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Wisconsin Tuition Promise

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Wisconsin Tuition Promise

Launching in fall 2023, the Wisconsin Tuition Promise is a new initiative to ensure underserved Wisconsin students can attend any UW System university without paying tuition or fees.

The goal of the program is to increase the number of state residents who graduate with a bachelor’s degree – especially first-generation students and those from low-to-moderate income families throughout Wisconsin – thereby improving individual lives and communities and helping meet the state’s workforce needs.

The Wisconsin Tuition Promise would provide up to four years of tuition and fee funding for students coming from families earning less than $62,000 annually and enrolling at the 12 public universities other than UW-Madison.

The program would be structured to provide “last dollar” financial support after federal and state grant aid and tuition scholarships are accounted for; as a result, Tuition Promise awards will vary.

Eligible students will be Wisconsin residents, first-time enrollees or transfers in fall 2023 or spring 2024, and attending full-time. See Eligibility Requirements below. 

Students will be automatically considered for the Wisconsin Tuition Promise when they apply for federal financial aid.

Eligibility Requirements

Currently, only those that enter in fall 2023 or spring 2024 are eligible.

  • Wisconsin residents.
  • First-time bachelor or associate degree seeking (includes first-time transfer).
  • Must file a FAFSA each year and in the first year have $62,000 or lower adjusted gross income.
  • Eight semesters of eligibility total for bachelor-degree-seeking students. Four semesters of eligibility for associate-degree-seeking and transfer students. A student who transfers after the first year could be eligible for six semesters. Count will start in fall 2023
  • Fall and spring enrollment only.
  • Must meet Standards of Academic Progress (SAP) and other Title IV eligibility requirements for continued eligibility.
  • Must be continuously enrolled.
  • Must have been employed at some point during the preceding year.

Frequently Asked Questions

What tuition and fees are covered?

Tuition including differential and segregated fees only. 

Differential Tuition

Segregated Fees

 Fees not covered include, but are not limited to:

textbook rental, course fees, registration fee, canvas fee, career services fee, enrollment fee, placement test fee, printing, parking, health center, athletics, residence halls, meal plans