Happy St. Patrick's Day! Not only is this holiday a big deal in the city of Milwaukee, but MSOE has a special connection because St. Patrick is the patron saint of engineers. Who knew? Well, apparently everybody at MSOE, given the week-long celebration and schedule of events happening on campus. As this will be my first St. Patrick's Day with MSOE, I'm pretty curious to see how fun the week is!

Whether you're wearing green today or not, you can win some green by applying to one of these scholarships. May the luck of the Irish be on your side!

And please remember, file your FAFSA as soon as you can. If you have any questions, feel free to contact our office!

 

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(Wouldn't that be nice if professors felt the same way? )

 

Added Today
Biomedical Students: $5,000 NACME Scholarship. DUE April 1, 2014

ALL MAJORS: Alpha Kappa Alpha Scholarships; 2 opportunities. DUE April 15, 2014

High School Seniors: $1,000 Scholarship for being a child or grandchild of a Veteran. DUE April 15, 2014

Veterans: $3,000 Scholarship; No GPA or Major Requirement. DUE April 15, 2014


MSOE-Only Scholarships
DUE TODAY: EE Students: $4,500 Bruno Independent Living Aids Scholarship

DUE TODAY: EE & ME Students: $11,500 Helwig Carbon Scholarship
DUE TODAY: For High School Seniors coming to MSOE: $5,000 Daniel J. Moceri Scholarship

MSOE Incoming ME Students ONLY: $5,000 Precision Plus Scholarships, DUE April 1, 2014


Scholarships due this Week

DUE TODAY: EE Students: $4,500 Bruno Independent Living Aids Scholarship

DUE TODAY: EE & ME Students: $11,500 Helwig Carbon Scholarship
DUE TODAY: For High School Seniors coming to MSOE: $5,000 Daniel J. Moceri Scholarship

DUE TODAY: All students, all majors, NO GPA: Project Yellow Light Scholarship
DUE TODAY: Nursing Students: $5,000 Marshfield Clinic Scholarships

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Welcome back to the final quarter of the 2013-2014 school year! Campus is busy again and it got up to 55 degrees yesterday. Life is good. Want to know how life could be even better? By winning free money for school and scoring a paid summer internship! Before school gets too hectic, apply to one of these scholarships.

 

And, don't forget, MSOE's priority FAFSA deadline is this Saturday, March 15th. To be sure you can be awarded all of the need-based aid you are eligible for, submit your FAFSA this week - even if you have to use estimated tax information! If you have any FAFSA questions, please contact the Financial Aid Office!

 

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Added Today
All majors: $2,000 CSHEMA Scholarship - DUE March 31, 2014

College & High School Students: $,5000 Cognizant Making the Future scholarship - DUE March 31, 2014

High School & College Engineering Students: $3,500 International Aluminum Extrusion Design Competition - DUE March 31, 2014

Business students: $500 AfterCollege Business Student Scholarship - DUE March 31, 2014

High School Seniors & College Freshman: $2,000 Renewable Herbert Lehman Education Fund Scholarship - DUE March 31, 2014
Current Engineering Students: $2,000 Buildium’s Build U. Scholarship - DUE April 1, 2014


MSOE-Only Scholarships - Paid Summer Internships HERE!
$4,500 Bruno Independent Living Aids Scholarship (EE students) - DUE March 17th, 2014
$11,500 Helwig Carbon Scholarship (EE & ME students) - DUE March 17, 2014
DEADLINE EXTENDED, DUE 3-17-14: For High School Seniors coming to MSOE: $5,000 Daniel J. Moceri Scholarship
MSOE Incoming ME Students ONLY: $5,000 Precision Plus Scholarships, DUE April 1, 2014


Scholarships Due this Week
High School Seniors: USPAACC Scholarships for $2,500 to $5,000- DUE March 14, 2014
Professional Women in Building Scholarship - DUE March 14, 2014
Pulte Group/National Housing  Endowment Build Your Future Scholarship - DUE March 14, 2014
Nursing students/students with health care career interests: $1,500 Honey Lake Hospice Scholarship - DUE March 15, 2014


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Best of luck to all who apply for scholarships, and submit your FAFSA this week!

