Students Transferring Out
If a student is not returning to UW-La Crosse and has been awarded financial aid for the upcoming term, they must inform the Financial Aid Office in writing so that their aid can be cancelled.
If a student is leaving UW-La Crosse and received a Federal Stafford or Direct Loan during their time at UW-L, they will be required to complete Exit Loan Counseling. If they received a Federal Perkins Loan during their time at UWL, they will receive an e-mail with instructions on completing Perkins Exit Loan Counseling.
If a student is transferring to another school, they should also contact that school to determine what they require from the student in order to award financial aid.
1- Cancel Aid At Previous School
When a student is transferring to UW-La Crosse from another institution where they were awarded financial aid, they should contact the original school and have their aid cancelled.
2- Add UW-L's School Code to FAFSA
If the student has already filed the FAFSA for the academic year, they will need to return to the FAFSA website, add UW-L's school code, 003919, and resubmit the FAFSA. Once UWL receives the FAFSA information, the Financial Aid Office will send an e-mail to the student letting them know if there are any additional forms or documents that must be submitted.
3- Financial Aid Award Letter
Once the file is complete, the student will be sent an e-mail letting them know that their award is available on their WINGS Student Center.
If the student is transferring into UW-L but did not file the FAFSA and did not receive aid at their previous school, they should complete the required steps found on our Applying for Aid webpage.
4- Financial Aid Disbursement
If all necessary paperwork has been completed, financial aid funds are disbursed on the first day of classes each semester. Federal and state grants, Federal Perkins Loans and Federal Stafford Loans will be electronically credited to your University bill.
5- Tower One Card and
All financial aid proceeds are applied first to the student’s university bill. If there are funds left over after the bill is paid in full, a change check is created. When a transfer student arrives on campus, they must have their picture taken for their Tower One I.D. card. The card is then mailed to the student and the student must activate the card. When a student activates their Tower One Card, they must choose one of three options for the handling of their change check:
1- Funds are applied to their Tower One debit account
2- Funds are transferred to the student’s personal bank (an ACH transfer)
3- A paper check is mailed to the student.
It is important that students activate their Tower One Card when they receive it in order to ensure that their change check can be processed.
Students are responsible for paying their bill regardless of when their financial aid comes in. This checklist constitutes sufficient notification of the necessary procedures. It is the student’s responsibility to complete all steps of the application process.