WAUSAU (WAOW) -- Karlyn Wormuth and her sister Kendal are taking the next step in their education.
With Karlyn already in college, and Kendal on her way, the fear of student loans, bills and financial aid weigh heavy on their minds.
"You don't want that added stress on your family, and you to make sure you pay everything on time," Kendal Wormuth said.
That's why the two headed to Northcentral Technical College for a statewide event. The event offered parents and students assistance in applying for college financial aid. A task that can sometimes be daunting.
"Tuition, books, meal plan...it all adds up," Kendal said.
Financial experts say, with the growing need for financial aid, students are encouraged to apply early. The first step, filling out a free application for federal student aid. A form that must be completed by every student and can be their ticket to getting money for college.
"Every student doesn't realize there is so much out there. So much opportunity for them to apply for financial aid and pay for college," Department of Public Instruction Supervisor Sharon Hunter said.
Financial experts say hundreds of thousands of financial awards are given out every year. in 2011, students at NTC alone received more than 19-million dollars in grants and loans.
"College is so important. In 2013 63% of jobs will require some type of degree beyond high school," Hunter said.
For the Wormuth sisters, they say they know the value of getting the financial help they need, to live the life they want.
"It's reassuring to know it's there," Karlyn said.
"You want everyone to have the same opportunities as you and this gives all an equal chance," Kendal added.