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Estimated Cost of Attendance

Below is the estimated cost of attendance for the 2024-2025 academic year*. More specific information about our proof of funding requirements can be found here.

ExpenseUndergraduate StudentsGraduate StudentsBusiness Graduate Students**
(2 semesters)
Segregated Fees
& International
Student Fees
(2 semesters)
Living Expenses
(12 months)
International Student
Health Insurance
(12 months)

*An academic year means fall (September – December) and spring (January – May) semesters.

**In addition to the base tuition of your program, specific departments charge additional tuition per credit.

  • Time to completion: In general, new students who have English proficiency and maintain steady and successful progress toward their degree will need:
    • four years to earn a bachelor’s degree
    • two to three years to earn a master’s degree
    • five or more years to complete a doctoral (PhD) degree
  • Living expenses: Milwaukee appeals to many international students because the city has a low cost of living compared to coastal U.S. cities. Here you get the best of both worlds – a thriving urban center combined with an affordable, friendly, small-town atmosphere. The estimated living expenses (which will vary depending on your accommodations and food arrangements) for one academic year are about $15,000.
  • Health insurance: The cost of health insurance for one academic year is about $2,089.

Scholarships for Undergraduate Students

UWM has a scholarship program for newly admitted international undergraduate students. Scholarship award decisions are based on academic merit and the diversity of the candidate (i.e. how the candidate contributes to the diversity of UWM). Undergraduate students are considered for this scholarship upon admission; no separate application is required.

The scholarship awards may be up to $6,000 per academic year ($3,000 per semester) and may be renewed each year (for a maximum of four years total).

Scholarships for international students are awarded on a monthly basis. Newly admitted students will be notified of their awards as soon as decisions are made, and scholarships are awarded until all money is fully allocated. To ensure full consideration for an award, students should be admitted by May 1 for the fall intake, and by October 1 for the spring intake. Note: Only students admitted to a bachelor’s degree program at UWM will be considered for this scholarship.

We also strongly encourage all admitted international students to explore the UWM Scholarship Portal and apply for any other scholarships they believe they meet the eligibility requirements for. Students will need their ePantherID to sign into the portal.

Funding Opportunities for Graduate Students

Graduate students have the opportunity for tuition remission via assistantships: teaching assistants, project assistants, program assistants and research assistants, and other funding opportunities.

Funding for graduate students is awarded directly from the academic program. Contact your Graduate Representative for more information on funding available for your program.

Visit this page for more information on possible types of funding.