Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and submit it to Federal Student Aid Programs. The FAFSA is available from any high school guidance couselor or the Financial Aid Office. The FAFSA can be completed after January 1 of the new year once the federal income tax returns for the previous year are completed. The FAFSA requires accurate information. Inaccurate information can result in time-consuming corrections. Submit the FAFSA by the priority date of April 15. Applications submitted after April 15 may be too late for many aid programs.
As a result of completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, the student will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR), which contains the results of a student's eligibility for financial aid. If it contains incorrect information, the student should make the necessary corrections on the report and return it to the address indicated on the form. Students are no longer required to submit the SAR to the Financial Aid Office.
The student must be accepted for admission to UW-Whitewater before the application will be considered.
Financial Aid Transcript (FAT) - Students must request a Financial Aid Transcript to be sent to UW-Whitewater from every post-secondary school that they have attended whether or not they received financial aid.
Ability to Benefit - Students seeking Title IV federal aid must have a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent GED. If students have neither, they must first pass an independently administered test proving the ability to benefit.
Additional information as requested.
Contact the Financial Aid Office for information and appropriate forms. All aid programs except the Foreign Student Grant Scholarship require U.S. citizenship or permanent residency. Students on foreign student visas (F-1's) are not eligible for federal or state funds.
OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION
CHANGE OF ADDRESS: All new students must notify the Admissions Office of a change of address. All continuing students must notify the Registrar's Office of a change of address. The Financial Aid Office relies upon those offices for accurate address information.
REAPPLY ANNUALLY: Students must reapply annually for all types of financial aid.
SUMMER SESSION: To apply for summer session financial aid, students must complete a Summer Session Application which is available in the Financial Aid Office. This is in addition to the FAFSA.
ACADEMIC PROGRESS: Students are required to comply with UW-Whitewater's Academic Progress requirement in order to maintain their eligibility to be considered for financial aid. Academic Progress requirements are published in the University's Registration Handbook and Timetable. Failure to meet the requirements will result in loss of eligibility for all major types of financial aid. Students will receive a report of their current status on the Student Information Form prior to registration each semester, and they will be informed at the end of the semester in which their eligibility has expired. Students who do not meet the requirements can appeal their academic progress status.
ADDITIONAL OUTSIDE RESOURCES: The student's financial aid package is subject to change based upon assistance received from other sources. This includes private scholarships, fee waivers, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation funds, resident/campus assistantships, ROTC, etc.
CONFIDENTIALITY: Written and verbal financial information concerning students and parents is confidential and will not be released without written permission.
REVISION DEADLINES: The Financial Aid Office will not accept a request to revise a financial aid package after November 15 for fall semester or after April 15 for spring semester.
CHANGES TO FINANCIAL SITUATION: The Financial Aid Office must be notified directly of changes which may affect the family's ability to provide financial assistance to the student. These changes may include loss of employment or benefits, a significant decrease in income, separation or divorce, death or disability.
WHAT WILL IT COST TO ATTEND UW-WHITEWATER?
Financial planning for college should begin with an estimate of what the total cost will be for one academic year at UW-Whitewater. While fees (tuition) and room and board expenses will represent the majority of the expenses, their are also expenses for books, laundry, personal supplies, entertainment, and travel. If realistic budgetary allowances for such items are made now, the final financial projections will be more accurate and useful. Allowances should also be made for increases in fees because of inflation and policy changes.
* Fees $2,400 * Room & Board 2,800 ** Books, supplies 450 Travel 650 Personal expenses 1,300 TOTAL $7,600* Estimates of out-of-state tuition and independent students' expenses are available from financial aid counselors. ** While most required undergraduate textbooks are available through the textbook rental system, some must be purchased. The following is a sample budget and need analysis for a dependent student paying in-state tuition:
Parents' Contribution $ 800 Student's Contribution + 800 TOTAL FAMILY CONTRIBUTION $1,600 Total UW-W Budget $7,600 Less Family Contribution -1,600 TOTAL NEED $6,000The following is a sample financial aid package for the same student enrolled full time:
Federal Pell Grant $650 Wisconsin Higher Education Grant 400 Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant 600 Federal Perkins Loan 1,000 Federal Work-Study 1,000 Federal Stafford Loan + 2,350 TOTAL $6,000
Students have the option of accepting all or part of the assistance offered.
Financial aid is calculated on the number of credits the student intends to take. Financial aid packages must be adjusted for less than full-time enrollment.