By Ryan Gebler

It’s getting to be that time of year again. No, I’m not referring to the cold Wisconsin winter weather. I’m referring to “financial aid and scholarship season.”

If you’re planning to enroll as a freshman this fall at Edgewood College (or even if you’re still totally undecided), I recommend sitting down today and applying for financial aid. The March 1, 2010 scholarship deadline will be here soon.

Here are 4 things every incoming freshman should do or know:

1. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (a.k.a. “the FAFSA”) online at

2. Apply for “institutional scholarships” (a.k.a scholarships offered by the college). If you’re already admitted to Edgewood College, you can complete the scholarship application (a.k.a. the Edgewood College Financial Aid Application) online at

3. Search for outside scholarships. I’d recommend starting with scholarships offered through your high school,  your parent’s work, or your community. You might also find some scholarships worth applying for on the websites listed below. (Note: never pay money to apply for a scholarship!)  

4. And finally, I’ll refer you to words of encourage from one of my favorite TV shows, The Office. Here’s Michael Scott quoting Wayne Gretzky:

You miss 100% of the shots you don't take