How to Apply

For most financial aid programs, students are required to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). As the name states, the FAFSA is free. The information provided on the FAFSA will help the school determine the student's eligibility for financial aid.

The purpose of financial aid is to help students and families meet educational expenses that cannot be met through their own resources. Financial aid can be either need based or non-need based. The results of the FAFSA along with the cost of education will determine whether or not a student has financial need.

There are several types of financial aid available. Grants and scholarships are considered "gift aid" because they generally do not have to be repaid. Loans and student employment are considered "self-help aid" because loans have to be repaid and by working you earn money for educational expenses. Approximately two-thirds of all students attending the University of Wisconsin Colleges receive some type of financial aid.

Financial Aid Application Information

Financial Aid Process
An overview of the process and a checklist of items to do in order to receive aid.

Eligibility and Deadlines
Criteria students must meet to be eligible for financial aid. Priority dates and deadlines for submitting a financial aid application and related documents are provided.

Dependency Status
Find out when a student is required to include parental information as part of the financial aid application process.

Consortium Agreements
Students may receive aid from only one school for the same enrollment period/term. Credits may be combined to increase eligibility for aid at the home school. 

Study Abroad
Upon request, the UW Colleges Student Financial Aid Office will add the cost of a study abroad trip to a student's Cost of Attendance.

Transfer to Another School

Financial Aid doesn’t directly transfer between schools. Each institution creates an award package based on the Cost of Attendance of the institution, a student’s Expected Family Contribution, and the aid available at the school.

In order to receive aid from another institution students must release the FAFSA information to the new school by adding the institution’s school code to their FAFSA.

Adding a school code to a FAFSA:

  1. Log in to your FAFSA at and click on the “School Selection” Tab at the top of the page (use your Federal Student Aid ID to access your FAFSA).
  2. Search for the school or enter the Federal School Code to locate the school.
  3. Check the box next to the school and click “Add”. Click “next” at the bottom of the page.
  4. Choose your housing plans for that school from the dropdown. Click “next” at the bottom of the page.
  5. Go to the “Sign & Submit” tab at the top of the page. 
  6. Click “Submit My FAFSA NOW” at the bottom of the page.

UW Colleges School Code: 003897