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Learn how to get the most out of your financial aid package.

About the Event

We welcome current and future college students (as well as their parents and cosigners) to watch this webinar to learn:


Scholarships Hacks with Ayden Berkey (Co-Founder | Access Scholarships)

    • WHAT are scholarships?
    • WHY is applying for scholarships important?
    • WHO can apply for them?
    • WHERE can you find them?
    • HOW to get it all done, and win as much money as possible!


Private Versus Federal Student Loans with Ken Ruggiero (Chairman & CEO | Ascent Funding )

    • What are student loans and how do they work?
    • What’s the difference between federal and private student loans?
    • What should you look for in a private student loan?
    • When should you plan to make payments?
    • What should you do if you can’t make payments?


FAFSA Tips & Tricks Bill Brosseau (VP of Business & School Development | Ascent Funding)

    • How to complete your 2021-2022 FAFSA with confidence.
    • Tips to complete the 100+ question application before the deadline.
    • Common questions from students and parents who are applying for the FAFSA for the first time or returning from last year.
    • What’s included in your financial aid package?
    • How you can win other financial aid opportunities outside of the FAFSA.

The word “Free” is in its name: the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. If you feel you may need to pay someone to help you complete your application, watch this (free) webinar.

Meet the Panelists

Ayden HeadshotAyden Berkey, Past FAFSA Applicant (Co-Founder | Access Scholarships)

Ayden is a 2020 college graduate of UW-Madison, and presently the co-founder of Access Scholarships. She loves working with students to connect them to financial opportunities and prepare them for college and beyond! 

Ayden’s portion of the webinar, we will be taking a deep dive into all things scholarships, answering the following key questions: WHAT are scholarships? WHY is applying for scholarships important? WHO can apply for them? WHERE can you find them? HOW to get it all done, and win as much money as possible!

Bill Brosseau, FAFSA Expert (VP of Business & School Development | Ascent Funding)

As the VP of Business & School Development for Ascent Funding, Bill is working to fundamentally change Higher Education by aligning success between educators and students. His expertise is synthesizing impactful ideas across multiple constituents within a campus community. 

Bill is a well-respected and passionate public speaker who spent 10 years as a financial aid administrator and many more years helping colleges provide important tools that supported student access, progression, and graduation.

Ken Ruggiero, Higher Education Expert (Chairman & CEO | Ascent Funding )

Ken is a veteran and innovator in higher education finance with more than 25 years spent managing start-ups through Fortune 1000 companies, helping them create meaningful change and improvement in their delivery of financial services. Throughout his career, Ken has worked tirelessly to improve access to higher education and he continues to be a passionate advocate for expanded financial literacy and transparency in the space.  

During the webinar, Ken will share his experience going to college and finding the right resources to help him cover the cost. He will also discuss private student loans, and how Ascent is on a mission to set students up for success in college and beyond.

More About Ascent Funding

Ascent Funding is committed to revolutionizing how students pay for higher education and services at more than 2,500 traditional schools and coding bootcamps. Ascent believes education is an investment for the future, and we want to empower students from all economic backgrounds and disciplines to maximize the return on that investment.


More About Access Scholarships

Access Scholarships Summary: Access Scholarships is a free scholarship and college platform, created to connect high school, college, and graduate students with scholarships and other resources that are necessary for academic and personal success.