (WTG) and the Talent Incentive Program Grant (TIP). The WHEG program provides grants to financially needy resident undergraduate students enrolled at least half-time at a University of Wisconsin, Technical College or Tribal College located in Wisconsin. The WTG program provides grants to financially needy resident undergraduate students enrolled at least half-time in a private, non-profit college or university in Wisconsin. The TIP grant is intended to expand the educational opportunities for disadvantaged students and to encourage those students to attend post-secondary education institutions in Wisconsin.

Our valuable financial aid programs have touched and enhanced the lives of hundreds of thousands of Wisconsin residents by making a college education a reality. Between 1990-91 and 2000-01, over 564,000 WHEG, WTG and TIP program awards have been made totaling over $335 million.

In addition, there are numerous other grant and scholarship programs aimed at assisting different sectors of the population. The Hearing and Visually Handicapped Student Grant, Indian Student Assistance Grant and Minority Undergraduate Retention Grant are all targeted at helping the neediest of students in Wisconsin.

There are various other programs in place to aid Wisconsin residents. The Minority Teacher Loan and the Teacher of the Visually Impaired Loan Program offer forgivable loans to students who want to work in professions that educate others. In the 2002 academic year with the approval of Governor McCallum, a new forgivable loan program, the Nursing Student Loan, will assist students who want to work in a profession that is dramatically understaffed in Wisconsin.

Governor McCallum announced last week that he is proposing a $2 million increase for the 2002-03 academic year in the WHEG program to further assist students with education related costs. This increase in funding is in addition to the generous annual increases he approved in the recently passed 2001-03 budget. Not only has the Governor increased the funding for the WHEG program, he also proposes to retain the 2.5 percent annual increase in the WTG. The Governor also proposes that the 4.5 percent annual increase for the Minority Undergraduate Grant and the Minority Teacher Loan be retained.

The Higher Educational Aids Board feels very fortunate that Governor McCallum is so steadfastly committed to funding college financial aid in Wisconsin. It would have been easy for him, in a time of tight budgets, to cut funding in this vital and important area. Instead he has taken this opportunity to establish education and educational funding as one of his highest priorities. His commitment to the citizens of Wisconsin should not be overlooked.

Jane Hojan-Clark
Executive Secretary
Higher Educational Aids Board

August 2, 2001 Teacher of the Visually Impaired Loan

Madison - A new forgivable loan program is available to Wisconsin residents interested in becoming teachers of the visually impaired or orientation and mobility instructors. Eligible undergraduate and graduate college or university students willing to work in this field could be eligible to borrow up to $10,000 per year for up to four years.

The Teacher of the Visually Impaired Loan Program began in 2000 and is now in its second year. It is aimed at students attending a college or university. If students are Wisconsin residents and enrolled at least half-time in a program that prepares them to be licensed as teachers of the visually impaired or orientation and mobility instructors they are eligible to participate in this program. Students may be enrolled at an in-state or eligible out-of-state college or university. The maximum award is $10,000 per school year. Eligibility to participate is determined by the college or university and the Higher Educational Aids Board.

In order to qualify to have the loans forgiven, students must agree to be a licensed teacher of the visually impaired or an orientation and mobility instructor in a Wisconsin school district, the Wisconsin Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired or a cooperative educational service agency. For each of the first two years of full-time teaching, 25% of the loan is forgiven each year. For the third year of full-time teaching, the remaining 50% is forgiven. If students do not teach and meet the eligibility requirement, the loans must be repaid at an interest rate of 5%.

"This is a wonderful new program." says HEAB Executive Secretary Jane Hojan-Clark. "It offers Wisconsin students economic help to enter an interesting and challenging area of teaching. At the same time, the needs of Wisconsin's visually impaired residents are met."

April 26, 2001 2001 Academic Excellence Scholars

Madison - Governor Scott McCallum announced today that the recipients of the 2001 Academic Excellence Scholarship (AES) have been named. 861 scholars from over 500 Wisconsin high schools were selected. The AES is awarded through local school districts to the senior or seniors with the highest grade point average in all subjects.

The AES is for $2,250 to be applied towards tuition at any participating institution in the UW System (both 2 and 4 year campuses), the Technical College system or in the independent college system. The scholarship is renewable and may be granted for up to four years. The Higher Educational Aids Board (HEAB) administers the program.

In addition to the monetary reward, the scholars also receive a certificate of recognition signed by Governor Scott McCallum and HEAB Executive Secretary Jane Hojan-Clark. The certificates are sent out in time for each school's annual awards programs.

