Eligibility and Deadlines

General Eligibility

To be eligible for financial aid, a student must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a United States citizen or an eligible non-citizen of the United States. International students are not eligible for federal and state aid where completion of a FAFSA is required to determine eligibility.
  • Be enrolled in at least six credits per semester. Exceptions are made to the six-credit rule for Pell Grant funding.
  • Demonstrate financial need for most types of aid, including grants, Federal Work-Study, and need-based loan programs (Direct Subsidized Student Loan). There are some exceptions to this rule, including the Direct Unsubsidized Student Loan and the Parent PLUS Loan. Refer to the Financial Aid Award Guide for more details.
  • Not have defaulted on any educational loan or owe a repayment on any previous federal grant provided by any postsecondary institution.
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress.

Additional Eligibility

  • Students must be a resident of the State of Wisconsin to receive state grant program funds, including the Wisconsin Grant-UW Students. 
  • Withdrawal or failure to complete courses may result in loss of continued eligibility. Review Academic Progress Requirements.
  • Students who are convicted of drug possession or sale while receiving financial aid may have their eligibility for aid impacted. Review the Drug Conviction Info document on the Forms Page for more information.
  • Students who are incarcerated have limited eligibility. Discuss circumstances with the Student Affairs Office.

Deadlines

Application Time Frame for 2015-2016 School Year
Steps To Apply 2015-2016 When to Expect/Submit Deadline
Complete the 2015-2016 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and release information to UW Colleges, Federal School 003897 January 1, 2015 Processed FAFSA with calculated Expected Family Contribution must be received by UW Colleges 4 weeks prior to the end of the student's enrollment
If selected for Verification, submit requested documentation/forms to the Student Financial Aid Office. Document request will be sent to the student's UW Colleges email account. When requested Deadline determined by enrollment,
see Forms Page
Receive Financial Aid Award Offer notice sent to the student's UW Colleges email account. April 2015  
Accept Aid in PRISM through Self Service   Before the end of the student's enrollment
Financial Aid Census Date: finalize class schedule/enrollment in PRISM to establish aid eligibility for the term based on that enrollment Within the first 10 class days of the term Fall 2015
11:59pm
September 16, 2015


Spring 2016

11:59pm
February 5, 2016 

 

Application Time Frame for 2014-2015 School Year
Steps To Apply 2014-2015 When to Expect/Submit Deadline
Complete the 2014-2015 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and release information to UW Colleges, Federal School 003897 January 1, 2014 Processed FAFSA with calculated Expected Family Contribution must be received by UW Colleges 4 weeks prior to the end of the student's enrollment
If selected for Verification, submit requested documentation/forms to the Student Financial Aid Office When requested Deadline determined by enrollment,
see Forms Page
Receive Financial Aid Award Offer April 2014  
Accept Aid in PRISM through Self Service   Before the end of the student's enrollment
Financial Aid Census Date: finalize class schedule/enrollment in PRISM to establish aid eligibility for the term based on that enrollment Within the first 10 class days of the term Fall 2014
11:59pm
September 15, 2014


Spring 2015

11:59pm
February 6, 2015