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Financial assistance for graduate students

Application Fee Assistance expanding section

UWL offers a graduate school application fee waiver for McNair Scholars.  You can request a waiver 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 waiver forms should be emailed directly to UWL Graduate Admissions admissions@uwlax.edu or mailed to the address below.  Once we receive your fee waiver, 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

Advanced Opportunity Program (AOP) expanding section

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.

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 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. 

Scholarships expanding section

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.

Veteran Benefits expanding section

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

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.  Please visit the Financial Aid website for more detailed information.

Alternative Education Loans expanding section

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

Employee Educational Assistance Program expanding section

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.