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Summer Financial Aid

Your summer cost of attendance (COA) is an ESTIMATE of what it will cost you to cover the expenses of attending UW-Madison for your specific period of enrollment. Although the actual cost of attending varies depending on your particular spending habits, the university bases your financial aid award on your COA.

Learn more about COA Definitions

Tuition & Fees – assessed by the Office of the Registrar based on your enrollment.

Room & Board – an allowance for the cost of housing (whether on- or off-campus) and food.
Miscellaneous & Travel – general expenses to maintain a healthy lifestyle and get yourself to and from campus.

Calculated based on the number of weeks enrolled.









Misc. & Travel



Weekly Total $410.00


Books & Supplies – a standard allowance for the costs of any class-related materials, no matter your credit level or weeks enrolled.

Undergrad Grad/Professional
Books & Supplies $200


To view your specific summer cost of attendance, log into your MyUW Student Center – under Finances, click View Financial Aid and then the current aid year.  Look for a link on the next page labeled Cost of Attendance, EFC, and Need.  Your budget amount will be a blue link for you to click to see the breakdown of your specific COA.

You must meet the same eligibility requirements to receive financial aid during the summer term.

The BIGGEST difference in summer is how half-time enrollment is determined:

Undergraduate, Pharmacy, and Law students must have an enrollment status of at least half-time to be eligible for summer aid. Half-time enrollment status in the summer is based on the number of credits you are enrolled in, as well as the total number of weeks you are enrolled for in the summer session.

In order to be eligible for summer aid, be enrolled in at least 2 credits for 4-5 weeks, 3 credits for 6-8 weeks, 4 credits for 9-10 weeks, or 5+ credits for 11+ weeks.

Graduate, Medical & Veterinary Medicine
students must be enrolled for 2 credits for at least 4 weeks to be eligible for aid.

Dissertators must be enrolled for at least 3 credits for at least 4 weeks to be eligible for aid.

  1. For Summer 2017, submit the 2017-18 FAFSA – school code 003895
  2. Initiate your summer application through your MyUW Student Center. Under Finances, click View Financial Aid, then the upcoming academic year (2018) and look for the Summer Application link to notify our office of your summer financial need.
  3. UNDERGRADS – apply for the Undergraduate Scholarship for Summer Study.  The application opens March 1 through your Scholarships@UW dashboard and is due by April 4.
  4. Keep an eye out for email notifications – our office will notify you (the student) via email if any documents are required before we are able to process your FAFSA.

If you are considering taking summer classes at a different college/university, contact our office, as additional paperwork will be required.

Most students are only eligible for Federal Direct Loans (subsidized/unsubsidized) and possibly Federal Work-Study in the summer term.

  1. Receive email notification – You, the student, are sent an email notification with your SUMMER financial aid award notice.
  2. Log into MyUW Student Center – Access your Student Center through MyUW.  Once in your Student Center, under Finances, click Accept/Decline Awards and then the current aid year.
  3. Review and accept/decline your offer – grants and scholarships within your offer are automatically accepted on your behalf.  You will need to actively accept any offers of federal work-study and loans.
    1. If you’d like to accept LESS loan than what’s offered, first ACCEPT the loan.  The accepted amount field will then open up for you to adjust.
    2. REMEMBER!!! Because Federal Direct Loans have an annual maximum that cannot be exceeded during an academic year, any direct loan you accept for the summer will reduce what you have left to use for the fall and spring semesters.  Example: My annual loan maximum is $7,500.  If I use $3,500 for the summer term, I’ll only have $4,000 to split between the fall and spring semesters ($2,000/each semester).
  4. First-time Federal loan borrower? Complete your loan requirements – Federal Direct Loans all require a signed Master Promissory Note (MPN) and many will also require that you complete Entrance Counseling.  Both requirements are completed online through

Federal Regulations restrict the disbursement of financial aid until 5 days before your specific summer session begins.

More details on receiving your financial aid can be found here.


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