Department of Financial Aid, Student Employment, and Military Education Benefits | Financial Matters

Bursar Office

Questions about where, when, and how to make payments for your student’s education may be answered by using any of the following contact information:

Mitchell 285 • (414) 229-4914 • bursar@uwm.edu

Department of Financial Aid, Student Employment and Military Education Benefits

Many of your enrollment and finance questions can be answered on the One Stop Enrollment and Financial Services web pages. Information about the Financial Aid, Scholarships, Registrar, and Bursar Offices is located here to bring you one place to find answers! In addition, if you aren’t finding your answer, “Ask Pounce,”  our Chatbot, which is available 24/7. You can also schedule an appointment to meet with a Financial Aid Advisor for more in-depth questions.

Applying for Financial Aid

Students should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online every year. Students and parents will each need a FSA ID to electronically sign their FAFSA. The FAFSA for the upcoming academic year becomes available on October 1 prior to the start of a fall semester. Apply early as some programs have limited funds. Use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) to transfer your federal tax information quickly and accurately. If you are unable to utilize the IRS DRT, be sure to use the appropriate year’s federal tax information. For the 2022-23 FAFSA, you will use 2020 federal tax information.

Students should be sure to check their PAWS account often as well as their UWM email account. This is how the Financial Aid Office communicates with you. A student’s UWM email account activates approximately two weeks prior to their New Student Orientation date.

Submit any requested additional documentation as soon as possible. Make sure all documents are complete and submit all items together. If documents are not complete, processing your application will be delayed, especially if documents must be returned to you.

Looking for a resource to estimate your costs for an academic year? Utilize the UWM Total Cost Estimator tool.

Scholarships

At UWM, all schools and colleges and many academic departments and program offer scholarships for students based on a variety of factors, including academic merit, leadership, and service. Some require demonstrated financial need, which means the student must submit a FAFSA.

The Panther Scholarship Portal provides a one-stop website for all UWM scholarships. Students complete one General Application to be considered for available scholarships. A student’s School/College may provide a supplemental application to identify more opportunities. After submitting the General Application, students receive a list of scholarships for which they may be eligible. Students are encouraged to access the Portal regularly to review new opportunities posted throughout the year.

 

Additional Financial Resources

Financial aid is provided to help bridge the gap between family resources and the amount needed to pay for the cost of attending college. In the case where the aid offered still leaves a gap and additional help is needed, you may want to consider the programs listed below. Please note that all require a credit check.

Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan – Available to parents of dependent undergraduate students to help them pay for their student’s college education. They can borrow up to the cost of attendance minus all other financial assistance.

Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan – Available to students pursuing a graduate or professional degree to assist with educational expenses. They can borrow up to the cost of attendance minus all other financial assistance.

Private Alternative Loans – Several lenders and credit unions offer this type of loan. The loan is usually in the student’s name but often requires a credit-worthy co-signer. The amount borrowed can be up to the cost of attendance minus all other financial assistance.

Request for Budget Adjustment – If you feel the amounts used to estimate your students’ cost of attendance (COA) do not accurately reflect their current situation, your student may be eligible to have their COA re-evaluated based upon submitting the appropriate documentation. Please note that increasing your COA does not change your eligibility for grants and/or scholarships.

Special Circumstances – Economic hardship is a reality for many families at this time. When you originally completed the 2022-23 FAFSA, income information from 2020 was used. If your income has drastically changed for 2021 or 2022, we can use those figures in determining a student’s eligibility for aid. Complete the form linked here for special consideration. While this may or may not affect your eligibility for additional aid, the Financial Aid Department will review your information and let you know.

 

Financial Literacy Information

GradReady is a financial literacy tool that can help individuals learn more about money management and budgeting.

Mellencamp Hall, Room 162 • (414) 229-4541 • finaid@uwm.edu