Happy March! It feels like spring outside and Leonardo DiCaprio finally won an Oscar last night! Approximately 0% of what I just said is true, you caught me. But what is true is how many great scholarship opportunities are available for you right here in this post. How do I know this? Some are open to all majors and don't even have a GPA cut off. No excuses; make something of your break week and apply!

 

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Added Today

Professional Women in Building Scholarship
National Housing Endowment Build your Future Scholarship
Nursing students/students with health care career interests: $1,500 Honey Lake Hospice Scholarship
All students, all majors, NO GPA: Project Yellow Light Scholarship
High School & College Engineering Students: $5,000 Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs Scholarship
High School & College Students, ALL MAJORS: Odenza Marketing Group Scholarship
CVE students: $10,000 ASDSO Scholarship


MSOE-Specific Scholarships
Weimer Industries Engineering Scholarship (EE, CE, ME, SE)- DUE TODAY
Weimer Industries Business Development Scholarship (BM, TC)- DUE TODAY
Thomas J. Stobbs '85/TLX Technologies Scholarship (ME)- Due March 6, 2014 (THIS WEEK)
Daniel J. Moceri Scholarship (Current High School Seniors, any engineering)- Due March 7, 2014 (THIS WEEK)
WAICU/ATI-Ladish Scholarship (ME)- Due March 7, 2014 (THIS WEEK)

Bruno Independent Living Aids Scholarship (EE)- Due March 17, 2014
Helwig Carbon Scholarship (ME & EE)- Due March 17, 2014
Precision Plus Scholarship (Current High School Seniors, ME)- Due April 1, 2014


Scholarships Due This Week
MSOE EE, CE, SE, ME Students: Weimer Industries Engineering Scholarship, DUE TODAY
MSOE BM & TC (and EE, CE, ME, SE) Students: Weimer Industries Business Development Scholarship, DUE TODAY
$20,000 NIH Undergraduate Scholarship- DUE TODAY
High School Seniors: BBB Student of Integrity Scholarship- DUE TODAY
All Grades, All Majors: $1,000 Frame My Future Scholarship- DUE March 5, 2014
MSOE ME Students Only: $3000 Thomas J. Stobbs '85/TLX Technologies Scholarship, DUE March 6th, 2014
For High School Seniors coming to MSOE: $5,000 Daniel J. Moceri Scholarship- DUE March 7
MSOE ME Students Only: $4,000 WAICU/ATI-Ladish Scholarship - DUE March 7th

CE, EE, IE, ME students: $3000 AIST Willy Korf Memorial Fund, DUE March 8th, 2014


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Best of luck to all who apply! Enjoy break week!

It's a busy week with finals here. As you will see, there's also a lot of new scholarship opportunities as well as 10 scholarships due this week. Several of those are only for MSOE students and come with PAID SUMMER INTERNSHIPS.

 

Focus on your exams, but if you need a break (or once you're all done- yay!), why not apply to a scholarship?

 

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Added Today

Deadline Extended: Penneco Scholarship - DUE February 28th, 2014

MSOE EE Students: $4,000 Bruno Independent Living Aids Scholarship - DUE March 17th, 2014

MSOE EE & ME Students: $11,500 Helwig Carbon Scholarship - DUE March 17, 2014

Nursing Students: $5,000 Marshfield Clinic Scholarships - DUE March 17, 2014

Current/Prospective Engineering & MIS Students: $2,500 Great Lakes Scholarship - DUE April 5, 2014

 

 

MSOE-Specific Scholarships

Hamilton Family Foundation Scholarship - Due 2-24-14
Saint-Gobain Scholarship - Due 2-24-14
Weimer Industries Business Development Scholarship - Due 2-26-14
Weimer Industries Engineering Scholarship - Due 2-26-14
Thomas J. Stobbs/TLX Technologies Scholarship - Due 3-6-14
WAICU/ATI-Ladish Scholarship - Due 3-7-14
Daniel J. Moceri Scholarship - Due 3-7-14

