Consumer Information

The Higher Education Act (HEA) of 1965, as amended, requires institutions participating in the Title IV financial aid programs to disclose specified information to all current and prospective students and employees.  This page serves as a centralized location for access to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) consumer information and is intended to assist students, their families, and interested third parties in obtaining information about the University’s educational programs, costs, and outcomes.  For the most recent consumer information disclosure distributed to current students please click here.  The undergraduate prospective consumer information disclosure and the graduate prospective consumer information disclosure are provided via the admission process.

If you need assistance or paper copies, please contact the Financial Aid Office at finaid@uwm.edu or by writing to us at:

Department of Financial Aid, Student Employment, and Military Education Benefits
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
P.O. Box 469
Milwaukee, WI 53201-0469

Please indicate the subject to be Consumer Information Request. Financial Aid staff will contact the appropriate campus department/office to gather the requested information and will respond in a timely manner.

General Information

General Information

Academic Programs – List of current degree and other education programs.

Accreditation, Approval, and Licensure of Institution and Programs – Agencies and governmental bodies which accredit, approve or license the University and its programs.  UW-Milwaukee is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.

Higher Learning Commission (HLC)
30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400
Chicago, IL 60602-2504
Toll free: 1-800-621-7440

Articulation Agreements – Information on specific program-to-program transfer agreement contracts with established conditions.

University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee Articulation Agreements

College Scorecard – The U.S. Department of Education’s planning tool to help students and their families make more educated decisions about college. Students and their families can look up the cost and assess the value of colleges. Each scorecard highlights five key pieces of data about a college: costs, graduation rate, loan default rate, average amount borrowed, and employment.

Constitution Day – Information regarding commemorating the signing of the Constitution.

Consumer Information on College Navigator Website – The U.S. Department of Education is required to post 26 items on the College Navigator website for each school.

University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee 
University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee FLEX 

Copyright Infringement Policies and Sanctions – Policies and sanctions related to copyright infringement.

Facilities and Services for Students with Disabilities – UWM’s Accessibility Resource Center (ARC) provides a variety of services and accommodations for the campus community.

Instructional Facilities – Campus maps of facilities.

Faculty & Instructional Personnel – Listings of current faculty and other instructional personnel.

University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee

University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee at Washington County

University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee at Waukesha County

Privacy of Student Records – The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) protects your rights to your individual educational records.  It includes the right to review and inspect educational records, amend or correct education records, and control the disclosure of certain portions of your educational records.  Students first registering for classes for any given term are sent a FERPA disclosure to their UWM email address.

Net Price Calculator – Provides estimated information about the net price of attendance.

Peer-to-Peer File Sharing – Provides information to enrolled and prospective students regarding institutional policies related to unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing, including disciplinary actions that are taken against students who engage in illegal downloading or unauthorized distribution of copyrighted materials using the institution’s information technology system.

Refund Policy, Withdrawal, and Return of Title IV Financial AidInformation regarding institutional refund policy, procedures for officially withdrawing from the institution, and the requirements for Return of Title IV, HEA grant, or loan aid.

Student Activities – Information about student activities in which students can participate.

Student Complaint Process – Provides information to students regarding their rights to file complaints and grievances.

UW System Student Complaint Process
UWM Complaints and Grievances Process

Student Diversity – Information regarding student body diversity including the percentage of enrolled full-time students by gender, ethnicity and recipients of the Federal Pell Grant.

Textbook Information – Information on textbooks which provides greater transparency of textbook pricing information and assists with calculating a reasonable estimate of textbook prices for courses.  The International Standard Book Number (ISBN) and retail price information of required and recommended textbooks and supplemental materials can be accessed via PAWS.

Transfer of Credit Policies – Information regarding UWM’s transfer of credit policies.

Voter Registration – The State of Wisconsin allows all eligible voters to register on-site the day of elections.  For additional information on voting and upcoming elections, please utilize the following resources:

Written Arrangements – Information regarding programs that are designed to be offered by another entity.

