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Financial Assistance for Graduate Students

Graduate Assistantships expanding section

Graduate Assistantships are available for students in many UWL graduate programs. They recognize strong academic and scholarly achievement or potential, relative to the expectations in the discipline and/or demonstrated leadership potential. Teaching, project, and research assistantships provide funding to support full-time studies and assist with healthcare costs.  Please contact your program director for more information.

Non-Resident Tuition Waivers expanding section

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 nonresidents for tuition purposes.  Please contact your program director for more information.

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

Advanced Opportunity Program (AOP) expanding section

AOP Grants recognize strong academic achievement and potential among newly admitted or continuing students who show financial need. 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) 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

Please contact the Graduate Studies Office for more information.

Scholarships expanding section

All students are encouraged to apply for scholarships. Numerous scholarship opportunities are available for graduate students through the UWL Foundation (note annual application deadline of February 1). 

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.

Federal Education Loans expanding section

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.  The please visit the Finanical Aid website for more detailed information.