University of Wisconsin–Madison

Receiving Aid

Federal Regulations restrict the disbursement of financial aid until 10 days before classes begin each fall and spring semester (5 days for the summer semester).

You can track which funds have been disbursed into your tuition account by accessing the Student Center through your MyUW.

  • In the Finances section of the Student Center, click on Tuition Account Summary and the appropriate semester. This will give you that semester’s Account Detail including charges, payments received, anticipated financial aid, and processed refunds.
  • Learn more about Tuition Assessment and Billing.

Payment information

  • All types of financial aid are scheduled to begin disbursing and are applied directly to your tuition account:
    • 10 days before the first day of class for the fall and spring semester, and/or
    • 5 days before your first summer session
  • If you have accepted a Federal Direct Loan (Subsidized or Unsubsidized) for the first time, you must complete both Entrance Counseling and a Master Promissory Note online. You can confirm completion of those requirements at that same link.
  • If you have accepted a Perkins loan for the first time, you must complete a Master Promissory Note. If you have accepted any other types of Institutional Loans, you must complete a new Promissory Note each academic year.
  • Missing loan requirements will delay disbursement of funds.
  • Scholarship checks should be sent to the Bursar’s Office to be applied to your tuition account. Check out the Bursar’s instructions for sending scholarship checks.
  • There are other reasons why your financial aid may not have disbursed – contact our office with any questions.

Financial aid disburses directly to your tuition account balance.

Access the Registrar’s tuition and fee schedule to view the tuition and fee schedule – make sure to select your correct student career.

The Bursar’s Office provides the tuition bill as an electronic eBill and sends an alert to your wisc.edu email account and any authorized payers’ email when a new eBill is available to view. See more details on locating your eBill.

Check out instructions on setting up authorized payers, whether they be your parent(s) or others.

Email tuition and fee questions to: tuition@bussvc.wisc.edu – Make sure to include your name and Campus ID number.


If you have remaining financial aid once tuition has been paid in full, a refund will be processed by the Bursar’s Office.

  • eRefunds, or direct deposit refunds, are processed daily (M-F) and sent to the bank account that you set up in your MyUW Student Center. To view or update your bank account information, look for eRefund Management under the Finances section of the Student Center. It can take 1 – 3 days for the funds to post to the bank account once processed.
  • Paper check refunds are processed weekly and mailed to the Mailing Address as listed in your Student Center. It is your responsibility to maintain your correct contact information. Please allow up to 10 business days for delivery. If you do not receive the check, you’ll need to work with the Bursar’s Office to have it reissued.
  • Parents due a PLUS Loan refund can choose to have the eRefund sent to their student or a paper check mailed back to themselves. Contact directloans@finaid.wisc.edu if you need to update the address on file.

Financial aid is only applied to your tuition account balance. If there are any funds remaining after tuition has been paid in full, they are sent to you, the student, as a refund. Once you have your refund, it is your responsibility to make a payment to housing.

If you’re living in UW Housing, you can indicate that you’ll be using financial aid to pay your UW Housing bill in your My UW Housing portal. You are still responsible for paying quarterly Housing bills by the due date, but make sure to note the alternative due dates for those paying with financial aid.

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