Important Dates You Need to Know in 2017

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Financial Aid Office blogger Kaitlyn Keech shares dates and info for new and returning Pointers to mark on their calendars.
Hello, Pointers! It’s never too late to prepare for your future. The first step is to become aware of dates and deadlines. Although the next school year might seem far away, it is actually approaching fast!

 

I’ve organized a timeline of dates for students attending (for the first time or returning!) to UW-Stevens Point in the fall, to help you stay on track.

 

Here’s a recap of dates and deadlines that have passed:

 

Oct. 1, 2016:  The FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid, opened up for the 2017-2018 school year last fall. If you haven’t filled it out yet, it’s not too late!

Be sure to list UW-Stevens Point’s school code, 003924, as a recipient of your information. Act quickly, and you can still receive aid. Complete the application here.

Read 5 Things You Need to Know About the FAFSA here. (Note: College Goal Wisconsin dates have passed, but you should keep them in mind when filling out the FAFSA next year.)

 

March 2017: Our Financial Aid Office began sending and emailing award letters to new incoming students last month. To accept your award for the 2017-2018 school year, log into accesSPoint, the UW-Stevens Point student information system.

If you receive any outside awards, like scholarships, it is important to let the Financial Aid Office know through the Scholarship Reporting Form. These outside resources may affect the amount and type of federal aid a student receives from the university – typically replacing the least desirable form of assistance.

 

Take note of these upcoming dates:

 

April 15, 2017 is the tax filing deadline with the IRS. Keep copies of your tax documents as they may be needed by the Financial Aid Office in the future.

 

Early May 2017 is when the Financial Aid Office sends award letters for the upcoming summer, fall and spring semesters to returning students who are also FAFSA applicants.

 

May 2, 2017 is a presentation covering the financial literacy resources offered on campus. Learn how you can better manage your finances including student loans. This is presented by the Financial Aid Office in a partnership with the School of Business and Economics at UWSP. For more information, click here.

 

Now is the time to become financially literate! UW-Stevens Point offers GradReady, an online, interactive financial literacy resource. This program covers topics such as paying for college, money management, and student loan repayment. Check out my blog post detailing GradReady here.

 

There is plenty of information about education loans, scholarships, tuition costs, and more on the Financial Aid Office website. There is a financial literacy webpage, too!

 

Becoming aware of these dates is a key step in preparing for your future. Here at UW-Stevens Point, we want you to succeed! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to stop by UW-Stevens Point’s Financial Aid Office, located in room 106 of the Student Services Center. We are happy to help students and Pointer parents!
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