2 - Apply for Scholarships
Scholarships are an excellent way to help reduce the costs of higher education. To match to, apply for, and accept campus scholarships, please log into the Wisconsin Scholarship Hub (WiSH) using your UW Netid and password.
Applications for Incoming Freshmen typically open in early November and have deadlines in early February. Applications for Continuing Students can be open at any time, so log in to your WiSH dashboard often to check for new scholarship matches and apply. For additional information about UW-Madison scholarships, including FAQ and contact information, please visit our Scholarship Information page.
There are also many opportunities for scholarships through outside organizations and businesses – take time to research what else may be out there for you to apply. WARNING! Never pay or provide credit card information when searching for or applying to scholarships.
3 - Keep an Eye Out for Email Notifications
The financial aid office may request additional information. About 20% of students are selected for a process called verification which requires the school to collect documentation to confirm the accuracy of your FAFSA. You can also view any requested materials through our Verification Portal.
**As of May 18, 2022, the Department of Education has provided for temporary changes to the federal student aid verification process for the 2022-23 year. For the remainder of the 2022–23 application cycle, verification will focus on identity theft and fraud and should significantly reduce other barriers that have prevented students most in need, from accessing critical financial aid funds.
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How will I know which, if any, documents are required?
Our office will notify you (the student) via email if any documents are required before we are able to process your FAFSA. The email will direct you to our Verification Portal where you will see exactly what’s being requested. Some documents can be completed online and signed electronically; others may have to be obtained elsewhere and uploaded to our system.
What if I have questions about what I've been asked to submit?
What is the deadline for submitting verification documents?
We encourage those selected to submit any requested documentation within 21 days after receiving their e-mail notification.
Should I send in documentation, even if your office hasn't requested it?
Do NOT submit any documents to our office that are not specifically requested. Submitting unsolicited documents could delay the offering of your financial aid.
I submitted my FAFSA, but haven't heard from your office - What should I do?
Incoming Students (Undergrad/Grad/Professionals):
- We will not begin processing a FAFSA until you have been fully ADMITTED to your program.
- Confirm that you sent the FAFSA to the correct school with our School Code: 003895. It is a common mistake for our students to list the wrong school code.
Academic year financial aid offers typically begin going out in February/March. Offers for Summer in April/May.
4 - Taking Classes Off Campus
Considering taking classes at another University? A consortium agreement is an agreement between two schools that one school (HOME school – UW-Madison) will provide financial aid while you (the student) temporarily takes classes at another institution (HOST school).
- You can take all of your courses at another institution or you can take some courses at UW and some at another institution. BUT,
- Half-time enrollment must still be met at ONE school. Credits between multiple schools cannot be added together to equal half-time.
- If you choose to study at Madison College (MATC), you MUST be concurrently enrolled at least half-time at UW-Madison (except during the summer term).
- Your HOST school must be an approved Title IV School, in other words they have a federally-issued School Code and can process federal financial aid. We, therefore, cannot approve consortium agreements with most foreign schools, a broker, or other agency.
- There are additional documents that need to be complete before your consortium will be approved, so start early!
Contact our office for more information as well as to receive copies of the required documents to be completed.
You may be able to receive financial aid while participating in a UW-Madison study abroad program. Make sure to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the applicable study abroad office on campus will notify the Office of Student Financial Aid of your specific study abroad program and the applicable cost of attendance.
The Office of Student Financial Aid will revise your cost of attendance to reflect your study abroad program. If the revision to your cost of attendance results in a change to your financial aid eligibility, we will notify you via email.
More information on UW-Madison study abroad programs can be found on the International Academic Programs website.
Contact our office with questions or to schedule an appointment to discuss funding options for study abroad.
5 - Need Summer Financial Aid?
Financial aid for the summer term is more limited than what is available for the academic year. The most common type of financial aid offered for summer are Federal Direct Loans which depends on your remaining eligibility for the year and you must be enrolled at least half-time. But based on your unique situation, you may be eligible for other summer financial aid, like an institutional grant or Federal work-study.
