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FINANCIAL AID



ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS


APPLICATION PROCEDURES


NOTIFICATION DATES


FINANCIAL AID PROGRAMS


SATISFACTORY ACADEMIC PROGRESS STANDARD


SHORT TERM LOANS


MORE INFORMATION AND QUESTIONS


SCHOLARSHIPS, AWARDS AND SHORT TERM LOANS


BENEFITS FOR VETERANS AND VETERANS' DEPENDENTS



www.uwlax.edu/finaid

The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse offers a wide array of merit-based, need-based and non-need based financial assistance for graduate students. 


ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

Need-Based Aid. Many financial aid programs are based on financial need as demonstrated by the application of a federal need-analysis formula to the student financial information provided on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Need-based programs include Federal Perkins Loans, Advanced Opportunity Program, Non-Resident Tuition Waivers and Native American Indian Grants.

Non-Need-Based Aid. Exceptions to the financial need requirement include Federal Direct Unsubsidized   Loans, Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loans, and alternative private bank loans for higher education. For more information, go to www.uwlax.edu/finaid.

Merit-Based Aid. Graduate assistantships are merit-based and do not require the demonstration of financial need. Graduate scholarships are also merit-based and in most cases do not require financial need. International student scholarships are merit-based and subject to a special need analysis administered by the Office of International Education.

Academic Requirements. Admission to the university is a prerequisite to consideration for financial aid. Special non-degree students are not eligible for aid unless they are working for a qualifying, approved teacher certification or certificate. Add-on teaching certifications are not eligible for federal aid. Students must demonstrate satisfactory academic progress in order to receive aid. Full-time status is required for many programs; less-than-half-time status will disqualify the student from all programs. For graduate students, nine credits is considered full-time and five credits is considered half-time for the fall, spring and summer sessions.

Other Federal and State Requirements. These include proper citizenship status, registration with the Selective Service System, and not being in default on any federal student loan. See "Withdrawal from University" for additional requirements. Awards are subject to change at any time pursuant to changes in state or federal funding levels or regulatory mandates. 


APPLICATION PROCEDURES

Financial aid applicants must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the Federal Central Processing System. File the FAFSA by March 15 for priority consideration. Nevertheless, applications are accepted throughout the academic year. The FAFSA is available at www.fafsa.gov/ ;


NOTIFICATION DATES

New students who complete their application by the March 15 priority date can expect to receive a financial aid offer between April 15 and June 30. Students who complete this application after March 15 will receive a financial aid offer as soon as possible after June 30. Applications received after July 1 may not be processed in time for students to receive their aid by the start of the fall semester. These students should be prepared to pay their initial expenses from their own resources. 


FINANCIAL AID PROGRAMS

Information concerning the various types of financial aid is available at www.uwlax.edu/finaid/typesofaid.html 

REPEAT CREDITS POLICY
Federal financial aid regulations limit the number of times a single course can be aided. Once a student has passed a class, that class can only be funded with financial aid once more. Please note this is different from the academic policy of UW-La Crosse. Even if a student is allowed to register for a course multiple times, it may not be considered when calculating a financial aid award if it exceeds the financial aid regulations.


SATISFACTORY ACADEMIC PROGRESS STANDARD

Information regarding UW-L's satisfactory academic progress policy is available at www.uwlax.edu/finaid/acadeprogr.html 


SHORT TERM LOANS

The University also administers a short term long program which provides for interest-free, short term emergency loans to student in need, provided they are enrolled for a full credit load of non-repeat courses. The Financial Aid Office, 215 Graff Main Hall, has more information and application forms. 


MORE INFORMATION AND QUESTIONS

* For more information regarding student financial aid programs, visit the Student Financial Aid Office
  Web site at www.uwlax.edu/finaid.
* Questions regarding student financial aid programs should be directed to the Student Financial Aid
  Office (215 Graff Main Hall) at (608) 785-8604 or finaid@uwlax.edu.
* For more information about graduate scholarships, visit the UWL Foundation Web site at
  www.foundation.uwlax.edu.
* Questions regarding graduate scholarships should be directed to the UW-L Foundation (Cleary
  Alumni and Friends Center) at (608)785-8489 or foundation@uwlax.edu.
* For more information about graduate assistantships, contact the Director of Graduate Studies or the
  graduate Program Director. 


SCHOLARSHIPS, AWARDS AND SHORT TERM LOANS

Many scholarships and awards have been established by alumni, faculty and staff, parents, students, businesses, and organizations. Recipients are selected by scholarship committees on the basis of an application, grade point average and other materials as deemed appropriate by departmental committees. Scholarships are presented to students whose qualifications best fit the stipulations of the donor. Approximately one-half million dollars is awarded each year. Amounts vary annually based on funding from gifts or investment earnings available from a fund.

Almost all scholarships are contingent upon full-time enrollment both fall and spring semesters at UW-L. Scholarships and awards are usually paid for the academic year in two payments, the first half in the fall semester and the other half in the spring semester.

Scholarship criteria and application are available here.

A scholarship application is also available to currently enrolled students at the UW-L Foundation Office, Cleary Alumni and Friends Center. This application covers all scholarships unless otherwise stated. Some require specific applications. All applications (unless otherwise indicated) must be submitted to the UW-L Foundation Office. Applications are submitted to various offices that offer scholarships based on academic majors; please refer to the scholarship website. The deadline for scholarship applications is March 1 each year, unless otherwise indicated. Scholarships and awards are announced at the scholarship reception set for the last Monday in April. For more information, call the Advancement Office at (608) 785-8489. 


BENEFITS FOR VETERANS AND VETERANS' DEPENDENTS

The university is fully approved for the education of veterans and veterans' dependents under both federal and state programs. New students who may qualify for benefits should report to the veterans' benefits coordinator in the Records and Registration Office, 117 Graff Main Hall, after class registration. After this initial contact, registered students must keep the coordinator apprised of their status and needs.

If you receive support from veteran programs, you are required to report to the veteran's benefits coordinator after registering for classes each semester to complete an enrollment certification form. The university must certify your attendance and credit load to the Veterans Administration. Payments of veterans' benefits depend on the number of credits carried. Graduate students should carry at least nine credits to receive full benefits under most programs. Payment will be awarded according to the schedule below:

TABLE TO DETERMINE % OF BENEFITS
Graduate Credits/Semester           Enrollment/Benefits Status
                 9+                                                          Full-time
                 7-8                                                         3/4 time
                 5-6                                                         1/2 time

Check out www.uwlax.edu/vets/ ; for additional information on veterans benefits.