Financial Aid

Tuition and Fees

Current tuition rates and fee schedules are available at:


Student loans are available to students taking six credits or more per semester. For more information, contact the UWM Financial Aid Office at (414) 229-4541 or visit .

Scholarships and Fellowships

Information on available scholarships and fellowships is available through the UWM Graduate School and UWM Financial Services Office. Some of our graduate students have benefited from the following scholarship and fellowship programs:

Academic Opportunity Fellowships are designed to assist qualified full-time graduate students who are members of groups underrepresented in graduate study, or are otherwise disadvantaged, to complete a graduate degree at UWM. Application deadline: February 8, annually.

The Economic Development Fellows Program (ED) is a two-year fellowship opportunity that combines work in a government agency or community-based organization with graduate level study at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. Individuals with an interest in economic development issues will find this program to be valuable in both practical and theoretical training.

Non-Resident Tuition Remission (NRTR)

The NRTR waiver grants out-of-state students the ability to pay in-state tuition rates. To find out more about this program, its restrictions, and how to apply, contact the Department Chair. Typically, applications for an NRTR are made only after an offer of admission.

Nonprofit Management and Leadership Scholarship Fund

The Helen Bader Institute welcomes inquiries at any time regarding the availability of various scholarships through its Nonprofit Management and Leadership Scholarship Fund.

To be eligible, student:

Must be admitted as a student in the Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management or the Master of Science in Nonprofit Management and Leadership degree programs at UWM. Additionally, they must be enrolled in at least one nonprofit-related course per semester for their application to be considered.

  1. Demonstrate evidence of financial need; and/or
  2. Demonstrate exceptional merit or other evidence of outstanding potential for success as a nonprofit manager or leader. Scholarship awards vary in amount. A completed application must be submitted by August 1 for the Fall semester and December 15 for the Spring semester. For more information, contact the Helen Bader Institute at

The scholarship process for all students begins with UWM’s Scholarship Portal. You will need to create a general profile and upload a copy of your transcript.