The Wisconsin Tuition Promise is a new initiative to ensure underserved Wisconsin students can attend any UW System university, including UWM, without paying tuition or most fees. The program aims to increase the number of state residents who graduate with a bachelor’s degree – especially first-generation students and those from low-to-moderate income households. This will improve lives and help meet the state’s workforce needs.
Starting in Fall 2023, the tuition promise will provide up to four years of tuition and fee funding for students coming from families earning less than $62,000 annually. It’s structured to provide “last dollar” financial aid after federal and state grants; students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to qualify.
- Wisconsin residents as determined for tuition purposes.
- First-time bachelor- or associate-degree seeking (includes first-time transfer).
- Must file a FAFSA each year, and in the first year, have $62,000 or lower adjusted gross income (AGI).
- Eight semesters of eligibility total for bachelor-degree-seeking students. Four semesters of eligibility for associate-degree-seeking and transfer students. A student who transfers after the first year could be eligible for six semesters. The semester count will start in Fall 2023.
- Fall and spring enrollment only.
- Must meet Standards of Academic Progress (SAP) and other Title IV eligibility requirements.
- Must be enrolled full-time (12 or more credits per semester).
- Must be continuously enrolled.
- Must have been employed at some point during the preceding year.
- UW System’s Wisconsin Tuition Promise
- UWM’s Financial Aid Office
- UWM Office of Undergraduate Admissions
- Must be a Wisconsin resident for tuition purposes
- First-time bachelor’s or associate-degree seeking student (includes first-time transfers)
- Must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year, and in the first year, have $62,000 or lower adjusted gross income (AGI). FAFSA uses prior prior year AGI. FAFSA for Fall 2023 (the 2023-24 academic year), will collect 2021 federal tax information.
- Must meet all Title IV eligibility requirements (i.e., being a U.S. citizen)
- Covers fall and spring enrollment only
- Attend full-time (12+ credit hours) each semester
- Must have been employed at some point during the preceding year
- Must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) and continue to meet all Title IV eligibility requirements.
- Eligibility is limited to eight semesters total for bachelor’s degree-seeking students and four semesters for associate degree-seeking and transfer students. A student who transfers after the first year could be eligible for six semesters. The semester count will start with the Fall 2023 term.
- Must be continuously enrolled (winter and summer terms excluded).
Yes. All eligible students are required to submit the FAFSA and must do so on an annual basis.
There is no specific deadline. However, students are encouraged to complete the relevant year FAFSA as soon as possible when it becomes available. The FAFSA opens on Oct. 1 prior to the start of the fall term. For example, the FAFSA for Fall 2023 will become available on Oct. 1, 2022.
No. Students who are admitted into a UW associate or bachelor degree-seeking program, complete the appropriate year FAFSA and certify employment will automatically be considered.
It begins with students who first enroll starting with the Fall 2023 term.
Yes, students who meet all the eligibility requirements will qualify if their first term of enrollment is Spring 2024, or any other spring term thereafter.
The program is designed to help students earn a degree in a timely fashion and with minimal debt. Full time enrollment during the fall and spring terms are required.
Housing, additional course fees, books, or any other charge a student may incur above tuition and segregated fees.
A student, who attends a branch campus for two years and then transfers to the main campus without a break in their academic career, would have two additional years (four consecutive semesters) of eligibility. In such cases, students are internal transfers to the institution, thus their eligibility for the Wisconsin Tuition Promise would be based upon their first year of attendance at the branch campus location.
A student who transfers to UW-Milwaukee would be considered a new transfer student, thus their eligibility would be based upon the term they begin enrollment at UW-Milwaukee. Transfer students have two years (four consecutive semesters) of eligibility. A student’s eligibility as determined at their previous UW university would have no impact on their eligibility at the UW university they transfer to.
No, currently enrolled students would not be eligible. To be eligible, a student’s first term of enrollment must be Fall 2023 or thereafter.
Yes, online and Flexible Option students are eligible for the Wisconsin Tuition Promise. All other eligibility criteria (e.g., Wisconsin resident, full-time student) still apply.