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Student Affairs Administration, Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.)

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Tuition and fees are subject to change every year. Please check the UWL Cost to attend page for updates. Also refer to Financial Aid and Know Your Cost to Attend.
  • On-campus program students pay on-campus tuition rates (includes segregated fees)
    • For most students, the stipend earned in a graduate assistantship or internship will be slightly more than the annual tuition costs.  
  • Online and blended program students pay online tuition rates (does not include segregated fees)
    • The current per credit rate for online tuition is $575 for M.S.Ed. and $700 for Ed.D. (Note: The same rates apply for all students regardless of their residency for tuition purposes)
  • Students are also responsible for the cost of textbooks, access to a computer, and steady Internet access.  We do make books available for free via our library wherever possible to reduce out-of-pocket costs.
  • The SAA contact for financial aid is Christina Hayes.
  • See Federal Student Aid for information about deferring undergraduate loans while enrolled in the SAA program. (Students qualify if enrolled at least half-time).
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  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Our financial aid institutional code is 003919. Complete by February 1, or as soon as possible, for full consideration for need-based grants from the department.
  • To be eligible for Financial Aid, students must enroll in at least 5 credits per term.
  • Students from Minnesota must apply for the Reciprocity Agreement to avoid paying out-of-state residency fees.
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SAA Need-based Grants (incoming students)

  • We offer need-based grants to incoming M.S.Ed. students (on-campus, online, and blended program options) and Ed.D. students. Individual awards range from $250-3,000. 
  • For SAA to verify a student's financial need, students need to file their FAFSA with UWL (code: 003919). Awards are made in early March, with the hope of being included in admissions offer letters.

SAA Need-based Grants (continuing students)

  • We may also offer grants to returning M.S.Ed. students (on-campus, online, and blended program options) and Ed.D. students on the basis of financial need. Individual awards will total between $500 and $1,000. Aside from showing financial need, applicants must be in good academic standing (UWL cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above). 
  • Awards are typically granted in the spring term.

Priority in awarding grants to returning students will be given to:     

  1. Students who demonstrate financial need (UWL Financial Aid will provide the applicant's FAFSA to SAA) and who are in good academic standing 
  2. Students who did not receive an out-of-state tuition waiver through UWL Graduate Studies or their employer
  3. Students who received a partial out-of-state tuition waiver through UWL Graduate Studies or their employer
  4. Students who work in a position not requiring more than 20 hours per week.  

Grants will be awarded on the basis of financial need in accordance with UWL Financial Aid policies. Please view the policies on UWL Financial Aid for more information.   

SAA-specific UWL Foundation Scholarships (continuing students)

  • Continuing students can apply for specific SAA scholarships through the UWL Foundation Scholarship Site. Enter "SAA" in the search field and hit enter. Awards range in amount up to $1,000. Most funds are available only to continuing students in the master's program, with most giving preference to those in the on-campus program.  The deadline is February 1. SAA will continue to work on creating more scholarship opportunities over the next few years. 

Out-of-State Portion of Non-Resident Tuition Waivers

  • UW-La Crosse and SAA may offer funds to at least partially cover the out-of-state portion of tuition for as many of our on-campus students as possible. This is not necessary for online or blended students, who pay the same rate regardless of residency.
  • Those who are in graduate assistant positions in University Centers or Residence Life are typically eligible for this award, and we often can fund a few additional waivers to students in other assistantships.
  • Please inquire at saa@uwlax.edu if you have questions about the potential for waiving the non-resident portion of tuition

Additional Resources

  • Students can apply for small grants though the Office of Graduate Studies if they pay segregated fees (on-campus students only). Please visit the Graduate Studies website for details on the Research, Service and Educational Leadership Grant as well as the Professional Travel Grant programs.
  • Students who are already working in higher education or student affairs (online students) are encouraged to check into tuition reimbursement programs through their employers.

Financial assistance for graduate students

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UWL will pay the graduate school application fee for McNair Scholars.  To receive this benefit, request an application fee payment form from your undergraduate McNair Scholars contact or download a copy.

When completing the UW System application, simply skip the application fee payment section.  Completed fee forms should be emailed directly to UWL Graduate Admissions admissions@uwlax.edu or mailed to the address below.  Once we receive your form, your application will be updated in our system to confirm the payment requirement has been completed.

Graduate Admissions Office
1725 State Street
La Crosse, WI 54601

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AOP Grants recognize strong academic achievement and potential among newly admitted or continuing students who show financial need. These grants provide graduate tuition support for eligible Wisconsin residents from traditionally underrepresented minority and non-minority groups (African American, American Indian, Latinx, designated Southeast Asian) and/or economically disadvantaged students in advanced degree programs.  AOP awards are competitive and need-based (FAFSA required). 

Institutional Award priority:          

  1. WI residents, full-time, and on-campus
  2. WI residents, part-time, and on-campus
  3. WI residents, online

AOP applications will be accepted starting in October of each academic year and evaluated in March; notifications of awards will be sent by late March. Please contact the Graduate Studies Office for more information.

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Non-resident tuition waivers are available for students in many UWL graduate programs. They recognize strong academic achievement and potential among newly admitted or continuing graduate students who are non-residents for tuition purposes.  Please contact your program director for more information as soon as possible if you are considering an application to UWL.

All students, including those who receive non-resident tuition waivers, must pay in-state tuition and fees.

Note: Minnesota residents may qualify for lower than regular non-resident tuition rates at UW-La Crosse, due to the reciprocity agreement between Minnesota and Wisconsin. Information about how to apply is available on the Financial Aid Office's Minnesota reciprocity webpage. If you are starting in the summer, apply for reciprocity for both the current and the upcoming school year. 

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All students are encouraged to apply for scholarships. Numerous scholarship opportunities are available for graduate students through the UWL Foundation. Some scholarships have an application deadline of February 1st or later (please review to determine dates). 

In addition, students should take advantage of the UWL Scholarship Resource Center.  The center maintains an extensive database of private scholarships and other scholarship resources.

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UWL employees should inquire about the possibility of the Employee Educational Assistance Program covering parts of tuition. Employees must be in at least 0.50 FTE positions. Graduate assistants are not covered by this policy. 

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UWL has a dedicated office for veteran services to help navigate the process of transitioning from military to university life.  This office is also a great resource for financial information related to veteran educational benefits. Please visit the Veteran Services website for more detailed information

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Graduate students may have eligibility to borrow under the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan and/or the Federal Graduate PLUS Loan programs to assist with the cost of their attendance. Both programs require a completed FAFSA.  While UWL encourages students to only borrow ‘what they need’, loans are available to ease the burden of paying for a graduate education and can be a worthwhile investment.  Please visit the Financial Aid website for more detailed information.

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Students who need additional funds for education, beyond what was awarded on their financial aid award letter, might consider a private student loan. These loans are private educational loans from a lender and are not guaranteed by the federal government. Approval of a private student loan is based on creditworthiness. Most students will require a co-signer.

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The Office of Student Life has compiled a wide range of resources related to supporting students facing financial difficulties and other challenges. Many of these apply most directly to on-campus students. There are also emergency funds available to support students impacted by COVID-19, whether they are enrolled in on-campus, online, or hybrid programs.