Cost and Financial Aid

The cost of attendance is the total amount of tuition, fees, room and board, books, supplies, and 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. Undergraduates and their families can explore the Net Price/Award Calculator to see estimated cost and award eligibility.

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

US citizens and permanent residents should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (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 and 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 a 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.