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.
  • Advanced Opportunity Grants may be awarded to WI resident graduate students who are African American, American Indian, Latinx, or Southeast Asian -- see below for more information.
  • 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).

Funding Sources:

Financial Aid

  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Our financial aid institutional code is 003919. Do this as soon as you can after you accept the offer to join the SAA program.
  • To be eligible for Financial Aid, students must take at least 5 credits per semester or 5 credits over summer session.
  • Starting approximately April 15, financial aid awards will be mailed and students will have three weeks to return the award form if they wish to decline their awards. Spring and summer financial aid applications for online students are processed as they are received.
  • Students from Minnesota must apply for the Reciprocity Agreement tuition at the Cashier's website to avoid paying out-of-state residency fees.

SAA Need-based Scholarships (incoming students)

  • We offer scholarships to incoming 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 have an undergraduate GPA of 2.85 or above. 
  • Prospective students must e-mail saa@uwlax.edu by February 1 to receive an application for the scholarship. For SAA to verify a student's financial need, students need to file their FAFSA for the spring semester with UWL (code: 003919). A committee of SAA Faculty will determine the grant recipients. Awards will be made by March 1 and will appear on the financial aid award letters around April 15. 

Scholarships 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 Need-based Grants (returning students)

  • We offer scholarships 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). 
  • Continuing students will receive an e-mail in October of each year with an application for the SAA grant
  • Applications will be due December 1 and awards will be made by January 15
  • Awards will appear as credits on the student's bursar's bill

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.   

Advanced Opportunity Grants (Wisconsin residents only)

  • The Advanced Opportunity Grant is funded by the State of Wisconsin, and is intended to encourage and assist graduate African-American, Hispanic, Native American, and Southeast Asian Refugee students with educational costs. Only Wisconsin residents with demonstrated financial need are eligible. The amount of each AOP grant is based on a number of factors, including the number of approved applications, the student's enrollment, and FAFSA information. Since funding is limited, students are encouraged to complete the FAFSA as early as possible for consideration. FAFSA applications received and processed by the Financial Aid Office before September 1st will be given priority each year.

UWL Staff Employee Educational Assistance Program

  • UWL employees who are interested in the Ed.D. or online M.S.Ed. programs should inquire about the possibility of the new Employee Educational Assistance Program covering parts of tuition. Employees must be in at least .50 FTE positions. Graduate assistants are not covered by this policy. 

SAA-specific UWL Foundation Scholarships

  • 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. Please note that the deadline is February. SAA will continue to work on creating more scholarship opportunities over the next few years. 

Out-of-State 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 necessarily for online students, who all pay the same rate regardless of residency.
  • Please inquire at saa@uwlax.edu if you have questions about the potential for out-of-state tuition waivers

UWL Scholarship Resource Center

Additional Resources

  • Students can apply for small grants though the Office of Graduate Studies if they pay segregated fees (usually only the On-Campus students). The Graduate Student Research Grant Program makes awards during the Fall and Spring.
  • Students who are already working in higher education or student affairs (online option) are encouraged to check into tuition reimbursement programs through their employers.