Bruno Independent Living Aids Scholarship - Due 3-17-14

Helwig Carbon Scholarship - Due 3-17-14

Precision Plus Scholarship - Due 4-1-14



Scholarships due This Week

MSOE EE Students: $2,000 Hamilton Family Foundation Scholarship- DUE TODAY

MSOE students only: Saint-Gobain Endowed Scholarship, DUE February 25, 2014

MSOE Students Only: Weimer Industries Business Development Scholarship, DUE February 26, 2014

MSOE EE, CE, SE, ME Students: Weimer Industries Engineering Scholarship, DUE February 26, 2014

Deadline Extended: Penneco Scholarship - DUE February 28th, 2014

Current or Prospective Business Majors & Engineering Majors: $25,000 Buick Achievers Scholarship - DUE February 28th, 2014

Involved in Community Service/Volunteering? $2,000 Scholarship- DUE February 28th, 2014

Current Nursing Students: $2,000 Scholarship, DUE March 1st, 2014

High School Seniors & College Freshman: Peace Scholarship, DUE March 1st, 2014

Any Engineering Field: $5000 Steinman Scholarship- DUE March 1st, 2014

High School Seniors: $5000 Diversity in Engineering Scholarship - DUE March 1st, 2014


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Happy Presidents' Day! Or Washington's Birthday, or Abraham Lincoln's Birthday, or just another Monday. If you've been eyeing up a new futon or something, check out all the furniture sales (I don't know why there are big furniture sales today but that's besides the point).

 

As Abraham Lincoln said, "I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday." You learn things each day, and the next you get to put that knowledge to the test. Today you learned about these scholarship opportunities. What will you do with that knowledge tomorrow?

 

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Added Today

Current or Prospective Business Majors & Engineering Majors: $25,000 Buick Achievers Scholarship - DUE February 28th, 2014

CE, EE, IE, ME students: $3000 AIST Willy Korf Memorial Fund, DUE March 8th, 2014

High School Seniors: USPAACC Scholarships for $2,500 to $5,000- DUE March 14, 2014


MSOE-Only Scholarships

Hamilton Family Foundation Scholarship - Due 2-24-14
Saint-Gobain Scholarship - Due 2-24-14
Weimer Industries Business Development Scholarship - Due 2-26-14
Weimer Industries Engineering Scholarship - Due 2-26-14
Thomas J. Stobbs/TLX Technologies Scholarship - Due 3-6-14
WAICU/ATI-Ladish Scholarship - Due 3-7-14
Daniel J. Moceri Scholarship - Due 3-7-14
Precision Plus Scholarship - Due 4-1-14


Due TODAY

Society of Women Engineers Scholarships

WI High School Seniors: Wisconsin Title I Association Student Scholarship


Best of luck to all who apply!

While we all know that education is a great investment in a person's future, many parents and students may not know of the monetary perks that paying for an education can bring them. Whether you're a brand new tax filer or a seasoned vet, you may not be certain about the different tax incentives that the federal government provides that can help defray the cost of higher education.

These incentives come in two different forms: tax credits and tax deductions. Tax credits reduce the amount of tax you are liable for, while tax deductions reduce the amount of income on which you pay taxes. In this post, we'll go over all of the incentives in both of these categories. More information can be found in IRS Publication 970 (http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p970.pdf).

 

Tax Credits

American Opportunity Tax Credit- Up to $2,500 per student

This credit offsets what you pay for the first four years of higher education by reducing the amount of income tax you pay. This credit is also partially refundable (up to $1,000 can be refunded if your credit is more than you owe in taxes).

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI) of $90,000 or less ($180,000 or less for married couples filing a joint return).
  • Have a student that was enrolled at least half-time for one term in 2013 in an eligible program leading to a degree, certificate, or other recognized credential at an eligible school.
  • Claim within the first 4 years of post-secondary education (undergraduate).
  • Student cannot have a drug conviction (possessing or distributing a controlled substance).
  • Must file a tax return to claim the credit (even if you are not required to file taxes).
  • Only the person claiming the student is eligible to claim the credit.
  • You cannot claim this credit if you are claiming the Lifetime Learning Credit or the Tuition and Fees Deduction for the student.


