The Office of Student Financial Aid assists students whose personal and family resources are not adequate to cover the costs involved in attending UW-Madison by:

  • Processing financial aid forms to determine eligibility for grants, loans, and work-study employment
  • Advising students regarding financial aid and money management
  • Providing information on part-time employment, both on- and off-campus
  • Offering assistance in obtaining information about scholarships

Office hours are 7:45 am until 4:30 pm (Central Time) Monday through Friday.

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"Prior-Prior Year" FAFSA

On September 13, 2015 President Obama announced that the US Dept. of Education would begin using “prior-prior year” information on the FAFSA beginning with the 2017-2018 financial aid year. 


For more information watch this Prior-Prior Year Video from NASFAA.


For students starting or continuing in 2016-2017, this will not change the financial aid process.


For the 2017-2018 year school year, UW-Madison anticipates that our students will be able to:

·         Fill out the FAFSA as early as October, 2016.

·         Use tax information from 2015 you already have.

·         Get a financial aid award sooner.

When is my financial aid disbursing?

Disbursement of fall 2015 financial aid is scheduled to begin Tuesday, August 25th.  Pending financial aid will be applied towards your tuition account on that day.  Any funds remaining will be refunded to you.  For more information click here.


Do you want your refund faster? 

Students with eRefund usually get their money days soon than students who receive paper checks in the mail  Sign up for eRefund today!


May 10: Federal Student Aid ID replacing the PIN


Starting Sunday, May 10, 2015 you will need the new FSA ID to log into the Federal Student Aid websites.  The first time you log into the sites after May 10 you will be prompted to set up an FSA ID.  The process should only take a few minutes and then students, parents, and borrowers will use the FSA ID to access federal websites including:

·         FAFSA on the Web

·         NSLDS Student Access

·         StudentLoans.gov

·         StudentAid.gov

·         TEACH Grant website

More information and tips can be found at The FSA ID



2015-2016 Seven Easy Steps to FAFSA:

A Student's Guide to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid:

Click on this link to view individual tutorial steps for each of the 7 sections of the FAFSA.

(They can be viewed separately or as a whole.)

Charging Fees for Financial Aid

Did you or your parent receive a letter asking you to pay a processing fee to assist with your financial aid application?  We suggest that you read the fine print and understand who is offering these services and what they will be charging before agreeing to pay for their services. 

Please be aware that students should NEVER pay a fee to access federal, state, or university financial aid at UW-Madison. The FREE Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) is just that – FREE!

Some mailings may look official and often use a seal or other indication that they are associated with UW-Madison or the U.S. Department of Education but are not.  Please contact our office if you have any concerns about any solicitation or mailing you receive regarding financial aid.

Student Aid History available on StudentAid.gov

Recently Federal Student Aid launched a new feature on the StudentAid.gov website that allows students and parents to log in and view their federal student loan and grant information from the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS). This new feature is completely accessible on tablets and smartphones. Individuals can download their aid history and find out information about their federal student aid history. These provide details about their federal loans, including their loan servicer contact information and Pell Grants. To access these features click on the LOG IN box in the upper right hand corner and be prepared to enter some identifying information including your date of birth, social security number, and Federal Student Aid PIN. Be advised that certain actions must still be completed via the NSLDS Student Access site like address updates and enrollment changes.

Having difficulty requesting your Tax Return Transcript?


Visit our frequently asked questions for assistance.  

If your your loan did not disburse. Click
here for possible reasons.

Funding Study Abroad

Questions about funding options for a UW-Madison study abroad program? You can listen to a recording of an online Funding Study Abroad Information Session at Funding Study Abroad.


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