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).
If that day falls on a weekend/holiday, which is common, financial aid will disburse at the end of the next business day.

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

  • Use the Financial Account tile in your Student Center to get to your Account Balance. Use the side bar to select Account Inquiry, select the term, and you can see 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 the disbursement date falls on a weekend or holiday, which is common, financial aid will disburse at the end of the next business day.
  • All financial aid is offered on an assumed full-time enrollment status. If you will be less than full-time, your financial aid may need to be adjusted before it can be disbursed to your tuition account.
  • 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 any Institutional Loans, you must complete a Promissory Note. You will need to complete a new Promissory Note each academic year you accept an Institutional Loan.
  • 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 Bursar’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 (Direct Deposit) after you click on the Financial Account tile in your 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.

Fall 2019

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 your housing balance.  Make sure to have your payment for your semester Housing bill submitted before the due date! 

** New for Spring 2020**

Beginning in Spring 2020, housing and tuition charges will appear together on one university bill!  This means that financial aid will be directly applied to both tuition and housing charges.  Our hope is that with these changes, we will streamline billing for a better, unified process with less confusion for students and families.