Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Does the University accept credit cards or electronic
payments by check for tuition?
The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
does accept MasterCard, American Express and Discover for
tuition purposes. Debit/Credit Card payments can be made via the
Web only. UW-L also
accepts payment by check electronically on the Web. We do not
accept credit/debit cards at the Cashier's Office window.
There is a 2.75% convenience fee for all debit and credit
There is no fee for electronic check (e-checks) transactions.
Please note UW-L does not
accept VISA Debit/Credit cards because of their convenience fee
structure. If you
have a VISA debit card, you can simply do an e-check from the
bank account the debit card is linked to instead.
Q: How much do I owe for tuition
If you have settled on the number of
credits that you will be taking, you will find the amount in the
schedule of tuition fees maintained by the Cashier's Office.
Further information is also available regarding fees and
billings. Once the semester has started, you can also view your
current semester fees through WINGS.
Q: What are segregated fees and
why do I pay for these fees if I do not use what they fund?
Q: I'm from Minnesota and I was
charged non-resident fees. Why?
The term “Segregated University
Fee(s)” describes charges in addition to instructional fees that
are assessed to all students for services, programs, and
facilities that support the primary mission of the university.
Segregated fee funding is designed to provide funds for
recreational, cultural, and leisure activities and groups that
are not funded through other state appropriations. Segregated
fees are not designed to be user fees, but are intended to
contribute to the richness of the university community. Because
segregated fees are not intended to be user fees, they function
more like a tax. Students do have some control over where these
fees are distributed. Segregated fees are allocated to groups
using the Student Association committee structure. The
Apportionment Committee develops the segregated fee budget and
the Student Senate finalizes the approval. If you have
additional questions regarding segregated fees please call
University Centers at 608-785-8888.
- It is the student’s responsibility to apply for the
Reciprocity Agreement. Reciprocity is not automatic. The
State of Minnesota grants reciprocity on the basis of the
application provided by the student. Students must apply
online at www.ohe.state.mn.us.
- Those who do not apply or apply late and/or are not
approved, will be required to pay non-resident rates.
Q: What should I do if I
don't get a tuition/fee bill?
Bills for tuition and fees will
be e-mailed to your campus e-mail account or you can view your
bill on the web through the TALON System. Tuition due dates can
also be viewed on this website. See links.
Q: Where do I submit my
payments for tuition and/or fees?
- You may pay by credit/debit card or electronically by
check (ACH) on the web through the WINGS system or from the
"Parent" page at http://www.uwlax.edu/parents.
- You may pay cash in the Cashier's Office, Room 121 Graff
Main Hall. You may also place payments in the drop box
outside of our office. An envelope is not necessary. Please
make checks out to UW-La Crosse and be sure that the
student's id number is written on the front of the check.
- If you would like to mail your payment, please send to:
Cashier's Office Room 121 Graff Main Hall 1725 State
Street La Crosse, WI 54601
Please include the student's id number on the check. The
payment must be RECEIVED by the due date NOT POSTMARKED!
Q: How do I receive my
Good News! Most financial aid is
directly applied against your charges on your student account.
Once financial aid is applied, it will appear on your tuition
bill. If you are expecting your financial aid to overpay your
tuition and fees, these funds will be disbursed to you based on
the preference you chose when you activated your Tower One Card:
Q: My parents have a PLUS loan.
How should we pay tuition and fees?
PLUS loan proceeds are sent
either electronically or by paper check to the university. This
will depend on the option chosen when the loan application was
completed. PLUS loans that are sent electronically will be
applied directly to the student bill and any overpayment will be
refunded directly to the student. PLUS loans sent via paper
check will be mailed to the parents home address. Parents should
then send a personal check to the University before the assigned
Q: If I drop credits, what do I
do about financial aid?
Any reduction in the amount of
your tuition/fees for the semester is apt to affect your
financial aid package. You should contact the Financial Aid
Office as soon as you discover that your tuition/fees will be
Q: A 3rd Party sponsor is paying
my tuition. When will I get a refund?
You will receive a refund for any
excess tuition/fees amount on your account. In general, the
sponsor will be billed after the first two weeks of classes have
ended. The refund process will begin only after the check from
your sponsor has been received in the Cashier's Office and
applied to the student's account. Refunds are disbursed to you
based on the preference you chose when you activated your Tower OneCard: http://www.uwlax.edu/TowerOneCard/
Q: My Credit/Debit Card has a
large enough available balance to pay my tuition. Why is my
payment being declined?
Many Credit/Debit cards have a
transaction or daily limit on them to help prevent fraud. Try
entering a smaller payment amount. All "One Account" holders
have a $2500 daily limit.