FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CLEVELAND, WI —
Lower completion rates of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) among area high school seniors are being reported on the Federal Student Aid website studentaid.gov. To assist students and parents in completing the application, Lakeshore Technical College is hosting two FAFSA & Scholarship Open House Nights. Events are scheduled for March 11 at LTC Manitowoc, 600 York St., and March 18 at LTC Sheboygan, 1320 Niagara Ave. Attendees may stop by either event anytime between 5-7 p.m.
LTC recommends attendees bring their 2019 tax returns and associated records. Parents or guardians of dependent students are encouraged to attend with students. Masks and physical distancing are required on all Lakeshore campuses.
Details and registration can be found at gotoltc.edu/fafsa-open-house.
Many families have difficulties completing the FAFSA, which is required for students seeking federal funds to help pay for college. It is also normally required by colleges providing need-based scholarships. The amount of aid received is often a key factor in a student’s college decisions. During the 2019-2020 academic year, 47 percent of program students at LTC received financial aid, excluding scholarships.
Fewer students completing the FAFSA may lead to more spring graduates entering the lower paying unskilled workforce rather than preparing for higher paying jobs requiring training and education beyond high school. Sheboygan North High School seniors completed 115 FAFSA forms, which is 12 percent fewer than last year. Manitowoc Lincoln High School seniors completed 86 FAFSA forms, or 18 percent fewer than last year.
Data on the Federal Student Aid website includes FAFSA forms processed through February 19, 2021 and the same time period last year.
About Lakeshore Technical College
Each year more than 10,000 people enroll in courses at Lakeshore Technical College. They rely on LTC for job preparation, to earn a degree, upgrade a specialized skill, train as an apprentice, or seek a high school equivalency. LTC faculty and staff meet students where they are in life and help them get one step closer to achieving their goals.
LTC is a nationally recognized technical college. The college was ranked the #2 two-year college in the nation for adult learners by Washington Monthly, #20 in the nation for two-year college educational outcomes by WalletHub.com, a top-150 two-year college for the fifth consecutive time by the Aspen Institute, and a top 10 Bellwether Award finalist for two consecutive years.
Approximately 800 students graduate from LTC each year, and LTC’s associate degree graduates earn a median salary of $42,000 per year. In addition to the Cleveland campus, LTC serves students in Manitowoc and Sheboygan, and offers classes at additional sites throughout the district. Visit LTC at gotoltc.edu.