University of Wisconsin-Madison

Costs and Aid - Office of Admissions at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Costs and Aid - Office of Admissions at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

cost and financial aid

Cost and Financial Aid

The cost of attendance is the total amount of tuition, fees, room and board, books, and supplies in addition to other estimated school expenses. Financial aid is a combination of grants, loans, scholarships and work-study employment designed to help offset the total cost of attendance. Each student has a different set of options available to them so it’s important that all students applying for admission also apply for financial aid.

Cost of Attendance and Tuition

The Office of Student Financial Aid lists the cost of attendance and tuition for Wisconsin residents and out-of-state students. You can find the cost per credit provided by the Registrar’s Office.

Financial Aid

Undergraduates and their families can explore the financial award calculator to see estimated cost and award eligibility. U.S. citizens and permanent residents should complete the FAFSA in order to determine eligibility for grants, loans, and work-study employment. The Office of Student Financial Aid provides a full list of resources to help students apply for financial aid in addition to step-by-step instructions on how to complete the FAFSA. Funding and scholarships for international students is provided by International Student Services.


Scholarships@UW-Madison also features a list of academic and merit opportunities offered by schools and colleges within the University. All students that submit an admissions application are eligible to apply for these scholarships. Many deadlines are before spring so be sure to apply early. FastWeb and FinAid are external resources that provide listings not administered by the school.

Checking Your Student Center

Applicants can monitor both their admission application and financial aid information by checking their application status online. The Bursar’s Office also provides tuition and fee payment methods and instructions.

Wisconsin State Residency

As state-funded public university, in-state students and out-of-state students pay different rates for tuition. If you come to Wisconsin primarily for educational purposes, you might not qualify as a Wisconsin resident even after living in the state for a year or more. For complete information visit the residence for tuition purposes website.

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