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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OSFA will be CLOSED on Friday, July 22nd.

Due to a campus-wide system upgrade our office will be closed to the public on Friday, July 22nd.  We will reopen on Monday, July 25th, but service availability will depend on a successful upgrade.

Please know that this upgrade impacts student access to the Student Center, so you will not be able to view or accept or decline any current financial aid offers during this time.


New Scam Phone Call Warnings for College Students!

The IRS has issued a warning about bogus phone calls made by people impersonating the IRS.

The FBI has issued a warning about bogus phone calls from people impersonating FBI and threatening to arrest them if they don't pay thousands of dollars.

Remember that the IRS and the FBI DO NOT call people demanding the immediate payment of bills over the phone.  So you should not give them personal information over the phone.  If you receive one of these calls the IRS and the FBI ask that you contact them.


New Financial Aid Payment Options Email 

On May 4 the Office of Student Financial Aid sent out an email message to students that many of you have had questions about. For more information about the new options available to use your financial aid to pay your bill click here.


Graduating with student loans? We can help!

Financial aid has many resources available to help you repay your loans.  For more information click here.


Do you need financial aid for the summer term?

If you think you might be taking classes for the summer term and will need financial aid, apply for summer term aid now!  For more information click here.


What's the FSA ID?

Beginning in May 2015 - the U.S. Department of Education (ED) replaced the PIN with the FSA ID to access certain federal websites including www.fafsa.gov.  The username and password system is the electronic equivalent of your signature.

  • Anyone who will be submitting the 2016-2017 FAFSA (whether you are a new filer or a continuing student) will need to have an FSA ID and password in place.
  • Have questions or need help with the process?  Take a look at some great online resources:

          ED Blog - The FSA ID: Your First Step to Getting Financial Aid for College

          What's an FSA ID and Why do I Need One?

          The FSA ID Is Your Electronic Passport to Federal Student Aid Online

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.

Federal Perkins Loan Update

In December 2015 the President signed into law the Federal Perkins Loan Program Extension Act of 2015 which temporarily extends the Federal Perkins Loan program for undergraduate students and continuing graduate students for two more years.

"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.


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!


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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