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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Want to learn more about managing your money?

The School of Human Ecology is offering two courses to help you with your financial skills. 

Consr Sci 111:  Financial Life Skills for Undergraduates

Consr Sci 321:  Financial Life Skills for Life After Graduation

For more information CLICK HERE.


UW-Madison Financial Aid Survey

The Office of Student Financial Aid is working on college cost estimates and would love your help!  Please take a moment to help us award financial aid to you and your fellow Badgers using accurate estimated college costs by completing this 90 second survey.  We would appreciate your response by December 7 at noon. 

For your time you can enter to win a $200 scholarship!

Current students should have received an email with a link to complete the survey.  If you did not receive and email and would still like to participate CLICK HERE

Thank you and On Wisconsin!

Entering the drawing is not required to complete the survey.  Employees of the university are not eligible to participate unless they are currently enrolled as a student.  You must be a student at UW-Madison to enter the drawing.  To enter the drawing enter your name and campus ID number at the end of the survey.  No purchase necessary to enter the drawing.  Multiple entries are prohibited and will result in disqualification.  All entries must be received by December 7, 2015 at Noon Central Time.  Winners will be randomly drawn from all entries after that date.  Winners will be contacted via email.  The information collected will not be used to adjust your cost of attendance for this year, but it will be used anonymously to help determine the cost of attendance in the future. 


Federal Perkins Loan Update

Congressional action has changed how UW-Madison is able to award the Federal Perkins Loan starting October 1, 2015.  We are no longer able to add new students to the program.

HOWEVER, some students will continue to be eligible through the narrow “grandfathering” provisions. 

If you have received the Federal Perkins Loan before, CLICK HERE to see if you may still be eligible.


"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.

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