Does EON provide financial aid?
EON cannot provide funds to pay for college or any other educational program. However, we can help you access federal, state, and private funds in the form of grants, loans, or scholarships for which you may be eligible. We also can help you identify other types of unique funds that may be available to you, such as tuition reimbursement benefits offered at some companies for their employees.
How can a prospective participant meet with an Educational Counselor if he or she does not live near an EON office?
As EON is a community-based program, EON staff can meet with prospective participants through a network of satellite sites located in adult education centers, libraries, and community-based agencies within the program's 14-county area. Go to Contact Us to find the location nearest you.
Does EON provide services to individuals who are only interested in enrolling at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire?
No. Although housed and sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, EON is a UW System program that helps eligible persons pursue their educational goals at any postsecondary institution.
How can an agency sponsor an EON workshop at their site?
For Eau Claire, call us at 715-836-2024 or toll free at 1-800-335-3113 to schedule a workshop.
Is there any cost for EON services?
No. EON is a program funded by a grant from the UW System. As a result, all EON services are free of charge.
Who is eligible to participate in the program?
EON serves adults, age 19 and older, who are interested in pursuing postsecondary education. EON serves the following 14 counties: Barron, Buffalo, Chippewa, Clark, Dunn, Eau Claire, Jackson, Pepin, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, Taylor,Trempealeau and Washburn.
What other programs does EON work with to help participants?
The following are some of the programs/agencies with which the EOC works:
- Workforce Resource
- Department of Human Services
- Job Centers
- State Health Departments
- Department of Corrections
- Four-year universities
- Technology Centers
- Two-year Colleges
- Vocational Rehabilitation
- Veterans' Affairs
- Western Dairyland
- Public Libraries
- Technical Colleges
- Workforce Connections
Where are EON participants placed?
Participants may be placed in adult basic education classes, GED classes, technology schools, proprietary schools, two-year colleges, or four-year universities. In some cases, clients may be referred to literacy or ESL programs.
What is FAFSA?
FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The FAFSA is the application that will allow you to be considered for free federal money (grants), federal work/study programs, and/or federal loans to assist you with the cost of higher education. Most accredited postsecondary educational institutions strongly recommend that all potential students apply/submit their FAFSA each year. EON recommends that all students submit their FAFSA early each year – your school will determine your eligibility and award amount. Make sure you check with your school's financial aid office what federal student aid programs it offers.
Can you help me fill out the FAFSA?
Absolutely! EON coordinators can assist you to complete and submit your FAFSA. Filling out FAFSA may seem confusing at first, and we are more than happy to help you fill it out step by step, and apply! Remember, as with all EON services, this one is FREE too!
When do I need to apply for the FAFSA?
The earlier the better! The FAFSA forms for the upcoming year are available online January 1st of each year. Many college and university financial aid offices strongly recommend submitting your FAFSA application online prior to the priority deadline which is February 14th. If you submit your FAFSA early – you may also be considered for additional funding based on a first come-first serve basis. The bottom line is: do not procrastinate – apply early! Call the EON as early as possible if you need assistance completing your FAFSA.
How do I apply for Pell Grant?
In order to apply for Pell Grant, one of the several federal education grants, you will need to apply for FAFSA. Need help? Contact your local EON Coordinator.
Are there any other funding sources that can cover my education costs?
Yes! There are grants and scholarships available that can assist with the cost of your education. It is recommended to check with your school’s financial aid office about what scholarships and funding resources they offer. In addition, contact your EON Counselor to assist with additional resources and information.
What if I do not know which career is best for me?
You’re not alone! Many people entering colleges are not sure what career path is best for them. However, EON can help by providing career assessments to identify your interests, strengths, likes and dislikes. Based on this information you will be able to set clear and focused educational/career goals. Contact your EON Counselor for assistance to identify your career goals and to plan your educational journey.
What if I want to transfer to a different college?
Whether you are planning to transfer from a community college to a four-year college, relocating to another area and/or would like to continue your education, we are here to help you. EON can assist with the transfer process: admissions, transfer requirement information, financial aid applications, transcript requests and necessary referrals.
What schools can you help me enroll into?
We can help you enroll into any accredited 2-year or 4-year college, or vocational/technical school in the U.S.!
Can you help me find financial aid for college?
Yes! Though EON does not operate any scholarship funds itself, we know where to find money for college! Your EON Coordinator will provide you with necessary information, resources and help you complete financial aid applications.
What is GED?
GED stands for General Educational Development test – which is the equivalent of a high school diploma. If an individual does not have a high school diploma, she/he may take the GED exam. However, most states have specific GED age and educational requirement before enrolling in GED programs and taking the GED exam. Most postsecondary schools require students to have a H.S. diploma or a GED certificate before they apply for/receive financial aid for higher education. Many colleges who offer GED classes may also provide special incentives for GED completers, it is best to ask your GED instructors.
How do I obtain GED?
You will need to take a GED exam which is offered at many official GED Testing Centers throughout your state. A lot of them are located in local community colleges, adult learning centers or public schools. Your local EON Coordinator can help you find the nearest adult education/GED program in your community.