Lifetime Learning Tax Credit- Up to $2,000 per tax return

This credit is available for all types of post-secondary education (helpful to graduate students) and can be used to offset what you pay for tuition and fees, as well as other required expenses (books, supplies, equipment). This credit, unlike the American Opportunity Tax Credit, is non-refundable (meaning the maximum credit is limited to the amount of tax you owe).

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Modified Adjusted Gross income (MAGI) of $62,000 or less ($124,000 or less for married couples filing a joint return).
  • have taken any type of post-secondary education (you don't have to be pursuing a degree or certificate to qualify).
  • Students with drug convictions can still qualify.
  • Must file a tax return to claim the credit (even if you are not required to file taxes) and have some income liability.
  • Only the person claiming the student is eligible to claim the credit.
  • You cannot claim this credit if you are claiming the American Opportunity Tax Credit.

 

Tax Deductions

Tuition & Feed Tax Deduction- Up to $4,000 taxable income reduction

If you are not eligible for the tax credits listed above, this may benefit you. This deduction amount depends on your income and the amount of qualified tuition & related expenses paid for eligible students (tuition, fees, books, supplies, equipment). This is an adjustment to your income, so you can claim this deduction even if you do not itemize deductions.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI) of $80,000 or less ($160,000 or less for married couples filing a joint return).
  • Have a student that was enrolled in one or more courses in 2013 at an eligible institution.
  • Must file a tax return to claim the deduction (even if you are not required to file taxes).
  • Only the person claiming the student is eligible to claim the deduction.
  • You cannot claim this deduction along with a credit for the same student.
  • You cannot claim this deduction if you are married and file taxes separately or if another person can claim you as a dependent on his or her tax return.

 

Student Loan Interest Deduction- Up to $2,500 taxable income reduction

This deduction allows you to deduct interest paid on student loans for yourself, your spouse, or your dependents. This deduction amount depends on your income and the amount of interest paid. This is an adjustment to your income, so you can claim this deduction even if you do not itemize deductions.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI) of $75,000 or less ($155,000 or less for married couples filing a joint return).
  • Made payments on a qualified student loan (used to fund a student enrolled at least half-time in an eligible institution, pursuing a degree, certificate, or similar program).
  • Must file a tax return to claim the deduction (even if you are not required to file taxes).
  • You cannot claim this deduction if you are married and file taxes separately or if another person can claim you as a dependent on his or her tax return.

 

What you'll need:

1098-T

This is a statement from MSOE that will detail tuition & fees that you have paid for the calendar year of 2013. We mail the statement to your permanent address on or before January 31st, 2014.

1098-E (for Student Loan Interest Deduction ONLY)

This is a form sent from the student loan lender to the borrower, detailing the amount of interest paid for the 2013 year. Statements are mailed to the address on file.

 

Question of the day: Are Scholarships & Grants Taxable?

Scholarships, grants, fellowships and other gift aid that you have received in 2013 that are reported on your 1098-T may need to be reported as taxable income in certain circumstances. In general, however, if you are pursuing a degree, certificate, or program of training toward gainful employment, and used the funds to pay for tuition, fees, or required books/supplies/equipment, then they should not be counted as taxable income. More information on this is found in Publication 970.


Love is in the air. And by love I mean arctic winds, snow, and a general pleading to the Weather Gods for warmer temperatures.

 

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Maybe actual love is in the air for you this week with it being Valentine's Day on Friday and all. No matter your romantic status, I think you'll enjoy the photos in this post as well as the scholarships available. Show some self-love this Valentine's Day and give yourself the best gift of all: free money and a less stressful education!

