Introduction to Financial Aid:
Financial aid is money provided to help you meet the costs of attending college, and may consist of any combination of grants, loans and work study. Aid is intended to help make up the difference between your educational costs and the amount your family is expected to contribute, as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). To be eligible for federal and state financial aid programs, you must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and an admitted, degree-seeking student.
The Financial Aid Office strives to ensure all students receive the most favorable aid award possible according to their individual needs and aid availability. Aid is awarded on a priority basis (neediest students receiving more in grants, work study and low-interest loans), and not all students will be eligible for need-based aid.
UWSP participates in the College Portrait
, a website sponsored by the Voluntary System of Accountability that strives to give you clear, accessible, and comparable information. Included in this site is the College Affordability Estimator
, a US Department of Education approved Net Price Calculator. Please keep in mind that there are many variables that can affect the amount of aid you are eligible for and that it is only an estimate based on data we provide them about last year’s freshmen aid recipients.
Determining Your Costs:
To assist with your planning, the Financial Aid Office publishes a sample budget illustrating a student's average costs for one academic year. Sample educational budgets for Wisconsin, Minnesota and non-resident students can be viewed here.