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Begin your financial planning for college 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 your expenses, expect to incur expenses for workbooks and supplies, personal items, laundry, entertainment, and travel. If you make realistic budgetary allowances for such items now, your final financial projections will be more accurate and useful.

These costs, projected for 2012-2013, are estimates based upon 2011-2012 actual charges plus inflation factors of 5 percent. Actual data may be obtained during the summer from Financial Services, pending the Board of Regents’ approval.

Wisconsin Residents

Tuition and Books $ 6,838 $ 7,832
Room and Board 5,452 7,800
Workbooks and Supplies 640 1,240
Transportation 850 850
Personal Expenses 1,500 2,480
TOTAL $15,280 $20,202

*Non-resident (except Minnesota & Midwest Exchange) undergraduates add $7,600 and graduates add $9,800 for non-resident tuition (estimate).

Note: Self-supporting students have higher cost estimates. Contact the Financial Aid Office for additional details. These college costs may not be exactly the same as those listed in other UW-Whitewater publications, as they are used solely to establish eligibility for financial aid. These costs are subject to change without notice.

While most required undergraduate textbooks are available through the textbook rental system, some must be purchased. Graduate students must purchase their textbooks.


The following is a sample budget and need analysis for a dependent freshman paying in-state tuition:

Total Estimated UW-Budget $15,640
Minus Expected Family Contribution (EFC) (as calculated through the application process) -1,199
TOTAL NEED $14,441

The following is a sample financial aid package for the same student enrolled full-time:

Federal Pell Grant $4,400
Wisconsin Higher Education Grant 1,952
Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant 600
Federal Perkins Loan 1,000
Federal Work-Study 1,200
Federal Direct Stafford Loan-Subsidized 3,500
Federal Direct Stafford Loan-Unsubsidized 2,000
Federal Direct PLUS Loan 988
TOTAL $15,640

Students have the option of accepting all or part of the assistance offered.

Financial aid is calculated according to the number of units the student intends to take. Financial aid packages must be adjusted for less than full-time enrollment.


All students who attend the University pay academic fees assessed by the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System. Academic fees are subject to change by the Board without notice. The information, policies, and fees described below are those in effect at the time this Catalog was prepared.



12.0-18.0 $3597.62 12.0-18.0 $7,384.10
11.0 3,297.80 11.0 6,768.74
10.0 2,998.00 10.0 6,153.40
9.0 2,698.20 9.0 5,538.06
8.0 2,398.40 8.0 4,922.72
7.0 2,098.60 7.0 4,307.38
6.0 1,798.80 6.0 3,692.04
5.0 1,499.00 5.0 3,076.70
4.0 1,199.20 4.0 2,461.36
3.0 899.40 3.0 1,846.02
2.0 599.60 2.0 1,230.68
1.0 299.80 1.0 615.34
.5 149.90 .5 307.67


9.0 & over $4,087.61 9.0 & over $8,817.20
8.0 3,633.44 8.0 7,837.52
7.0 3,179.26 7.0 6,857.83
6.0 2,725.08 6.0 5,878.14
5.0 2,270.90 5.0 4,898.45
4.0 1,816.72 4.0 3,918.76
3.0 1,362.54 3.0 2,939.07
2.0 908.36 2.0 1,959.38
1.0 454.18 1.0 979.69
.5 227.09 .5 489.85


9.0 & over $4,364.64 9.0 & over $9,107.28
8.0 3,879.68 8.0 8,095.36
7.0 3,394.72 7.0 7,083.44
6.0 2,909.76 6.0 6,071.52
5.0 2,424.80 5.0 5,059.60
4.0 1,939.84 4.0 4,047.68
3.0 1,454.88 3.0 3,035.76
2.0 969.92 2.0 2,023.84
1.0 484.96 1.0 1,011.92
.5 242.48 .5 505.96

Mandatory Segregated Fees are included in the resident and non-resident fee schedules above.

A non-resident fee is added to the academic fee for non-resident students. Students may be eligible for reduced non-resident fees. Programs that are available include the following:

  1. MINNESOTA RECIPROCITY - Minnesota residents can participate by filing an application with the Minnesota Higher Education Services Office.
  2. RETURN TO WISCONSIN - Undergraduates who are sons or daughters (or grandchildren) of UW-Whitewater alumni are eligible.

The fee for a College of Business and Economics undergraduate online BBA web course is $375 per credit. The fee for a College of Business and Economics graduate online MBA web course is $600 per credit. This rate will change every year as tuition rates increase.


The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents Excess Credits Policy requires that resident undergraduate students who earn more than 165 credits toward their first undergraduate degree pay a surcharge for all credits beyond 165. This surcharge will approximately double the tuition that resident undergraduates pay and will be applied to students in the term following the one in which they reached the earned credit limit.

The Excess Credits Policy covers all earned credits from UW-Whitewater as well as earned credits from other UW System schools or Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) schools that are accepted toward the first baccalaureate degree. Credits transferred from other colleges outside the UW System or the WTCS do not count toward the 165-credit limit. In addition, advanced placement, retroactive credits, credits by examination, and remedial credits do not count toward this limit.

Students who have questions about the policy should contact their college advisor.


In addition to the regular instructional fee and mandatory fee, approved course fees are charged for extraordinary costs such as art materials, sports-related fees, technology fees, etc. Special course fees are listed in the Schedule of Classes. Supplemental course fees (e.g., on-line fees, equipment costs, field trip expenses) may be refunded in full if the course is dropped by the 100% deadline; after that no refund of such fees is available. Costs associated with travel study courses are non-refundable.