UW-Milwaukee/UW-Parkside Consortial Nursing Program

Student Financial Assistance

Student Financial Assistance

Applying for Aid – Eligibility and procedures for applying for aid.

Assistance Available from Federal, State, Local, and Institutional Programs – Information on need-based and non-need-based federal, state, private and institutional financial assistance programs.

Award Information – Criteria for selecting recipients and for determining award amounts.

Code of Conduct for Education Loans – Institutional code of conduct that prohibits a conflict of interest with the responsibilities of an agent of the school with respect to private education loans.

Contact Information for the Department of Financial Aid, Student Employment & Military Education Benefits – Contact Information for assistance in obtaining institutional or financial aid information.

Cost of Attendance – Information regarding the estimated cost of attending the institution including tuition and fees, books and supplies, room and board, transportation costs, and miscellaneous expenses.

Disbursement of Aid – Methods and frequency of disbursements of aid including information regarding disbursements to obtain books/supplies.

Entrance Counseling for Student Loan Borrowers – First-time borrowers of a Federal Direct Student Loan must complete entrance counseling.  In addition, TEACH grant recipients must also complete Initial and Subsequent TEACH Grant Counseling and an Agreement to Serve.

Exit Counseling for Student Loan Borrowers – Borrowers of Federal Direct Loans, Perkins Loans, and Federal Nursing Loan must complete exit counseling anytime the borrower is enrolled less than half-time, withdraws, or graduates.  In addition, TEACH grant recipients must also complete TEACH Grant Exit Counseling.

Federal Student Aid Ombudsman – The Ombudsman Group is dedicated to helping resolve disputes related to the federal student aid programs, including Direct Loans, Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program loans, Perkins Loans, and grant programs.

Federal Work Study – Information regarding general conditions and terms applicable to employment provided as part of a financial aid package.

Financial Literacy – Information regarding loan and debt repayment, how to pay for college, and money management resources to assist students at various stages of enrollment.

Loan Information – Information regarding terms of loans, sample loan repayment schedule and the necessity for repaying loans.

National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) – Students and/or parents who borrow a Federal Direct Loan and/or a Federal Perkins Loan will have their loan information be submitted to the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS).  This information will be accessible by guaranty agencies, lenders, and schools determined to be authorized users of the data system.

Penalties for Drug Law Violations – Information regarding drug convictions and how federal aid eligibility may be affected.

Preferred Lender List – UWM provides a listing of loan options for students to research.  Students may borrow from any lender and are not restricted to this list.  UWM encourages all students to complete the FAFSA in order to seek out Title IV aid programs that may be more favorable than provisions of private education loans.

Principles of Excellence – UWM has agreed to adopt the Principles of Excellence for Educational Institutions Serving Service Members, Veterans, Spouses, and Other Family Members.

Private Education Loan Disclosures – Disclosures for lenders listed on UWM’s preferred lender list are located in FASTChoice, which is a tool that will allow you to compare and research several lenders terms and conditions prior to applying for a private loan.  You will find individual lender disclosures by selecting one or more lenders within FASTChoice and selecting compare.  Under the loan rates and fees section of each lender, select the View 10K Disclosure link, which will direct you to the appropriate disclosure form.

Private Education Self-Certification Form – Instructions regarding completing the Self-Certification Form can be found here.

Rights and Responsibilities – Information regarding the rights and responsibilities of students receiving Title IV, HEA student Financial Aid.

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) – Information regarding the requirements students need to maintain to be considered making satisfactory academic progress toward a degree to remain eligible to receive federal student financial aid.

Study Abroad – Enrollment in a study abroad program approved for credit by UWM may be considered for purposes of applying for federal student financial aid.

Health & Safety

Health & Safety

Campus Security Policies, Crime Statistics and Crime Log – Provides information about the institution’s policies and statistics relating to security and fire safety.  In addition, provides policy regarding missing student notification.

Clery Act Information
Clery Act Policy
2019 Notification of Annual Security and Fire Safety Report
2019 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report

Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program – Information and resources on the standards of conduct that clearly prohibit the unlawful possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees on the school’s property or as part of any of the school’s activities.