"These scholars are a big part of the future success of Wisconsin", said Executive Secretary Hojan-Clark. "All Wisconsin residents should take pride in this wonderful program."

Since the inception of the AES program, more than 8,800 high school students have been awarded this scholarship.

April 26, 2001 Warning Regarding Paid Scholarship Searchs

Madison - Executive Secretary Jane Hojan-Clark of the Wisconsin Higher Educational Aids Board (HEAB) issued a warning today to the parents of high school students regarding companies that offer college financial aid information in return for a monetary fee.

This is the time of year when the parents of high school students receive many pieces of college related information. Some of the information is from companies that offer to find financial aid for a student if a monetary fee is paid to the company. Secretary Hojan-Clark urged parents to be wary when dealing with these companies. "Parents and students should be very careful in dealing with any company that asks for a fee in return for providing financial aid information. There is never a need to pay for this type of service. There are numerous sources of free information available to high school students and their parents" Executive Secretary Hojan-Clark said. "High school guidance counselors, college financial aid offices and selected websites on the Internet are all excellent places to research financial aid sources. Most importantly, they are available at no cost!"

The Higher Educational Aids Board has free financial aid information on its website. The website gives information regarding all of the programs administered by HEAB. In addition, the website has links to many other sources of financial aid information. The website is located at http://heab.state.wi.us. Users can just click on "Links" on the first page. This will take users to the other free resources available. The links include the following plus many other helpful sites:
  • FAFSA On the Web - Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid on-line
  • FastWeb - Free scholarship and financial aid search
  • FinAid - A selection of links and references to financial aid information
  • ACT - Educational services for students and their parents
  • The United States Department of Education - Information and links to extensive federal financial aid resources
March 15, 2001 HEAB Thanks Governor McCallum

Madison - Executive Secretary Jane Hojan-Clark of the Wisconsin Higher Educational Aids Board (HEAB) used the occasion of Education Week to formally thank Governor Scott McCallum for his support of post-secondary financial aid programs over the past 14 years. During the 14 years that Governor McCallum has served as Governor and Lieutenant Governor, Wisconsin has experienced significant increases in the dollar amount, number of recipients and the number of programs aimed at helping give all Wisconsin residents an equal opportunity to attend a UW System college or university, a Wisconsin Technical College or a Wisconsin private/independent college or university.

During the time Governor McCallum has served, the following has occurred:
  • 85% increase in the dollars available for the financial aid programs administered by HEAB.
  • 15% increase in the number of awards to Wisconsin college students.
  • The creation of the following programs:
    • Academic Excellence Scholarship
    • Minority Teacher Loan
    • Minority Undergraduate Retention Grant
    • Teacher Education Loan
    • Teacher of the Visually Handicapped Loan
    • Wisconsin Higher Education Grant for Tribal Colleges

In expressing her appreciation, Secretary Hojan-Clark said, "Governor McCallum should be recognized and applauded for his long term commitment to funding higher education. His support has been invaluable in ensuring that thousands of wisconsin residents had, and continuing to have, access to higher education."

January 3, 2001 It's Time to Apply for Financial Assistance

Madison - Executive Secretary Jane Hojan-Clark of the Wisconsin Higher Educational Aids Board (HEAB) today issued a reminder to all Wisconsin residents who are thinking of attending college that now is the time to begin applying for financial aid for the upcoming 2001-2002 academic year.

Here are some tips on filing for financial aid:

APPLY EARLY - Applications for the 2001-02 academic year can be submitted anytime after January 1, 2001. Students and parents are urged to apply even if they do not believe they are eligible for financial aid. Almost two-thirds of all applicants get some sort of financial aid. The earlier an application is filed and processed the better the chance that financial aid will be available. In order to be eligible for most financial aid, the student (and in some cases the parent/s also) must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is available both on-line and in print. The FAFSA can be completed on-line at https://fafsa.ed.gov. If access to the Internet is not available, a copy of the 2001-02 FAFSA can be obtained at high school guidance counselor offices, at college or university financial aid offices or from the Wisconsin Higher Educational Aids Board.

The information on the FAFSA is used to determine a student's eligibility for federal and state financial aid.

DO YOUR HOME WORK - There are many different types and sources of financial aid. Aid can be in the form of grants, scholarships, loans and work-study. Aid can come from the federal government, the State of Wisconsin or the college or university a student attends. Some students and parents may not even know that they are getting financial aid from the State of Wisconsin because the process works so smoothly. One excellent source of financial aid information is the HEAB website. The HEAB website has links to many sources of free information including the United States Department of Education, FAFSA On the Web, and FINAID, which is a free scholarship search source. The HEAB website is available at http://heab.state.wi.us.