The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater will require all new undergraduate students to pay a one-time $100 enrollment deposit for their first term of classes.

When students leave the University, they can request their enrollment deposit back by completing the request form and complying with the terms and conditions listed on the form.


  1. Eligible charges covered by the payment plan include tuition, meal plans, housing, and online class fees.
  2. An Activation Fee of 1.25% per month on the amount owed for eligible charges will be assessed when the two-month Payment Plan is activated.
  3. Half of the eligible charges for the payment plan will be allocated to the 1st installment and the remaining charges will be allocated to the second installment. Due dates are indicated below.
  4. Charges not eligible for the Payment Plan, such as Course Fees, Health Center Charges, Purple Points, Weight Room Charges, Library Fines, Textbook Charges, etc. are due in full by the due date indicated on student's bill at the time of billing.



The UW-Whitewater bills students for their tuition and fees via the campus email address system. Student Accounts emails e-Billing notifications, which allow a student to click on a link and view their bill.


Students receiving financial aid are subject to the same payment deadlines which apply to all other students. Students should not rely on financial aid to be available in time to pay their balances by the term due date.


The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater requires all students to comply with the following billing policies:

  1. Student Accounts will generate e-Bills on term accounts during the following time periods:
    1. ADVANCE REGISTRATION BILLING - If students register during the advance registration process, they will be e-mailed an advance registration e-Bill, which will allow them to pay their fees in full or elect to go on the University Installment Plan.
    2. FIRST INSTALLMENT BILLING - Students are required to pay at least 50% of their eligible expenses by the due date of this bill.
    3. LAST INSTALLMENT BILLING - Students are required to pay the entire remaining balance by the due date of this bill.
  2. Advance registrants must make payment to the UW-Whitewater Cashier’s Office so that it is received by the due date. Checks should be made payable to UW-WHITEWATER. Include the name of the student, ID number, and term on the check. Mail payment to: UW-Whitewater Cashier’s Office, P.O. Box 88, Whitewater, WI 53190-0088. The depository outside the Cashier's Office is available when Hyer Hall is open. Students who pay by check may consider the check their receipt; howerver if a register receipt is needed, students may include a self-addressed stamped envelope. Credit or debit card payments are NOT accepted over the phone or at the Cashier’s window. Web payments can be made by going to https://touchnet.uww.edu. We accept electronic web checks or MasterCard, American Express, and Discover credit cards over the web. There is a convenience fee charge when making a credit card payment.
  3. Failure to receive an e-Billing statement will NOT relieve the obligation to make timely payments.
  4. Students receiving funding through financial aid or a third party agreement (outside agency – OSA) are subject to the same payment deadlines and should not depend on other financing sources to be available in time for billing deadlines.
  5. Students whose account becomes past due, are at risk of having current or upcoming classes cancelled. In addition, students will not be able to register for current or future terms. Also, administrative fees will be charged and collection procedures will be initiated. The University participates in the Department of Revenue (DOR) debt collection programs.
  6. Scholarships are treated like financial aid and require processing time. Please submit scholarship checks to the UW-Whitewater Cashier’s Office at least 10 days before the due date to avoid additional finance charges.
  7. NSF checks will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. A $20.00 service charge will be assessed. See also WI Stat. 943.24. A student's account will revert to the same status as before the payment was received.
  8. The Federal Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1976, as amended, is a federal law that affords students certain rights and protects their privacy and confidentiality with respect to their educational records. Students may sign an Authorization to Release Information with regard to the payment of their financial obligation to the university. You may download this form from our website at http://www.uww.edu/adminaffairs/sfs/forms/ferpa.pdf.


Students who enroll for courses at UW-Whitewater and wish to drop one, some, or all of their courses must do so by published deadlines to avoid academic and financial penalties (nonattendance does not exempt the student from such penalties).

International students, student athletes, and students who are receiving financial aid, veterans’ or other benefits, and who are considering dropping all classes or dropping below full-time status after classes have begun are strongly encouraged to meet with the appropriate official before dropping classes since there may be legal, certification, and/or repayment penalties associated with these actions.

To determine a student’s withdrawal date, the University uses the date students notify the Registrar’s Office of their official withdrawal. Any questions regarding the withdrawal process should be directed to the Registrar’s Office.


Week of Session

Session Length Wk. 1 Wk. 2 Wk. 3 Wk. 4 There-After
12 wks. & over 100% 100% 50% 50% None
8 wks. through 11 wks. 100% 50% 25% None None
5 wks. through 7 wks. 100% 50% None None None
3 wks. through 5 wks. 100% 25% None None None
2 weeks 100% None None None None

Supplemental course fees (e.g., online fees, equipment costs, field trip expenses) may be refunded in full if the course is dropped by the 100% deadline; after that no refund is available. Costs associated with travel study courses are non-refundable. The refund schedule changes accordingly for sessions of shorter duration.

Financial aid will be disbursed on or prior to the first day of classes if it is available. Financial aid must be used to pay any remaining balance on students’ accounts before refunds will be issued. Refunds will be delayed if a past due balance exists on the student account. Any overpayments (refunds) will be mailed after the term begins. Students may set up a direct deposit account for refunds through the eBill site. For additional information, see our website: http://www.uww.edu/adminaffairs/sfs/eRefund.pdf.

Specific information on the amount or type of financial aid refunds is privileged and will not be given over the telephone.

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