Thank you, Danae.
On September 9, 2015, Milwaukee Area Technical College introduced the MATC Promise, a new initiative that will provide free college tuition for eligible 2016 high school graduates.
The response to our announcement from area high school seniors and their families was overwhelming! Our initial goal was 1,000 students for the first cohort. We were thrilled that 2,969 students applied for the MATC Promise!
But now we are nearing a critical deadline and need your help
. All Promise applicants must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by Tuesday, March 15
. A completed FAFSA determines a student’s financial need and eligibility for the MATC Promise. Without a completed FAFSA and meeting the other eligibility criteria, applicants will not be able to benefit from our offer of free college tuition. To date, the number of completed financial aid applications is woefully low.
Please help us spread the word about this deadline. If you know a family who applied for the MATC Promise, please remind them of the upcoming March 15 deadline
. We realize that we are faced with an “all hands on deck” situation and need everyone in our community to help get the word out about the importance of completing the FAFSA. Detailed information about our financial aid workshops is available at matc.edu/promise.
We know the financial aid application can be a laborious, complicated process. In fact, data shows that completing the FAFSA is one of the most frequent barriers to young people pursuing post-secondary education.
To assist local families, we have scheduled a number of workshops at which our staff will walk them through the financial aid process. A common misperception about the FAFSA is that families need to have their 2015 tax forms completed … they do not
! Families can estimate earnings based on their 2014 tax documentation.
I firmly believe the MATC Promise will make a meaningful difference for young people and our entire community. I hope I can count on your support to reach out to families and share this important message.
Dr. Vicki J. Martin, MATC President
Financial Aid Information
Step-by-step guide to completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
The Financial Aid Office, S Building, Room S101, on the Downtown Milwaukee Campus will be open from 8 AM - 8 PM these dates:
Monday, Feb. 29 - Thursday, March 3
Monday, March 7 - Thursday, March 10
Monday, March 14 - Tuesday, March 15
Need help preparing your 2015 taxes? Assistance will be available on the Downtown Milwaukee Campus Thursday, February 25, from 6-7:30 PM. Register at 414-297-6668 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
. This session is limited to the first 20 registrants.
Financial Aid Workshops
Downtown Milwaukee Campus
S Building, Room S101 (Financial Aid Office); free parking at 8th & State Streets parking structure; bring your ticket for validation
Saturday, Feb. 27 8 AM-2 PM
Tuesday, March 1 5-8 PM
Saturday, March 5 8 AM -12 PM
Saturday, March 12 8 AM -12 PM
West Allis Campus
Tuesday, March 8 5-8 PM
Oak Creek Campus
Saturday, February 27 Room A106 8 AM-2 PM
Thursday, March 3 Room A135 5-8 PM
Thursday, March 10 Room B220 5-8 PM