The Office of Student Financial Aid assists students whose personal and family resources are not adequate to cover the costs involved in attending UW-Madison by:
- Processing financial aid forms to determine eligibility for grants, loans, and work-study employment
- Advising students regarding financial aid and money management
- Providing information on part-time employment, both on- and off-campus
- Offering assistance in obtaining information about scholarships
Office hours are 7:45 am until 4:30 pm (Central Time) Monday through Friday.Hide this message
Did you miss the Financial Aid WebChat hosted by the Parent Program and Office of Student Financial Aid on Tuesday 2/18?
Review the WebChat transcript online
eREFUNDS - Enroll Now
Direct (ACH) Deposit for Student Tuition Refunds.
Students can have their tuition refunds directly deposited to their personal savings or checking accounts.
To enroll, please log on to your UW-Madison Student Center and click on “eRefund Management” under My Account.
Click on this link Bursar. for more information. Effective Spring 2014, eRefunds will be processed daily and paper checks will be processed once a week.
Only student refunds are eligible for eRefunds; Parent PLUS refunds will continue to be sent via paper check.
For more information please contact the Bursar's Office directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-262-3611.
If your your loan did not disburse.
Click here for possible reasons.
2014-2015 Seven Easy Steps to the FAFSA:
A Student's Guide to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid:
Click on this link to view individual tutorial steps for each of the 7 sections of the FAFSA.
They can be viewed separately or as a whole.
Announcements from the Department of Education
The IRS will begin processing most tax returns on January 31, 2014 or later to accommodate the delay in processing due to the government shutdown.
In keeping with the Supreme Court decision ruling Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional, follow these instructions when filling out the FAFSA: For all FAFSA questions related to marital status, applicants who are married or the married parents of dependent applicants must respond as married without regard to whether the marriage is between individuals of the same sex or opposite sex. This applies if the applicant and applicant's spouse, or the applicant's parents, were legally married in any state or jurisdiction (including a foreign country), without regard to where the couple resides or where the student will be attending college.
New for 2014-2015 a dependent student will be required to include income and other information about both of the student's legal parents (biological or adoptive) if the parents are living together, regardless of the parents' marital status or gender.
MISLEADING MAILINGS RELATED TO FINANCIAL AID
It has come to our attention that misleading mailings are being received by families of current and prospective students. These mailings look “official” and often use a seal that might appear to be an official seal of the U.S. Department of Education; it is not.
Students should never pay a fee to access federal, state or university financial aid at UW-Madison. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is just that, free. Please contact our office if you have concerns about any solicitation or mailing you receive regarding financial aid.
Funding Study Abroad
Questions about funding options for a UW-Madison study abroad program? You can listen to a recording of an online Funding Study Abroad Information Session at Funding Study Abroad
Federal Direct Loan Interest Rates Announced in Bipartisan Student Loan Act of 2013
Federal Direct Loans disbursed after July 1, 2013 now have a new fixed interest rate based on the Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act of 2013. This law changes the way Federal Direct Loan interest rates are calculated each year. In June of each year, Congress will announce the new interest rates for loans disbursed on or after July 1st. Those interest rates are calculated based on the 10-year Treasury Rate with an additional percentage add-on. Undergraduate Federal Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized loans disbursed on or after July 1, 2013 will have a 3.86% interest rate for the life of the loan. Graduate and professional Federal Direct Unsubsidized loans disbursed on or after July 1, 2013 will have a 5.41% interest rate for the life of the loan. Federal Direct Graduate Plus and Parent Plus loans disbursed on or after July 1, 2013 will have a 6.41% interest rate for the life of the loan.
Department of Education's Federal Student Aid Office (FSA) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) partner up.
This collaboration is hoping to reach more individuals with low-to moderate incomes to provide information, assistance, and access to their relevant services. For further information visit our Financial Aid News page at the More News link below.