Financial Aid and Scholarships

Paying for college is an EXTREMELY important consideration in the post-secondary planning process. Here are some common sources for higher education funding:

  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
      • Families fill out this application to qualify for higher education federal grants and loans.
      • Monetary awards that are distributed as a result of the FAFSA are based off of family income. Families are required to report their income from their prior-prior year taxes. An Expected Family Contribution amount is calculated. The remaining cost of attendance may be awarded through grants (do not need to be paid back) and loans (must be paid back).
      • The FAFSA can be filled out beginning October 1st.
      • Many colleges and universities have financial aid priority deadlines--typically in February or March.
      • Wausau East holds a Financial Aid Night every October in partnership with Wausau West and DC Everest. Families should attend this presentation if they don't have any experience with the FAFSA.
      • Northcentral Technical College holds College Goal Wisconsin each year. This event is staffed with professionals who will answer FAFSA related questions and assist families with filling out the application. Go to for more information.
  • There are a number of SCHOLARSHIP RESOURCES available for Wausau East students
    • Colleges and universities often award scholarships to incoming students, and each school has their own application process. Typically, high school GPA and standardized test scores have a large impact on scholarship selection. For more information, search "scholarships" on the specific university website.
    • Wausau East is notified of a number of local and regional scholarships throughout the school year. These are posted on our Scholarship Website. There is also a box with the same information in the Career Center. We recommend that students access this box or the website regularly.
    • Each year, Wausau East awards Local Scholarships to a eligible students. These scholarships are typically sourced by community and school organizations or on behalf of foundations with Wausau East connections. Students who have a 3.3 cumulative GPA after the 7th semester of high school will be eligible to apply for scholarships. They will receive the application in an email and will be required to schedule and attend an interview with the scholarship committee. Scholarship Awards are presented to students at the beginning of May.
    • There are a number of websites devoted to scholarship searches. Please be aware of scams. Students should never be asked to pay to enter a scholarship competition. Fastweb is one of the more reputable scholarship databases.