How to Apply for 2017-2018 Financial Aid


Please read carefully because the process has changed!

*For information on Summer 2017 Financial Aid click here.


1. If you don't yet already have one, obtain a FSA ID (Federal Student Aid ID)

  • Once your FSA ID, always your FSA ID - so make sure to keep this for your records as you'll use it more than once!
  • Forgot yours?  Use the same link above to access your username and reset your password.
  • Need Help?  Watch this video to learn more!

2. Complete the 2017-2018 FAFSA!

3. Receive and Review Your Student Aid Report (SAR).

  • The SAR is a summary of your FAFSA and will arrive by e-mail, please review for accuracy.
  • Use your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) inour Net Price Calculator
  • If you have a special financial circumstance you would like us to know about, submit a letter to us.

4. The Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) Will Receive & Review Your FAFSA

  • If additional information or documentation is required, we will contact you via e-mail.
  • To monitor your financial aid status, check your My UW Student Center

5. OSFA Will Award You Financial Aid

  • Once all requied information has been received, students are sent an e-mail when their financial aid award is avilable to view in their Student Center.
  • Some of your awards will require you to actively accept them - so don't forget to take action
  • Awarding for 2017-2018 is scheduled to begin in March.

Top 5 FAFSA Filing Tips

  1. Fill out your FAFSA as soon after October 1st as possible and DEFINITELY have it done before December 1, 2016!
  2. Use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, it will save you time and energy!
  3. Monitor your financial aid application and keep your contact information up to date in your My UW Student Center
  4. Watch your UW-Madison email account, important reminders and instructions are sent there
  5. If you have any questions don't hestiate to contact us!  608-262-3060 or