Awarded to select SOIS students to retain them and help them complete their BSIST, MLIS or MSIST degree. Incoming students and students in their first semester at UWM are not eligible for this funding.

UWM recognizes students sometimes experience unforeseen circumstances that can prevent them from paying their bills for tuition, fees, and other university charges. Students with outstanding bills of $1500 or greater are restricted from registering for classes for future terms. Awards from this fund are intended to be one-time in nature to help a student pay down a bill, thus removing a hold from the Office of Student Accounts so that they may register for classes for the coming term and be retained. Awards are not intended to be a long-term solution to funding one’s education.

Eligibility Criteria

Only students who have an outstanding PAWS balance greater than $1500 will be considered.

Students will be reviewed considering many factors, including but not limited to the following:

  • Enrolled in the current or most recent term
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher (UG) or 3.0 or higher (Grad), in Good Academic Standing
  • Not graduating in the current term
  • Not enrolled for the next term
  • FAFSA filing status
  • Payment history

Review Process

Priority consideration will be granted to eligible students who:

  • File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Submit the Panther Scholarship Portal General Application.
  • Have exhausted all other aid types, such as federal direct loans.
  • Have an outstanding balance preventing course registration.

Due to limited funds available, not every eligible student will receive a grant. Eligible applicants will be contacted via UWM email. Students are strongly encouraged to schedule an appointment with their SOIS advisor to discuss their circumstances and help identify potential campus and community resources to support them in their continued success at UWM.

This fund is not intended for emergency purposes such as car repairs, food, or other personal and non-university expenses. Students with emergency needs should complete the emergency grant application offered by the UWM Dean of Students Office.


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Please Note: SOIS Tuition Assistance Retention Scholarships are issued based on available funding.