Non Degree Students

Students who are not accepted into a degree-granting program are classified as Non-Degree Students.  These students are generally not eligible for financial aid. Exceptions can be made for those enrolled in eligible certificate programs or those taking prerequisite courses for admission to a UWM degree or certification program. In both cases, students must:

  • Submit the Non Degree Student Verification Form to the school or college administering the program.
    • Please Note! We use a new form every year!!
      • Use this form if you will be attending in the 2016-17 school year.
      • Use this form if you plan to attend during the 2017-18 school year.
  • The school or college then documents enrollment in an eligible category on the form and submits it to the Financial Aid Office as early as possible.
  • Students must enroll in at least 6 credits which must be documented on the Non-Degree Student Verification Form.
  • Students completing prerequisites have a maximum of 12 consecutive months of eligibility.

Second degree students, students pursuing a teaching certification, and non-degree students who are eligible for financial aid, will only be offered Federal Direct Loan assistance.

Non-Degree Students without a bachelor’s degree are NOT eligible for financial aid

Gainful Employment

The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges and universities to disclose certain information for any Title IV eligible program that “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.” The educational programs offered by public institutions that are subject to the gainful employment regulations are non-degree programs, including all certificate programs. Specifically at UWM, gainful employment programs are all “stand-alone” certificate programs. The following gainful employment disclosure information must be provided:

  • Occupations the program prepares students to enter
  • Occupational profiles
  • Tuition and fees the institution charges the student for completing the program within normal time
  • Costs for books and supplies
  • Cost of room and board (if applicable)
  • On-time graduation rate for students completing the program
  • Job placement rate for students completing the program
  • Median loan debt incurred by students who completed the program

Eligible Certificate Programs

The following Gainful Employment (GE) certificate programs are subject to the U.S. Department of Education’s gainful employment (GE) regulations.  Students enrolled in these certificate programs may be eligible for Title IV Federal Student Financial Aid (Loans) if they meet other eligibility requirements:

Undergraduate Level

  • Applied Urban Aquaculture
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders (Approval is Pending for Graduate Level)
  • Business and Technical Communication (Direct Assessment-Flex Program)
  • Childhood & Adolescence Studies (CAS)
  • Community Based Organizations
  • Community Leadership
  • Community Engagement
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Health Care Informatics
  • International Business
  • Molecular Diagnostics
  • Premedical Studies
  • Real Estate
  • Therapeutic Recreation

Graduate Level

  • Advanced Studies (CAS) in Archives & Records Administration
  • Applied Data Analysis
  • Assistive Technology & Accessible Design
  • Business Analytics
  • Chamber Music Performance
  • Children’s Mental Health Certificate for School Professionals
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Digital Libraries, Advanced Study in
  • Educational Policy
  • Ergonomics
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Health Professional Education (Approval is Pending for Undergraduate Level)
  • Investment Management
  • Multicultural Knowledge of Mental Health Practices
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Professional Writing & Communication
  • Public Health
  • Rhetorical Leadership
  • School Counseling
  • Specialist Certificate in Administrative Leadership
  • State & Local Taxation
  • Teaching & Learning in Higher Education
  • Transition for Students with Disabilities
  • Translation
  • Trauma-Informed Care


  • Adult/University Level TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)
  • Enterprise Resource Planning
  • Technology Entrepreneurship

Ineligible Certificate Programs

Below is a list of ineligible certificate programs:

Undergraduate Level

  • American Indian Studies
  • Ancient Mediterranean Studies (CAMS)
  • Asian Studies
  • Celtic Studies
  • Comparative Ethnic Studies
  • Crime Analysis (Approval is pending)
  • Cultures and Communities
  • Death Investigation
  • Digital Arts & Culture
  • Digital Fabrication and Design
  • Energy Engineering
  • Food Studies
  • Forensic Science
  • Forensic Toxicology
  • French and Francophone Studies
  • Global Health
  • Health Professional Education (Undergraduate Level Only). Graduate level is eligible.
  • Healthy Aging
  • Hmong Diaspora Studies
  • Latin American & Caribbean Studies
  • Latino Studies
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Studies
  • Middle Eastern & North African Studies
  • Peace Studies & Conflict Resolution
  • Russian & East European Studies
  • Scandinavian Studies
  • School Social Work Certification-State of Wisconsin Credential
  • Spanish for Healthcare Professionals
  • Study of Complementary & Alternative Medicine
  • Urban Planning
  • Urban Studies

Graduate Level

  • Applied Gerontology
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders (Graduate Level Only). Undergraduate level is eligible.
  • Interdisciplinary Language and Literacy Intervention (ILLI)
  • International Human Resources & Labor Relations
  • Mathematics Teacher Leadership
  • Mediation & Negotiation
  • Museum Studies
  • Support Services for Online Students in Higher Education
  • Teaching and Learning, Advanced Study in
  • Women’s & Gender Studies