Your Offer

1 - Email Notification of Financial Aid Offer

You, the student, are sent an email notification with your financial aid offer. Emails from our office will always be sent to your wisc.edu email account, unless you haven’t yet set it up. Once you have the email, you’ll also be able to view the offer through your MyUW Student Center.

2 - Accept/Decline Your Offer

Access your Student Center through MyUW. Once in your Student Center, under Finances, click Accept/Decline Awards and then the current aid year.

Grants and scholarships within your financial aid offer are automatically accepted on your behalf. You will need to actively accept any offers of federal work-study and loans. Offers not accepted can be canceled after 60 days of no response.

3 - First Time Loan Borrower? Complete Loan Requirements

Federal Direct Loans all require a signed Master Promissory Note (MPN) and many will also require that you complete Entrance Counseling. Both requirements are completed online through www.studentloans.gov.

Institutional Loans also require a Promissory Note (PN), but you’ll sign it online through Heartland ECSI.

About the Offer

  • Understanding Your Offer

    Your expected family contribution (EFC) as determined by your FAFSA determines your financial need and eligibility for various sources of financial aid.

    Cost of Attendance – You can expect to have both direct costs (billed by the UW) as well as indirect costs (costs we estimate and you’re likely to incur, but are not billed by the UW). As the indirect costs are estimated, we strongly encourage you to plan your own specific budget based on your housing choice & meal plan, transportation needs, etc. Visit the Cost of Attendance page for more information.

    Grants & Scholarships – FREE money to help lower your cost to attend UW-Madison. Grants and scholarships are not repaid.

    Net Cost – this is your estimated cost of attendance minus any grants and scholarships that you were offered.

    Student Loans – Accepted loans will need to be repaid after you complete your degree. Subsidized loans do not accrue interest until after you graduate. Unsubsidized loans start accruing interest at the time of disbursement, but no student loan requires repayment until either you drop below half-time enrollment or graduate.

    Federal Work-Study – Provides the opportunity to work part-time for any UW-Madison department or for approved community non-profit organizations to help pay for college costs. Wages earned are paid directly to you via direct deposit. However, a student doesn’t have to have work-study to be able to work on-campus.

    The total amount of need-based sources of financial aid (grants, scholarships, subsidized loans, and work study) cannot exceed a student’s financial need.

    Only unsubsidized loans, PLUS, or private loans can cover any portion of your EFC.

    Depending on when you review your offer, any scholarships you’ve been offered from UW-Madison may or may not yet be reflected.

    For more information – review our Types of Aid.

  • Reporting Non-UW Aid

    You are obligated to notify us if you receive any type of financial assistance that you did not originally indicate to our office not already listed on your award notice. We may need to adjust your financial aid award as a result of your Non-UW financial assistance.

    To notify our office, please report this additional aid in your MyUW Student Center by following these steps:

    1. Log-in to your MyUW.
    2. Click on the link to your Student Center.
    3. Under the “Finances” Section, there will be a heading called “Financial Aid.” Beneath this heading, click “Accept/Decline Awards.”
    4. Click on the active Aid Year.
    5. In the bottom right corner of the next screen, click on “Report Other Financial Aid.”
    6. You will be taken to a page showing all aid from other sources that has been reported to our office. In the bottom right corner of the screen, click on “Report Additional Aid.”
    7. You will be prompted to enter information about your outside aid. Please select the time period you expect to receive the award, the type of award and then enter the amount of the award.
    8. Click “Save.”

    Your request can take 2 – 5 business days to process. Once it has been reviewed, you will receive e-mail notification from our office.

  • Can additional scholarships impact my offer?

    Sometimes.

    Because free and need-based sources of financial aid cannot exceed a student’s financial need, if your current financial aid offer is already meeting your full financial need and another scholarship is reported – other financial aid will have to be reduced to make room for the additional funds. We will always notify you via email of any changes made to your financial aid.

  • Appealing Your Offer

    If your family’s income or expenses have changed dramatically since submitting the FAFSA, you may appeal.

    To appeal, inform us of your special circumstances by sending a written statement explaining your situation in detail along with supporting documentation to us (email, fax, or mail). Be sure to include your name and campus ID number. We will notify you as soon as possible of any change resulting from your special circumstances.

    Read more about Special Circumstances here.

    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. To ensure fairness and compliance with federal, state, and university regulations there are limits to the circumstances we can consider.

    **We do not consider or match offers of financial aid from other schools.**

  • Additional Funding Sources*

    *This is not a comprehensive list.

Request Action

If you would like to have a revision made to your financial aid offer, please request an action from within your MyUW Student Center. To submit a request, please follow these steps:

  1. Log-in to your MyUW.
  2. Click on the link to your Student Center.
  3. Under the “Finances” Section, there will be a heading called “Financial Aid.” Beneath this heading, click “Accept/Decline Awards.”
  4. Click on the Active Aid Year.
  5. In the bottom left corner of the next screen, click on “Request Action.”
  6. Select “General Request(s)” as the “Request Type.”
  7. Enter any details for your request into the text box and then click “Save.”

Your request can take 2 – 5 business days to process. Once it has been reviewed, you will receive e-mail notification from our office.