Bucky’s Tuition Promise PLUS

Bucky’s Tuition Promise PLUS is an expansion of our commitment to Wisconsin resident students.

The program is designed to assist Badgers from low-income households pay for college through a combination of grants, scholarships and work-study. It includes a commitment to meeting full financial need for incoming freshmen for four consecutive years and transfer students for two consecutive years.

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How do I know if I'm Pell-Eligible?

When you submit a FAFSA, the U.S. Department of Education determines an Expected Family Contribution (EFC), which is a measure of a family’s ability to pay for college, taking into account several factors. For more information on the process of calculating EFC, read the Department of Education’s page on the subject. The Department of Education has additional information on the Federal Pell Grant.

The Federal Pell Grant is a federal grant for students who have exceptional financial need and who have not earned a bachelor’s, graduate, or professional degree. If you are eligible for the federal Pell grant, it will appear as part of your financial aid offer.

What if I am no longer eligible for the Pell Grant during my time at UW-Madison?

Pell eligibility may change from year to year. If a student receives Bucky’s Tuition Promise PLUS during their first year at UW-Madison, they are still guaranteed to have their full financial need met with grants, scholarships, and work study, but will need to contribute their Expected Family Contribution (EFC). Financial need is the total cost of attendance, minus your Expected Family Contribution, minus any of your other financial aid. For more information on financial need and EFC, visit the Department of Education’s website.

What is financial need?

Financial need is defined as the Cost of Attendance (COA) of an institution minus the Expected Family Contribution (EFC).

What is Bucky's Tuition Promise PLUS?

Bucky’s Tuition Promise PLUS is an expansion of our Bucky’s Tuition Promise guarantee. We guarantee grants, scholarships, and work study sufficient to meet full financial need for Pell-eligible Wisconsin Residents that intend to enroll in an on-campus program.

Who is eligible?

New incoming Wisconsin resident students that intend to enroll in an on-campus program, whether freshmen or transfer, who are eligible to receive the Federal Pell Grant.

How long can a student participate?

These grants, scholarships, and work study are guaranteed for four (4) consecutive years or eight (8) consecutive semesters, not including summer, for freshman; and (2) consecutive years of four (4) consecutive semesters for transfers.

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Do students need to apply for Bucky's Tuition Promise PLUS?

No. Eligible students are automatically notified of Bucky’s Tuition Promise PLUS as they are admitted into UW-Madison and our office receives their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). No separate application is necessary and the Office of Student Financial Aid will notify eligible students via email and post mail.

Is the FAFSA required?

Yes! All students eligible for Bucky’s Tuition Promise PLUS are required to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and are required to do so on an annual basis.

Do students need to complete a FAFSA every year?

Yes. Students should complete their FAFSA by our priority deadline, December 1, each year. The Office of Student Financial Aid holds events throughout the fall semester to assist students with completing the FAFSA.

What if a student is not attending school full-time?

We strongly encourage students to maintain full-time enrollment; however, our financial aid commitment will cover a student’s full cost of tuition and segregated fees for the number of credits s/he chooses to take. However, the commitment is only guaranteed for either eight (8) semesters for incoming freshmen or four (4) semesters for incoming transfers.

What grants/scholarships will a Bucky's Tuition Promise PLUS student receive?

Students are offered both their full federal and state grant eligibility and UW-Madison meets the rest of their financial need through various institutional grants and scholarships.

How do outside scholarships affect a Bucky's Tuition Promise PLUS student’s financial aid offer?

Grants are decreased to make room for the student to receive the full scholarship. Overall, the student doesn’t receive less funding, but cannot receive more than their financial need.  Students should inform us if they are receiving a scholarship as soon as possible.

Are the monthly workshops required?

Although they are not mandatory, the goal of the monthly workshops is to support students beyond providing financial aid.

These workshops provide students the opportunity to connect with other Bucky’s Tuition Promise PLUS students over a meal while learning about different campus and community resources. Some of the workshop topics include information on funding study abroad experiences, funding graduate school, stress management and resume building.

See our event listings to the right for upcoming workshops.

What academic standards must a Bucky's Tuition Promise PLUS student maintain to continue receiving financial aid?

All students receiving financial aid must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).

Your academic record is reviewed at the end of each fall (late December/early January) or spring (late May/early June) semester.

Upcoming Financial Aid Workshops