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  • Free Student Loan Debt Hotline for Wisconsin Borrowers:
    833-589-0750

    This new Wisconsin Student Loan Help Hotline was created in partnership with the Wisconsin Coalition on Student Debt and Ascendium Education Solutions.  The Wisconsin Student Loan Help Hotline dedicated toll free number 833-589-0750 has been created to help student loan borrowers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • The federal government has provided institutions with emergency financial aid grants in order to help students, financially, for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus. However, in order to be eligible to receive these funds, you must have a completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and meet other eligibility requirements. Please consider filing the FAFSA, even if you do not wish to be considered for other federal, state, and institutional financial aid. We care about your financial wellbeing and want you to be able to maximize any possible benefits available to you.

    Already completed the FAFSA? Main campus students can apply for the emergency financial aid grants with the Dean of Students here

    Branch campus students can apply for emergency grants here.

  • Students Enrolled in Summer 2020 - Be sure to read this regarding Direct Loan interest rates!

    Interest rates are determined each June 1 for the upcoming award year by adding a fixed percentage to the high yield of the 10-year Treasury note auctioned at the final auction prior to June 1. As a result of the May 12, 2020 auction, the interest rate for federal loans first disbursed on or after July 1, 2020 are expected to decrease from 4.53% to 2.75% for undergraduate Direct Loans, from 6.08% to 4.30% for graduate/professional Direct Unsubsidized Loans, and from 7.08% to 5.30% for Parent and Grad PLUS loans. The interest rate caps for these loans are 8.25%, 9.5%, and 10.5%, respectively.

    What does this mean? If you are registered during the summer, you may wish to consider delaying the disbursement of your Direct Loans until after July 1. In order to do this, hold off on accepting the Direct Loans offered. If you already accepted them, you may contact our office to reverse the action and accept them again on July 1 or thereafter. Please be aware, that you are responsible for your university bill, interest and finance charges, living and transportation expenses should you choose to delay the loans. Also, as a reminder, disbursement of aid typically takes place 10 days prior to the beginning of your course(s) start date.

  • IMPORTANT

    Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships will be physically closed until further notice. We are still currently available by email and phone.

    Should you have questions regarding your financial aid, we recommend first logging in to your accesSPoint to access tasks that you may still need to submit, and any aid offered to you.

    We encourage you to mail or fax required documents; we never recommend emailing documents that contain personal information. If you have questions, we encourage you to review the information provided on our website or submit them via email to finaid@uwsp.edu. We will continue to respond to your questions and to process paperwork as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding and patience. 

  • Satisfactory Academic Progress Notices

    Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) notices have been sent out to students who have failed to meet the required standards.  Students who receive financial aid must maintain SAP in order to continue to receive financial aid. It is possible to appeal this using our online form but it must be completed (with a subsequent decision provided) before the last day of the term in which you are enrolled.  Appeals received after this time will not be accepted and will result in the student's loss of financial aid eligibility for that term. SAP is evaluated at the end of each academic term. 


  • The 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) became available to complete on October 1, 2019.  This is a free application – it is not necessary to pay to complete this.  Be aware, there are organizations that are charging a fee to complete it. Also, the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships can help you with any questions you may have about completing the FAFSA.  We are happy to assist you!

  • Students who advance in academic standing after completing a term (ex. Reaching 30 credits or greater or 60 credits or greater) may contact our office to request a review and possible incease in Direct Loan funding. 

  • SCAM ALERT: To be eligible for federal student aid, male citizens and male immigrants residing in the U.S. aged 18 through 25 are required to register with the Selective Service System, with limited exceptions.  The government website used to register is: www.sss.gov/Registration-Info/Who-Registration . There is no fee associated with this.

    Avoid this website https://www.selectiveservicenumber.org/ to register.  This is not a government website and appears to charge students to complete selective service registration. Again, there is no fee to register.

  • ​College Budget Planner is available to students and parents. 

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Financial Aid News

In Spring 2015, the federal government is implementing a new login process for student and borrower-based websites, including FAFSA on the Web, NSLDS Student Access, and StudentLoans.gov. A new Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID will replace the PIN as ​the process by which individuals authenticate their identity to access their federal student aid information. This FSA ID will be comprised of a user-selected username and password. Existing users will be able to link their PIN information to the FSA ID. This change is critical to comply with new security requirements and industry best practices.
View your myPoint Financial Aid Award and Status regarding award information and your Detailed Account Information for disbursements and refund information.

Has your FAFSA been selected for Verification?
If so, please complete this process promptly to ensure you receive a financial aid award in a timely manner.

Avoid Financial Aid Scams
Never pay a fee to determine whether you are eligible for financial aid. The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is the only application form used by UWSP to determine financial aid eligibility. Likewise, reputable scholarship organizations do not charge a fee to determine your eligibility. Feel free to visit http://careerinfonet.org/scholarshipsearch/ for a free nationwide scholarship search. For more information about financial aid scams, visit http://studentaid.ed.gov/types/scams

College Budget Planner is available to students and parents.