The first step in applying for aid is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov. Be sure to include UWL’s school code, 003919, on the FAFSA. Once UWL receives the FAFSA results, we will send you an e-mail letting you know whether we need any additional documentation.
Yes. You must reapply each year. The FAFSA is available every October 1 for the upcoming year.
Yes. However, a financial aid counselor will not be able to review your file for a financial aid award until you have been admitted. If you submitted your FAFSA prior to admission to the college, please contact the UWL Financial Aid Office once you have been admitted, to initiate the awarding process.
The priority date for applications for the fall semester is March 15th each year. This is not a deadline since applications are accepted throughout the academic year. Students applying for the current spring term whose applications are received after April 30th are unlikely to have their applications processed in time to receive aid.
Answer the questions about the parent that you lived with more during the last twelve months. If this parent has remarried, answer the questions on the rest of the form about that parent and the person whom your parent married (your stepparent).
Contact the UWL Financial Aid Office and inform us of the error.
Contact the UWL Financial Aid Office to inform them of these changes. If necessary, documentation will be requested and in some cases an adjustment to your financial aid award can be made.
If you can answer 'YES' to any of the following questions:
- Are you 24 years old?
- Will you be working on a Master's Degree in the upcoming year?
- Are you married?
- Do you have children that you provide at least half of their support?
- Are you an orphan?
- Are you a veteran?
General financial aid FAQ
If you are checking on the status of your FAFSA, visit the FAFSA website, www.fafsa.gov. If your FAFSA has been processed, you will receive an email notification when UWL has received your FAFSA. Once your award is available, you will receive an email notification to your campus email and the financial aid award will be posted to your WINGS Student Center.
Yes. If it is necessary to reduce other financial aid as a result of a scholarship, assistantship and/or RA position, aid would be reduced in the following order: loans, work-study and grants. Report any scholarships or other resources on the 2017-18 Scholarship & Other Resources Notification Form or report it using the WINGS student center online “Report Other Financial Aid” link.
Your financial aid is awarded based on your enrollment status. Half time and 3/4 time students will have their aid reduced accordingly. You must be at least half time to be eligible for financial aid.
12 credits undergraduates
9 credits graduate students
Half time -
6 credits undergraduates
5 credits graduate students
3/4 time -
9 credits undergraduates
7 credits graduate students
Depending on the date of your withdrawal, all or a portion of the student financial aid awarded to you may be returned to the student financial aid programs.
Once your bill is paid in full, any additional funds will generate a refund. Student refunds at UWL are managed in partnership with Nelnet Business Solutions. They provide an easy, efficient, and safe way get your refund each semester if money is due back to you.
Refunds are processed by direct deposit to any bank account of your choosing within 2-3 business days after the refund is processed. You will need to set up a refund profile in Nelnet and provide your banking information for the account you want your funds deposited into.
To access the Nelnet profile page, log into your WINGS account and look for the "Student Choice Refund" link in the Finances section of your Student Center page.
Yes. There are a number of student employment opportunities on campus that are non work-study.
You must complete the Summer School Financial Aid Application and submit it to the UWL Financial Aid Office for consideration of student loans and federal work-study only.
The application is available after January 1.
Loan amounts borrowed in the summer may affect eligibility for the upcoming academic year.
You must also complete the FAFSA for the upcoming year in order to be eligible for summer aid.
Some students may qualify for a Federal Pell Grant.
Yes. There is the possibility of increased loan eligibility and there is a small need-based grant available to Wisconsin students who qualify.
There is a Study Abroad Brochure that gives more information regarding the financial aid options for study abroad.
You must be a US citizen or an eligible non-citizen to be eligible for federal student assistance.
Feel free to contact us at the UW-La Crosse Financial Aid Office, 215 Graff Main Hall, 608.785.8604, if you have additional questions.
Subsidized loans are 'subsidized' by the Federal government. The government is paying the interest on the loan while you are enrolled in school.
Unsubsidized loans are not 'subsidized' by the Federal government. As such, the borrower is responsible for the interest while enrolled. If the interest is not paid by the borrower during that period of enrollment, the interest will capitalize on the principal and the loan amount to be repaid will increase.
To view all of your federal loans, interest rates and the current holder of the loan and the contact information for that servicer, log in to www.nslds.ed.gov.
You don’t have to begin repaying most federal student loans until after you leave college or drop below half-time enrollment. However, PLUS loans enter repayment once your loan is fully disbursed (paid out).
Your loan servicer or lender must provide you with a loan repayment schedule that states when your first payment is due, the number and frequency of payments, and the amount of each payment. Keep in mind that your loan may have a grace period.
If your student loan is in default, you are not eligible to receive further financial aid until the default has been cleared.
The US Department of Education has set up a website to help you clear the record, https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/default. This site provides information of Federal Stafford, PLUS, Direct and Perkins Loans and discusses the consequences of default, help determine which agency holds your defaulted notes, outline options for clearing your default status, and explain how to possibly resolve disputes on your status. You may also want to contact your lender and/or guarantee agency.
For UWL/institutional scholarships, visit the UWL Foundation website to apply online. Click on "Opportunities" and select "Ours" to find information about these scholarships. Deadline is February 15 of each year.
For information about private external scholarships:
- Visit the UWL Foundation website, click on "Opportunities" and select "External" to find out information about private external scholarships. They are sorted by deadline date.
- Visit the UWL Financial Aid Scholarship page for access to a variety of outside databases that contain information about scholarships.
No. Often these types of organizations are scams and you are able to locate the same information for free. Visit our scholarship page for additional information.
Inform the Financial Aid Office of the amount and the name of the donor of all scholarships you will be receiving by reporting it using the WINGS student center online “Report Other Financial Aid” link or on the 2017-18 Scholarship & Other Resources Notification Form and return the form to the UWL Financial Aid Office. If you have questions, contact the UWL Financial Aid Office.