 

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Added Today

$2,000 Community Service/Volunteering Scholarship- DUE February 28th
Current Nursing Students: $2,000 Scholarship- DUE March 1st
High School Seniors & College Freshman: Peace Scholarship- DUE March 1st
College Students: $20,000 NIH Scholarship- DUE March 3rd
WI High School Seniors: Student of Integrity Scholarship- DUE March 3rd
MSOE ME Students Only: $3000 Thomas J. Stobbs/TLX Technologies Scholarship- DUE March 6th
MSOE ME Students Only: $4,000 WAICU/ATI-Ladish Scholarship - DUE March 7th

 

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Snap-on Scholarship - DUE TODAY
Northern Waters Scholarship - Due 2-13-14
Hamilton Family Foundation Scholarship - Due 2-24-14
Saint-Gobain Scholarship - Due 2-24-14
Weimer Industries Business Development Scholarship - Due 2-26-14
Weimer Industries Engineering Scholarship - Due 2-26-14
Thomas J. Stobbs/TLX Technologies Scholarship - Due 3-6-14
WAICU/ATI-Ladish Scholarship - Due 3-7-14
Daniel J. Moceri Scholarship - Due 3-7-14
Precision Plus Scholarship - Due 4-1-14

 

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Due This Week

DUE TODAY (2-10-14): MSOE Students Only: $5,000 Snap-on Scholarship
DUE TODAY: CVE Students: $3,000 Scholarship - DUE February 10th, 2014
MSOE BioE Students Only: Northern Waters Scholarship - DUE February 13th
Incoming Freshman: Are you tall? Win a $1,000 Scholarship! DUE February 15th, 2014
Interested in NDT? $2,500 Robert B. Oliver Scholarship- DUE February 15, 2014
Sophomore Engineers: $2500 Scholarship DUE February 15, 2014
American Welding Society Scholarships: DUE February 15, 2014
AFA Teens for Alzheimer’s Awareness College Scholarship- DUE February 15th
High School Seniors: $2,000 APCA Scholarships, DUE February 15th
Current & Prospective Nursing Students: Two Scholarships from the DAR- DUE February 15, 2014


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Best of luck to all who apply!


And now, your rewards for reading all the way through:

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For the first time that I can remember in my life, I was actually bored watching a Super Bowl. I mean, even the commercials weren't that great this year. So, you're probably looking for some excitement this Monday. Well, thanks to me, you've got it! Check out these scholarships and look at all of the MSOE one's we're sponsoring right now too. Many come with internships, and what's more exciting than getting free money for school AND earning a paycheck?

 

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Added Today

AFA Teens for Alzheimer’s Awareness College Scholarship- DUE February 15th

High School Seniors: $2,000 APCA Scholarships, DUE February 15th

Current & Prospective Nursing Students: Two Scholarships from the DAR- DUE February 15, 2014

WI High School Seniors: Wisconsin Title I Association Student Scholarship, DUE February 17th

MSOE EE Students: $2,000 Hamilton Family Foundation Scholarship- DUE February 24th

All Grades, All Majors: $1,000 Frame My Future Scholarship- DUE March 5, 2014

MSOE Incoming Engineering Students: $5,000 Daniel J. Moceri Scholarship- DUE March 7

MSOE Incoming ME Students ONLY: $5,000 Precision Plus Scholarships, DUE April 1, 2014


All MSOE-Specific Scholarships

Snap-on Scholarships - DUE THIS WEEK (2-5-14)

Northern Waters Scholarship - Due 2-13-14

Hamilton Family Foundation Scholarship - Due 2-24-14

Saint-Gobain Scholarship - Due 2-25-14

Weimer Industries Engineering Scholarship - Due 2-26-14

Weimer Industries Business Development Scholarship - Due 2-26-14

Daniel J. Moceri, '76 Scholarship - Due 3-7-14

Precision Plus, Inc. Scholarship - Due 4-1-14

 

Due This Week

MSOE Students Only: $5,000 Snap-on Scholarship, DUE February 5th, 2014


Best of luck to all who apply!

Are you overloaded with homework, stressed about the term, and have been thinking about dropping a class or potentially withdrawing? Yes, this is time of the term that hits students hard, but it doesn't mean you have to pick up and leave. There are lots of reasons why you should take on the mindset of the Little Engine that Could, but we understand that it’s not always possible.

