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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Financial aid disbursement for the Spring Semester begins the week of January 9th. Click here for more info!

Financial Life Skills - Consumer Science 111

Seats are still availble for the freshmen/sophomore sections of SoHE's Financial Life Skills course. The available class times are:

Wednesdays:  12:05 - 12:55 pm
Thursdays:  12:05 - 12:55 pm

Read more about the program online and register for the 1 credit course in your Student Center.

Change is Coming! Beginning 2017-18, FAFSA is available Oct 1st!

Check here for continued updates!

Created by the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions (DFI), this new financial resource website provides material aimed to help current and future students answer questions about college and student debt.

Look Foward to Your Future combines the tools students and their parents will need to prepare for making decision from saving for college to career planning and repayment of your student loans.

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.

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.