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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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NEW Financial Aid Website!

The Office of Student Financial Aid is working to improve its website and your access to information.

Phase 1 is now complete - www.financialaid.wisc.edu, 2017-18 Financial Aid is geared specifically to students applying for and receiving financial aid for this upcoming academic year.  While we are in Phase 1, our main website will remain www.finaid.wisc.edu - the site you are currently viewing.

Phase 2 will be a full transition of our website to the new format and we're hopeful to have a launch within th next year.

2017-18, Ch- Ch- Ch- Changes...

  • The 2017-18 FAFSA has been available to submit since October 1, 2016.
  • We've moved verification ONLINE - complete online forms, electronically sign them, and upload any requested documents to your Verification Portal.
  • Financial Aid offers for the academic year will begin going out in February and our Net Price/Award Calculator has been updated to reflect 2017-18 estimates.
  • Need financial aid for Summer 2017? Read more.
  • Check here for continued updates!

FAFSA Friday Dates/Times

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.
  • To get your FSA ID go to fsaid.ed.gov
  • 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.

Category: Financial aid

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