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If you’re seriously thinking about dropping a class, you need to consider the following things:

When is the last day to drop? The last day to drop any classes is Monday, February 3rd at 6pm.

Can you reach out for academic assistance? If you’re just stuck on a concept or nervous about an upcoming test because of course content, remember that there are resources available to you. The Learning Resource Center (LRC) offers tutoring of all kinds to assist you throughout the year. They have drop-in mathematics, physics, chemistry and writing help, as well as individual and group tutoring sessions. For more information, you can visit www.msoe.edu/lrc, call them at (414) 277-7274 or visit them in CC02.

Will dropping affect your Financial Aid? Any time you drop a class after the first Friday of the term, it has the potential to impact your standing with Financial Aid. What does that mean exactly? For Financial Aid purposes, we have a Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy that students must follow. In order to stay satisfactory with Financial Aid, you need to do two things: keep a 2.0 cumulative GPA and complete 67% of all of your attempted credits. The full policy can be found here: MSOE Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy.pdf.

What’s the bottom line? Think before you drop. Talk to staff members in both Financial Aid and the Registrar’s Office to fully understand the impact it will have on you.

 

If you have questions about this policy or you are thinking about dropping a class or withdrawing, call or come in the Financial Aid Office as soon as you can. We have an open-door policy and are open Monday-Thursday 8am-5pm and Fridays 8am-4:30pm.

The Grammys were Sunday, The State of the Union Address is tonight, and the Superbowl is this coming Sunday. What a week for television, pop culture, and memes! I don't think we've quite figured out what was under Pharrell's hat, though Buzzfeed has some interesting theories here and here. I'm going to pretend that it's filled with scholarship dollars for you all because I'm a cool (if cool means nerdy of course) Financial Aid Counselor like that.

 

 

Scholarships Added Today

FAA Scholarships, Due February 1st

$2,500 Robert B. Oliver Scholarship, Due February 15th

$2,500 scholarship for sophomore engineers, Due February 15th

American Welding Society Scholarships, Due February 15th

MSOE-only: Saint-Gobain Endowed Scholarship, Due February 25th

MSOE-only: Weimer Industries Engineering Scholarship, Due February 26th

MSOE-only: Weimer Industries Business Development Scholarship, Due February 26th

 

Due This Week

$1,000 Scholarship for Milwaukee & Ozaukee County Residents: DUE January 31st

ANS Scholarships: DUE Feb 1st

Current & Prospective IE Students: Autodesk Scholarship - DUE February 1st

ME & IE Students from WI: Lawrence A. Wacker Memorial Scholarship- DUE February 1st

FAA Scholarships: DUE Feb 1st


Currently Available MSOE-Only Scholarships

Snap-on Scholarship, Due Feb 5th
Northern Waters Scholarship, Due Feb 13th

Saint-Gobain Endowed Scholarship, Due Feb 25th

Weimer Industries Engineering Scholarship, Due Feb 26th

Weimer Industries Business Development Scholarship, Due Feb 26th

 

Best of luck to all who apply!

For once, I'm going to be totally serious. Today is a very special day: Martin Luther King Jr. Day. While he was certainly a prominent civil rights leader, he also was dedicated to community, service, and education. Ideally, we should strive to work together, build equality, and strengthen our communities every day. So while you might ponder why you are in school today when many other schools are not, take at what he said about education:

 

 

Embrace the opportunity to receive education as a gift, and use it to make the world a better place. People are willing to pay it forward to you to accomplish your goals, so see the generosity of others as a gift too and apply for a scholarship today.

 

Added Today

CVE Students: $3,000 Scholarship - DUE February 10th, 2014

Incoming Freshman: Are you tall? Win a $1,000 Scholarship! DUE February 15th, 2014

Any Engineering Field: $5000 Steinman Scholarship- DUE March 1st, 2014

High School Seniors: $5000 Diversity in Engineering Scholarship - DUE March 1st, 2014


Due This Week

ME Students: $2,000 Penneco Scholarship, DUE TOMORROW (1-21-14)

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship - DUE January 24th, 2014


MSOE-only Scholarships

$3000 Boldt Company Scholarship - DUE January 27th, 2014

BioE Students Only: Northern Waters Scholarship - DUE February 13th


Best of luck to all who apply!

