University of Wisconsin–Madison

Types of Aid

By completing the FAFSA, you will be considered for various types of financial aid from several sources.

Gift "Free" Aid

Scholarships

Students must apply online for UW-Madison scholarships through Scholarships@UW-Madison. Scholarships can also come from outside and private sources.

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Grants

Available from both the Federal and State governments as well as UW-Madison for undergraduate students working towards a first bachelor degree. General eligibility is based on your financial need. Grants do not need to be repaid.

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Employment Options

Federal Work-Study

A federal student aid program that provides part-time employment while you are enrolled in school to help pay your education expenses.

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Student Jobs

Even if your are not offered Federal Work Study, UW-Madison and the surrounding community are full of opportunities for students to work. Our online Job Center is updated daily with new opportunities, both on and off campus.

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Loans

Federal Loans

A federal student loan, made through the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program, for which eligible students and parents borrow directly from the U.S. Department of Education at participating schools, like UW-Madison.

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Institutional Loans

A variety of loans offered by and repaid to UW-Madison.

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Private Loans

Non-federal, private educational loans are offered by a lender such as a bank or credit union.