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Who is WiscAid?

WiscAid is a team of researchers committed to helping more students successfully complete college degrees.  We understand how expensive college is and are looking for ways to make it more affordable.  Our team consists of faculty and graduate students affiliated with the University of Wisconsin Survey Center (UWSC) and the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER).  The WiscAid Project Director is Tara Piche at the University of Wisconsin Survey Center. Tara can be reached by email and is happy to answer any questions you have about the project.

What does it mean to participate in WiscAid?

You should have received a letter inviting you to participate in WiscAid, along with a survey to complete and return to us. If you did not receive an invitation and would like to participate, please let us know by contacting Tara Piche, the WiscAid Project Director.

What are the benefits of participating in WiscAid?

We know that you’re taking time out of a busy schedule to help us out. That’s why we’ve enclosed $5 with the questionnaire you received, and why we’ll send you an extra $25 once you mail your completed questionnaire back to us. It’s our way of saying thanks.

Will participating in WiscAid take a lot of my time?

It’s easy to participate in WiscAid! We’ve worked hard to minimize the time burden on you while also getting the most complete picture we can of your experience as a college student.

What types of information will you collect and how will my information be used?

It’s up to you. Participation in WiscAid is voluntary and we ask you to share only the information that you feel comfortable sharing. In addition to your questionnaire responses, for example, we ask your permission to access high school and college information that will help us learn more about you.

Is my information kept confidential? How will my privacy be protected?

Participation in WiscAid poses minimal risk to you, and WiscAid researchers have taken every step to ensure that your information remains confidential and secure. Your name and the name of your school will never be shared or reported to anyone.

How do I find out about the study results?

We’re eager to tell you what we learn. Check back regularly for updates on this website. You are also urged to share your views on financial aid and your college experience with the researchers and other participants through the “Have Your Say” discussion board.