The craziness of the Holiday season has past, I won't care about football until next season, baseball is still far off, and I'm less motivated than ever to leave my house on the weekends. Maybe you can relate? Now might be a good time to use that extra free time to take a break from binge watching T.V. (my newest addiction is The Mindy Project) and think ahead for how you're going to pay for school next year.  Make sure you file the FAFSA, and, while you're at it, why not apply to a scholarship too?

 

Also, today is our big Scholarship Presentation Event. Come eat free pizza and hang out with the fun folks in Financial Aid (hey, that's me!), Career Services, TRiO, and Development.

 

 

Added Today

ANS Scholarships - DUE February 1st, 2014

Current & Prospective IE Students: Autodesk Scholarship - DUE February 1st, 2014

ME & IE Students from WI: Lawrence A. Wacker Memorial Scholarship- DUE February 1st, 2014

Society of Women Engineers Scholarships: Due February 17th, 2014


MSOE-only Scholarships

$3000 Boldt Company Scholarship - DUE January 27th, 2014

$5,000 Snap-on Scholarship, DUE February 5th, 2014


Due This Week

Students interested in Energy & Energy Careers: WAEE Scholarships, DUE January 18th, 2014


Best of luck to all who apply, and I hope to see you TODAY at noon!

The combination of the network finally being back up (and being able to do work), the polar vortex, and a still-enduring sadness following the Packer loss delayed me getting Money Monday out yesterday, and for that I apologize. However, if there is one thing I've learned from those three events, it is that students are on the Hub.

 

I read through the spirited debates about whether school should have been cancelled and it filled me with optimism. Why? Because you're discussing institutional policy, you're discussing privilege and what it means, and you're discussing your rights and responsibilities as students. As somebody who participated in protests, wrote letters to administration, and participated in sit-ins and teach-ins as a student during my undergraduate career, it makes me feel more connected to you students here.

 

Before I run the risk of saying something deep and substantial, let me throw in this image, and then introduce you to the scholarships this week.

 

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Special Event
Scholarship presentation with FREE Pizza. Next Monday (1-13-14), noon, multipurpose room. BE THERE. Click Here for more info.

 

NEW Today
Students interested in Energy & Energy Careers: WAEE Scholarships, DUE January 18th, 2014

$1,000 Scholarship for Milwaukee & Ozaukee County Residents: DUE January 31st, 2014

MSOE Students Only: $5,000 Snap-on Scholarship, DUE February 5th, 2014


Posted During Break (in case you missed them- these are HUGE)

$7,500 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship - DUE January 24th, 2014

MSOE Students Only: $3000 Boldt Company Scholarship - DUE January 27th, 2014


Best of luck to all who apply!

It's that time of year again- the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (more commonly referred to as the FAFSA) will be available January 1st and thousands of students are gearing up to submit theirs. The FAFSA can be confusing to many students, parents, and even school officials. But with this quick guide to the FAFSA along with some "do's and don'ts", you should be prepared to file yours!

To start us off, I just wanted to give you the basics. The official FAFSA website is www.fafsa.gov- not www.fafsa.com. If you go to this second website (or anything other than www.fafsa.gov), you may end up having to pay to have your FAFSA processed. Remember, the first "f" in FAFSA stands for "free", so use the official government site to submit your application. NEVER pay for financial aid assistance!

What else do you need to know? Our school code is 003868, which you will need when it asks you to select schools to send your FAFSA to. And finally, our priority deadline is March 15th! What does this mean? Filing by the priority deadline will give you the best chance to get the full amount of federal and state grants you are eligible for! No, it's not the final deadline for the FAFSA, but if you are a Pell Grant, Wisconsin Tuition Grant, or other state or federal grant recipient, we encourage you to get yours in as soon as possible! Now, the part we've all been waiting for... FAFSA do's and don'ts!