Vaccination Policies – Information about UWM’s policies regarding vaccinations.

Student Outcomes

Student Outcomes

Completion and Graduation Rates – Information about completion and graduation rates of certificate or degree-seeking, first-time, undergraduate students.  In addition, completion and graduation rates for students receiving athletically related student aid.

Graduate Outcome Information – Information about outcomes and types of employment obtained by graduates.

Graduate and Professional Education – Information on types of graduate and professional education in which graduates enroll.

UWM First Destination Career Outcome Survey

National Clearinghouse Information on Graduate and Professional Programs UWM Bachelor Graduates Enroll

Intercollegiate Athletic Program Participation Rates and Financial Support (Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act – EADA) – Provides information on men’s and women’s intercollegiate athletic programs.

Materials Used in Recruitment – Information provided to prospective students that may include job placement rates, licensure rates, salary information, etc.  Departments making claims are responsible for providing the most recent data available and information necessary to substantiate the truthfulness of the claims.  Please check with the specific department regarding questions.

Retention Rate – Provides retention rate information for certificate or degree seeking, first-time, undergraduate students as reported to IPEDS.

Teacher Preparation Program Report – Annual report containing school and state-level information that states must make available to the public.

Teacher Preparation Program Report 2017-2018

Transfer-out Rates (Student Right-to-Know-Act) – Information about the transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.  UWM is not required to report as only institutions with a mission to prepare students to transfer are required to report such information.

CARES Emergency Grant

CARES Emergency Grants to Students

Report and Disclosure (30 Day) – May 13, 2020

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) signed and submitted to the U.S. Department of Education (ED) the Certification of Funding and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students on April 13, 2020.  By signing the agreement, UWM has committed to award to enrolled students $8,462,833 in Emergency Financial Aid Grants, which is 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) ACT. The Certification of Funding and Agreement for the Institutional Portion, which also totals $8,462,833, was signed and submitted to ED on April 28, 2020.

Per the Office of Assessment and Institutional Research (OAIR), the official spring 2020 enrollment was 24,084.  Based upon students who have completed the 2019-20 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), between 65-70% are estimated to be eligible under Section 484 of the Higher Education Act of 1965.  Provided these students meet all the other eligibility criteria noted, they would be eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

After receiving guidance from ED on Tuesday, April 21, 2020, policies and procedures were finalized with input from campus stakeholders.  Below can be found information about eligibility criteria, communications sent to students and information about the awarding criteria and actual awards disbursed.

Eligibility Criteria

To qualify for a CARES grant, you must:

  • Have been financially impacted by the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus.  Eligible expenses include food, housing, course materials, laptops and other technology, health care and child care.  Here are some examples:
    • Signing up for home internet service to complete your online coursework.
    • Buying a laptop or other computer equipment to do coursework.
    • Buying groceries after campus dining operations closed.
    • Paying a fee to end your lease early or rent for an apartment that you are no longer living in.
  • Be enrolled in a degree or certificate program eligible for federal (Title IV) financial aid.
  • Have filed a 2019-20 or 2020-21 FAFSA in order to document eligibility to participate in federal (Title IV) programs.  Primary eligibility requirements include having a valid Social Security number, being a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen, and if required, being registered with the Selective Service.
  • Not enrolled exclusively in an online program on March 13, 2020, when President Trump issued his “Declaring a National Emergency Concerning the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak” proclamation.

Communications

A webpage was developed on the Dean of Students (DOS) website.  Additionally, multiple notifications were included on the campus COVID-19 webpage on April 28th  and May 8th .

Students were also sent multiple communications as noted below:

  • April 28th email from DOS to all students.
  • April 28th email from Financial Aid Office (FAO) to Federal Pell Grant eligible students.
  • April 28th email from DOS to UWM Emergency Grant waitlist students.
    Three similar emails from DOS were sent to students on May 11th and May 12th.
  • May 6th email sent from Deans to students within their College.
  • May 8th email from FAO to Federal Pell Grant eligible students.
  • May 8th email from University Relations.
  • May 11th email from University Relations.
  • May 11th text from Student Success Center to undergraduate students.
  • May 11th email from Graduate College to students within their College.