You will be notified via email of any financial aid eligibility for Summer 2023 a week or two after you enroll in summer courses. Financial aid eligibility for Summer 2023 will be based off of your 2022-23 FAFSA.
Available from mid-April until August each year, our Summer Net Price Calculator can be used for an estimate of the federal, state, and institutional financial aid you may be eligible for if taking summer classes – check back for the link!
If you are considering taking summer classes at a different college/university (see Consortium Agreements above), contact our office, as additional paperwork will be required.
We strongly recommend that students also apply for the Undergraduate Scholarship for Summer Study . That application will open February 13, 2023 and is due April 9, 2023.
If you or your family have experienced significant changes in income or have expenses that are not reflected on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), your special circumstances may be eligible for a professional judgment. A professional judgment allows a financial aid office to adjust certain elements on the FAFSA to account for special circumstances that have not been adequately considered.
Special circumstances are considered on a case-by-case basis and to ensure fairness and compliance with federal, state and university regulations, there are limits to the circumstances we can consider.
Because of funding limits, please be aware that a recalculation of your financial aid eligibility does not guarantee that any additional financial aid will be offered to you.
These are just a few examples of the special circumstances we can consider and the supporting documentation you can submit to support your request.
|Circumstance||Supporting Document Types|
|Parent loss of job/income||Last pay statement; letter of layoff|
|High medical/dental bills not covered by insurance and/or high cost of insurance premiums||Medical/dental bill invoice, copy of insurance premiums or statement of medical/dental costs; detailed explanation of excess costs|
|Reduction or loss of untaxed income such as child support or social security benefits:||Loss of benefits letter; loss of support letter; detailed explanation for loss of untaxed income|
|Student loss of income resulting from return to school after ceasing full-time employment:||Last date of full-time employment; last pay statement|
|Child care costs for student’s dependent(s)||Daycare bill or other child care related costs|
|Death of a parent/spouse||Nothing required beyond signed statement|
Circumstances we are NOT able to consider include (but are not limited to):
- Car payments
- Consumer debt, including credit cards
- High mortgage payments
- Tuition expenses for a parent in college
We appreciate that this may be a difficult situation and therefore stressful or uncomfortable to share, but we ask that you notify our office. So we can better understand your special circumstance, you can either submit the Special Circumstances Request through your MyUW Student Center (select the Student eForms tile and then click on the Financial Aid folder) or download, complete, and submit our Special Circumstance Request Form . Send the completed form along with supporting documentation to us (e-mail, fax, or mail). Always be sure to include your name and campus ID number.
Upon review, we may find it necessary to request additional information. We will notify you of any change to your financial aid resulting from your special circumstance. Based on the time of year, it may take several weeks.
You only have to submit the FAFSA and provide required verification materials to our office once during the academic year. However, last call for submission of those materials depends on when you need financial aid.
BE CAREFUL! These deadlines do not necessarily align with tuition or housing deadlines each semester. If for some reason you cannot meet these deadlines, contact our office as soon as possible.
*Your last chance to request or makes changes to a Federal Direct (Sub/Unsub/PLUS) or Private Loan is always the Friday before Finals Week each semester.
FAFSA Priority Deadline – December 1, 2021
Fall 2022 Semester ONLY Financial Aid Applicants – November 15, 2022
Spring 2023 Semester ONLY Financial Aid Applicants- April 15, 2023
2022-23 Academic Year (Fall and Spring) Financial Aid Applicants – April 15, 2023
FAFSA Priority Deadline – December 1, 2022
Fall 2023 Semester ONLY Financial Aid Applicants – November 15, 2023
Spring 2024 Semester ONLY Financial Aid Applicants- April 15, 2024
2023-24 Academic Year (Fall and Spring) Financial Aid Applicants – April 15, 2024