DO:

  • File a FAFSA every year. Many students and parents think that the FAFSA is a "one and done" process, but it's not! Remember to file a 2014-2015 FAFSA if you will be in attendance (and would like financial aid) for the 2014-2015 academic year.
  • Prepare your federal income taxes early. Be sure to have your parents prepare their taxes early, too, especially if you are a dependent student.
  • Get a PIN now. This Personal Identification Number (PIN) is used for many things, but in relation to the FAFSA, it allows you to sign electronically! If you already have one, you will not need to apply again. If you do not have one or forgot yours, you should visit the PIN website at www.pin.ed.gov. *Dependent students should make sure that their parents also have a PIN.*
  • Make sure to use your legal name, as shown on your Social Security card. Enter your SSN carefully. An incorrect SSN may delay your application, meaning you miss important deadlines ad opportunities for aid! So double-check before you hit "submit".
  • Read every question carefully and complete every field according to the FAFSA instructions. The computer often reads a blank as an error, and the FAFSA will not always tell you when something is wrong. The FAFSA is equipped with a lovely tool- skip logic- that helps you avoid answering unnecessary questions.
  • Answer the question about work-study. If you're interested in getting a job on campus, most of our positions are for work-study students. Keep in mind that even if you say "yes" to this question, you may not be eligible for work-study funds.
  • Save your online work frequently. Maybe you'll have to get off your computer to grab a bite to eat, check out that new episode of "Luther", or just don't have the time to complete the FAFSA all in one sitting. The website allows you to save your work and return to it later- so take advantage of this feature and don't lose your answers!
  • Review your Student Aid Report (SAR) carefully. The SAR is what gets sent to the schools of your choice and has valuable information for you as well. Not only will this report give you a glimpse of what you can expect for Federal Pell Grant and student loans, but it will also tell you if there are any errors or if you are selected for verification.

 

DON'T:

  • Assume you are ineligible for financial aid. Even the child of a millionaire can still qualify for student loans- you never know what you may qualify for!
  • Forget to sign before you submit. When filing, make sure to use the correct federal PINs for you and your parent(s).
  • Procrastinate. Schedule a time to complete the FAFSA before March 15th and increase your chances of getting all the aid you deserve! Some funds run out quickly and you don't want to be placed on a waiting list for funds that you could have received if you would have filed early.
  • Hesitate to contact our office. We're here to help you with any and all of your financial aid questions- including how to file the FAFSA, explaining different errors that were made, or to help you understand the different aid types we have offered you.

 

So go out there and get started! Gather your materials and get ready to file your FAFSA after January 1st. Keep in mind our priority deadline of March 15th. If all else fails, ESTIMATE- DON'T BE LATE! 

 

Missed the FAFSA walk-through video we posted? Find it here: How to Fill Out the FAFSA - YouTube

Need a nice reminder of the priority deadline? RSVP to our event and add it to your calendar! FAFSA Filing Priority Deadline

It's Winter Break! Sleeping, eating, catching up with friends and family, playing in the snow, and planning the perfect New Year's Eve out that will only leave you wishing you had stayed home and ordered Chinese are probably all on your agenda. Well, with all this free time, why not apply to a scholarship? I am very excited to promote the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and the Boldt Company Scholarship this week in addition to a reminder of scholarships due before the year is through.

 

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New

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship - DUE January 24th

Boldt Company Scholarship for MSOE students only - DUE January 27th

 

Due This Week

WI Society of Professional Engineers Scholarship - DUE TODAY

 

Get the most out of 2013; Scholarships due by the end of the year

AfterCollege Engineering Scholarship - Due December 31st

AFSCME Family Scholarship - Due December 31st

NSA Electrical Engineering Student Scholarship - Due December 31st

Measurement Science Conference Scholarships - Due December 31st

Nursing Student Scholarship- Due December 31st

"Impact a Life" Scholarship- Due December 31st

Courage to Grow Scholarship- Due December 31st

 

Best of luck to all who apply, and enjoy your Winter Break!