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Financial Support

Financing a college degree can be challenging and our office is here to assist our students and their families with any questions or concerns they might have. OMSS has dedicated staff who are  well versed in the financial aspects of higher education. Staff aide students in their search for financial aid and other resources. 

There are scholarships and grant programs available in our office, for information please contact Reg Hawkins ( or (608) 785-8825.

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All Students

The items listed below can be available to all students, that includes students thinking about attending, currently attending, and graduate students.

UW- La Crosse Foundation  

UW-La Crosse Foundation is for incoming first-year students, transfer, and continuing student scholarships are available through the UWL Foundation. To view this information and application, visit UWL Foundation which administers all Foundation scholarships.

 UWL Foundation Scholarships are available each year starting October 1st. 

 UWL Foundation scholarships are awarded in late Spring and the funds will be applied the following Fall. 


To learn about scholarship opportunities at UWL, please visit Scholarships Resource Center. UW-LA Crosse also created an “Outside Scholarship” database that will allow a student to search for scholarships related to their identities, major, or the school they are housed. View Outside Scholarships.


Priority deadline to submit your FAFSA is February 1st at UWL (February 1st, 2024 for the 2024-25 FAFSA)

If you have questions about the Federal Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), please feel free to check in with Steph Pinal ( in OMSS or connect with a Financial Aid Counselor. To receive general information about the FAFSA, visit UWL’s FAFSA General Eligibility. 

To gain more in depth information about FAFSA, visit the Student Guide to Understanding Financial Aid, US Dept. of EducationSmart Student Guide, or Federal Student Aid. 

Native/American Indian 

For students who identify as American Indian, Native, and/or Indigenous there are state and federal opportunities. To see the available option, please visit: 

Indian Student Assistance Grant, an award for “Wisconsin residents who are at least 25% Native American.” 

For the Federal Grant option, please visit the Bureau of Indian Education. 

Study Abroad

Interested in Studying Abroad and wanting to learn about the opportunities to finance your experience abroad, visit Financing Study Abroad.

Lawton Undergraduate Minority Retention Grants 

The Lawton Undergraduate Minority Retention Grant Program is a state-funded grant program established to financially assist and support students in completing their undergraduate degrees. Full-time students are eligible for funds up to $4,000, for up to four years or 8 semesters based on financial need. Students must complete 24 credits during the academic year to continue to be qualified for this Grant. 

The Lawton Grant is available to students who meet the following requirements:

Sophomore standing and above (30 credits or more)

Minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA 

United States Citizen 

Wisconsin Resident 

Identify as African American, Latinx/o/a, American Indian, Southeast Asian American Student of Vietnamese, Cambodian, Laotian, Hmong Heritage

Contact Steph Pinal at, with additional questions and/or concerns.


Advanced Opportunity Program (AOP) 

The intent of the Advanced Opportunity Program Grant is to provide financial assistance to designated racial/ethnic minority and disadvantaged graduate students to improve opportunities for retention and graduation and lessen the burden of student debt.

Awards are available to graduate students who are:  

Member of a disadvantaged or underrepresented racial/ethnic minority group or an economically disadvantaged student.   

Students officially admitted to a graduate program at UWL 

U.S. Citizen or permanent resident 

Priority is given to: 

WI residents

Must be at least half-time (5 credits) per semester 

Submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to UW-La Crosse 

Apply for AOP Grant

For more information about financing your graduate career visit, Financial Aid for graduate students. 

For more information about AOP, please contact Dr. Meredith Thomsen (Dean for Graduate & Extended Learning). 


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