UWM’s tuition and fees are set annually by the Board of Regents. UWM tuition and fees consist of several components: tuition, which pays for teaching and instruction; segregated or mandatory fees, which pay for services such Norris Health Center and University Recreation; and other distance education and differential program charges.
For most students, tuition won’t increase for the 2020-21 school year. This includes undergraduates from Wisconsin and surrounding states that are part of the Midwest Student Exchange Program: Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota and Ohio. In fact, most of these students will see a slight decrease in their total tuition and fees, depending on their program and course schedule. This is the eighth consecutive year that there has been no tuition increase for undergraduate Wisconsin residents.
Tuition at the Milwaukee campus will increase by 1.5% compared to the 2019-20 school year for undergraduates from other states and countries and all graduate students. More information for international students can be found at UWM’s Center for International Education’s website.
With more than 190 programs offered by UWM, we encourage students to review tuition, fee and financial aid information pertinent to their program and course selections. The complete schedule of tuition and fees for Fall 2020 will be available July 30. We anticipate fall term billing statements will be distributed during the first week of August.
Segregated and Instructional Technology Fees
UWM is committed to delivering a high-quality educational experience regardless of course format. Many Fall 2020 classes will be online or in a hybrid format because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Hybrid classes will involve a mix of online and face-to-face instruction.
To address these changes, UWM has reduced segregated fees and the instructional technology fee (the distance education fee) for Fall 2020. Most students will pay the same or less under this modified fee schedule than they would have paid under the pre-COVID fee schedule.
For Fall 2020, segregated fees will be charged to all courses that follow the traditional fall tuition schedule regardless of whether the course is delivered online or in person. We want to ensure that all students have access to university support services during this challenging time. However, because some services may be limited or unavailable during the fall, segregated fees for full-time students at the Milwaukee campus have been reduced by 23% compared to Fall 2019. Segregated fees for associate degree programs at UWM at Waukesha and UWM at Washington County have also been reduced. Segregated fees do not apply to courses where a fee is charged in lieu of tuition.
UWM will also reduce its instructional technology fee for courses that follow the traditional fall tuition schedule and have an online component, i.e. online and hybrid classes. This fee will be reduced to $10 per credit, or $30 for a typical three-credit class. In comparison, the most common rate in Fall 2019 was $275 per course.
It is important to note that these fee modifications are limited to Fall 2020. We will continue to monitor the public health crisis to determine whether modifications also are needed for Spring 2021 or later semesters.
Segregated fee services for those far from campus
UWM quickly adjusted many operations to offer more services in an online format.
All students can access the Virtual Student Union in Canvas to connect to student communities and services including student organizations, virtual events and involvement opportunities with the Center for Student Involvement; the Centers for Advocacy and Student Engagement, which include the Women’s Resource Center, LGBTQ+ Resource Center, Inclusive Excellence Center, and Military and Veterans Resource Center; the UWM Student Association; virtual fitness courses and outdoor groups offered by University Recreation; and virtual community service opportunities with the Center for Community-based Learning, Leadership, and Research; and many more.
In addition, many Norris Health Center services are now offered virtually. Check out the app YOU@UWM or participate in a virtual Let’s Talk chat. Norris Health Center also offers virtual medical and counseling appointments.
For a complete list of support services, please see the student handbook.
Assistance offered to students during crisis
UWM continues to work to mitigate the impact of this crisis on our students and their families. Support efforts include:
- Distributing nearly $8.4 million in federal emergency CARES Act grants to eligible students
- Refunding $7.4 million in Spring 2020 housing, dining and parking charges to students
- Providing $630,000 in one-time leave payments to separated student workers
- Increasing institutional financial aid for students for the 2020-21 school year
- Distributing UWM emergency grants to nearly 270 students between March 23 and July 23