College and Future Planning

Need Help Completing your FAFSA?

Need help completing the FAFSA? Iowa College Access Network (ICAN) is presenting events throughout the state, as well as at several locations in the Des Moines area, from October 1, 2017, through March 1, 2018. Receive professional help filing your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), ask questions, get advice on paying for college, and learn about scholarships. For a complete list of dates, times and locations visit

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Helpful Websites for College and Future Planning was created to provide students and parents with the know-how to plan and pay for college. This interactive website offers a variety of resources and tips to help you through each step of the process and provide you with the power to plan your future.

Big Future by The College Board

Big Future is a comprehensive website designed to help students make a plan for college, find colleges that fit their needs and interests, and explore ways to pay for their education.  The College Board is a non-profit organization offering programs and services that help students achieve college readiness and success in higher education. Programs include the SAT and Advanced Placement (AP) program.

College Basics

This website offers a wealth of helpful information for students and families preparing for college, choosing colleges and paying for colleges.

Iowa College Access Network (ICAN)

Planning for a career and college, filing for financial aid and mastering your financial situation can be confusing and intimidating. For that reason, ICAN’s team of Student Success Advisors work directly with Iowa students and their families. Whether at one of eight ICAN locations, at a career and college access program in an individual community or school, through email or by phone, ICAN’s team of experts are here for every Iowan. All ICAN programs and services are offered without charge.

ICAN also produces a great resource for Spanish-speaking families sending a student to college:

Monday, April 30th, 2018, at 6:00 P.M. in the WCC Media Center.

Free Financial Aid Presentation for Seniors and Parents

Do you know how you’ll pay for college?

If you’re a senior planning for college (or the parent of one), you probably have questions about the financial aid process. Planning for college, filing for financial aid and mastering your financial situation can be confusing and intimidating. But WCC parents and students can find answers during a free presentation by the Iowa College Access Network (ICAN) being hosted at WCC.

Topics will include:

  • The financial aid process;
  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application review;
  • Understanding FAFSA results;
  • Understanding the costs – college comparisons;
  • Financial aid options;
  • Scholarships process;
  • Where to go for help;

Be sure to join us for the Iowa College Access Network® (ICAN) Financial Aid Presentation

 If you have any questions, contact me.

Leah Lingren, WCC School Counselor

515-633-6481 or



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Leah Lingren
(515) 633-6481