University of Wisconsin–Madison

Accepting Aid

1. Receive Email Notification

You, the student, are sent an email notification with your financial aid award notice. Emails from our office will always be sent to your wisc.edu email account, unless you haven’t yet set it up. Once you have the email, you’ll also be able to view the offer through your MyUW Student Center.

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 award offer are automatically accepted on your behalf. You will need to actively accept any offers of federal work study and loans. Offers not accepted can be canceled after 60 days of no response.

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 www.studentloans.gov.

Institutional Loans also require a Promissory Note (MPN), but you’ll sign it online through borrower.ecsi.net.

About the Award Offer

  • Understanding Your Offer

    Your expected family contribution (EFC) as determined by your FAFSA determines your financial need and eligibility for various sources of financial aid.

    The total amount of need-based and gift sources of financial aid (grants, scholarships, subsidized loans, and work study) cannot exceed a student’s financial need.

    Only unsubsidized loans, PLUS, or private loans can cover any portion of your EFC.

    Depending on when you review your offer, any scholarships you’ve been offered from UW-Madison may or may not yet be reflected.

    For more information – review our Types of Aid.

  • Reporting Non-UW Aid

    You are obligated to notify us if you receive any type of financial assistance that you did not originally indicate to our office not already listed on your award notice. We may need to adjust your financial aid award as a result of your Non-UW financial assistance.

    To notify our office, submit an Administrative Request through your MyUW Student Center.

  • Can additional scholarships impact my offer?

    Sometimes.

    Because free and need-based sources of financial aid cannot exceed a student’s financial need, if your current financial aid offer is already meeting your full financial need and another scholarship is reported – other financial aid will have to be reduced to make room for the additional funds. We will always notify you via email of any changes made to your financial aid award.

  • Additional Funding Sources*

    *This is not a comprehensive list.

  • Appealing Your Offer

    If your family’s income or expenses have changed dramatically since submitting the FAFSA, you may appeal.

    To appeal, inform us of your special circumstances by sending a written statement explaining your situation in detail along with supporting documentation to us (email, fax, or mail). Be sure to include your name and campus ID number. We will notify you as soon as possible of any change resulting from your special circumstances.

    Read more about Special Circumstances here.

    Because of funding limits, please be aware that a recalculation of your financial aid eligibility does not guarantee that any additional aid will be offered to you. To ensure fairness and compliance with federal, state, and university regulations there are limits to the circumstances we can consider.

    We do not consider or match offers of financial aid from other schools.