Wisconsin Tuition Promise

Providing underserved Wisconsin students with a pathway to a better future through education.
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Beginning in fall 2023, the University of Wisconsin System's Wisconsin Tuition Promise will enable underserved Wisconsin students to attend any UW System university without paying tuition or fees.

By increasing the number of Wisconsin residents who earn a bachelor’s degree – especially first-generation students and those from low-to-moderate income families throughout the state – Wisconsin's public universities will continue to fulfill their pledge of service by improving individual lives and communities and by helping meet the state’s current and projected workforce needs.

The Wisconsin Tuition Promise provides up to four years of tuition and fee funding for students enrolling at any of Wisconsin's public universities (other than UW-Madison) who come from families with less than $62,000 annual income. The program is structured to provide “last dollar” financial support after accounting for federal and state grant aid and scholarships. (Tuition Promise awards will vary by individual student.)

Students will be automatically considered for the Wisconsin Tuition Promise when they apply for federal financial aid. See Eligibility Requirements below.

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Eligibility Requirements

  • Wisconsin residents.
  • First-time bachelor or associate degree seeking (includes first-time transfer).
  • Must file a FAFSA each year and in the first year have $62,000 or lower adjusted gross income.
  • Eight semesters of eligibility total for bachelor-degree-seeking students. Four semesters of eligibility for associate-degree-seeking and transfer students. A student who transfers after the first year could be eligible for six semesters. Count will start in fall 2023
  • Fall and spring enrollment only.
  • Must meet Standards of Academic Progress (SAP) and other Title IV eligibility requirements for continued eligibility.
  • Must be continuously enrolled.
  • Must have been employed at some point during the preceding year.

System President Rothman announces Wisconsin Tuition Promise

University of Wisconsin System President Jay Rothman announced the creation of the Wisconsin Tuition Promise, a new initiative starting in fall 2023.
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