Contrary to what many people think, summer is not too late to apply for college. While class selection may not be ideal, students are accepted up until the start of classes at many campuses, including The University of Wisconsin-Washington County (UW-WC) in West Bend. Classes at UW-WC begin Tuesday, September 6.
Some good advice for procrastinators is to start by asking yourself a few simple questions. First, does the campus have the programs I'm interested in? Next, is it the right size for me? UW-WC offers freshman and sophomore classes in over 250 majors, as well as small class sizes. A last-minute campus visit, and an appointment with an adviser, may also help you answer some of these questions.
It's also important to ask yourself if you possess the right tools to be successful in college. If you've been away from school for a while, or struggled with your high school coursework, think about what skills you may need to sharpen before diving into college. Also, ask about courses that may be available to help you. At UW-WC, several non-degree courses are available in English, Mathematics and study skills. These courses taken during your first semester will help you build confidence and get back in the swing of things. Of course, you'll also need to take placement tests to determine which English and Math courses to enroll in.
Next you need to complete the application process, which can be done online or in person. Visit http://apply.wisconsin.edu/ to apply. The application fee is $50. You will also need a high school transcript, and if you are younger than age 21, recent ACT or SAT scores.
Another important question is, can I afford it? Paying tuition is often the biggest hurdle for students. After submitting your application for admission, be sure to apply for financial aid. Grants, loans and work-study employment opportunities all can lighten the financial burden for students. There's still time to apply for financial aid, but the sooner you complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (www.fafsa.ed.gov), the sooner you'll know what your financial aid award package is. By attending UW-WC, you may also be able to save a significant amount of money by living at home and keeping your current job. UW-WC offers the lowest tuition in the UW System and the bookstore is implementing a textbook rental program this fall for additional savings.
Finally, be realistic. If you can't complete all the preparation for fall classes, enroll in just one or two classes or wait until the spring semester. Use the extra time to get organized and save some money. When you start is immaterial – the important thing is that you do start. To learn more about UW-WC, visit washington.uwc.edu or phone the Student Affairs Office at (262)-335-5201.