Award Information

As of the 30-day report, no Emergency Financial Aid Grants had been distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.  The priority application period concluded on Tuesday, May 12, 2020, and applications are currently being reviewed.

ED has given discretion to determine how the Emergency Grants will be disbursed to eligible students.  Many of UWM’s students have experienced financial hardships as a result of the pandemic.  In accordance with the directive from Secretary DeVos, UWM will prioritize funding for those students with the greatest need, those determined to be awarded a Federal Pell Grant in the spring 2020 term, whether or not they have completed an application.

UWM will use the information submitted via the short CARES application to determine which non-Federal Pell Grant eligible students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.  Additionally, the information provided by students will be used to determine the appropriate award amount.  The goal is to distribute grants as widely as possible, yet providing a meaningful award amount to those students impacted.

Update – May 19, 2020

After considering various distribution plans, UWM decided to award a standard amount ($950) to all eligible applicants and eligible Pell grant-recipients who did not apply for CARES funding.  This approach allowed for a significant number of eligible students to receive CARES funding while providing a consistent dollar amount for all recipients.  Recipients were asked to request a dollar amount within the application which allowed UWM to determine a meaningful award amount for recipients that would also benefit the maximum number of students.  Awarding the standard amount of $950 allowed for a level of consistency across student recipients and greatly expedited the time to get the funding to students.

We are confident that all Federal Pell Grant recipients had at least $950 in pandemic-related need regardless of whether they applied for CARES funding.  Given the upheaval to campus operations, on-campus housing and off-campus living situations, and daily life, we also considered that many lower-income students might not have had the immediate ability to apply before we distributed the CARES funds.  All Federal Pell Grant recipients for the spring 2020 term were awarded a Federal Emergency Grant if they also met the following criteria:

  • Were enrolled at UWM on or after March 14, 2020, which was the day after President Trump issued his “Declaring a National Emergency Concerning the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak” proclamation; and
  • Not enrolled exclusively in an online program on March 13, 2020, when President Trump issued his “Declaring a National Emergency Concerning the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak” proclamation.

Additionally, students who submitted the online application before the priority deadline, were awarded the Federal Emergency Grant if they met the following criteria:

  • Were enrolled at UWM on or after March 14, 2020, which was the day after President Trump issued his “Declaring a National Emergency Concerning the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak” proclamation;
  • Not enrolled exclusively in an online program on March 13, 2020, when President Trump issued his “Declaring a National Emergency Concerning the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak” proclamation;
  • Indicated on the application that they had been financially impacted by the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus.  Eligible expenses included food, housing, course materials, laptops and other technology, health care and child care; and
  • Was determined to be eligible to participate in federal (Title IV) financial aid, Section 484 of the Higher Education Act (HEA) of 1965, as amended.

CARES Emergency Grants were disbursed to 8,236 students totaling $7,824,200.

Update – June 8, 2020

Eligibility was reviewed for those students who completed an application between May 13, 2020 and May 28, 2020.  It was determined that 651 students were eligible and based upon the remaining funds, all were awarded the same $950 as the initial application group.

Report and Disclosure (45 Day) – June 27, 2020

As of the subsequent 45-day reporting requirement, all $8,462,833 of CARES funds have been awarded and disbursed to 8,911 eligible students.  Awards of $950 were made to 8,908 students who had received a Federal Pell Grant in the spring 2020 term or submitted a CARES application prior to May 28, 2020, and met all other eligibility requirements.  An additional three awards, two for $78 and one for $77, were made to students who expressed an interest in the CARES funds, completed the CARES application after May 28, 2020, and were determined to meet all other eligibility requirements.  The final three award amounts were based solely upon remaining funds that had not yet been committed.

CARES Institutional Portion

Per the U.S. Department of Education guidance, below can be found information on the institutional portion of money received by UWM from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF).

Quarterly Report Through September 30, 2020 – October 20, 2020

Quarterly Report Through December 31, 2020