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Tuition and fees information
Find the University of Wisconsin–Madison tuition rates, fee information, and student tuition account information.
The following offices are involved in assessing tuition and fees, disbursing financial aid, and processing bills and payments.
- Tuition Guide
- Estimated costs of attendance
- Tuition and fee due dates
- University Housing rates and billing information
- Financial information for study abroad programs
- FASFA on the Web
- UW–Madison Library’s grants information collection
- Division of Student Life crisis loans
- Campus Area Housing average rent information
- The National Endowment for Financial Education ® CashCourse
333 East Campus Mall #10101
Madison, WI 53715-1384
- Assesses tuition and fees
- Hears appeals of late initial enrollment fees
- Answers Minnesota reciprocity questions
333 East Campus Mall #9701
Madison, WI 53715-1382
- Processes applications for financial aid
- Determines eligibility for financial aid awards
- Disburses financial aid into student accounts
- Adjusts financial aid awards when needed
333 East Campus Mall #10501
Madison, WI 53715-1383
- Sends student tuition and fee bills
- Receives and processes tuition and fee payments to student accounts
- Posts financial aid from Student Financial Services and some scholarships from outside sources toward student tuition and fee charges on student accounts
- Authorizes and distributes tuition and fee refund checks
- Bills third-party sponsors for tuition and fee charges
- Handles tuition payments that were paid with bad checks
- Assesses late-payment fees on accounts not paid in full by due date
- Communicates with students regarding questions on student accounts
- Places tuition and fee holds on student records and enrollment
- Reviews late-payment fee appeals
University Housing has its own business office and operates on a billing cycle separate from that described here for tuition and fees. Questions about bills for residence halls should be directed to: University Housing, Slichter Hall 625 Babcock Drive, Madison, WI 53706, Phone: 608-262-2522
The UW–Madison campus debit card program, Wiscard, is a fast, safe, and convenient way to buy food, books, school supplies, and more. Wiscard is accepted at more than 45 locations on campus, when shown with a UW–Madison photo ID. It allows you to make deposits, check balances, and even deactivate a missing card using an online system. Phone: 608-263-1964 or 608-262-1667
UW–Madison awards more than $12 million in scholarships to undergraduates each year. Scholarships are awarded to recognize the outstanding academic work of current and future UW–Madison students. Some scholarships are offered by a specific school or college within the University while others are campus-wide and available to any admitted or enrolled student. Eligibility criteria varies based on the type of scholarship.
Job, research, and internship opportunities
Encourage your student to take advantage of opportunities offered outside of the classroom. It not only enriches their learning experience, but also may provide some extra cash, too! See our Out-of-Class Learning section for more information.
Important financial tips you may want to discuss with your student
- Set a budget. Decide ahead of time how much you can spend each month on food, entertainment, and other expenses.
- Financial institutions all offer different savings and checking accounts and services. Look for the one that best fits your needs for the lowest price.
- Keep your checkbook register up to date. ATM and debit card receipts should be entered just like a check. Keep the receipts and check them against your statement each month.
- Know the fees you’re charged each month, and be aware of additional fees you might incur for writing checks or using an ATM card. Deduct these when calculating your account balance.
- Check your bank statements. It’s a good idea to read your statements and make sure all the transactions listed match your personal records.
- Keep your financial information safe. Always know where you put your checkbook and/or ATM/debit card. If you ever lose a checkbook or card, let your financial institution know immediately.
- Always pay your bills on time; missed payments can have a negative impact on your future ability to borrow money for things you might want later in life. Contact businesses to work out a plan and consider seeking advice from a financial professional.
- If you have roommates, make sure you all sign a roommate-agreement form (available from the Tenant Resource Center)
- If you work during the summer, you should always save as much as you can of your take-home income to meet the expenses you will have in the coming school year. Try to save 50 percent.
- People in school come from a variety of backgrounds. Your real friends will understand that you may not be able to afford everything they can, such as going out frequently or taking trips. Many activities on campus are free.
Many students choose to continue banking in their hometown and rely on ATM machines and the Internet to manage their accounts. For students who would prefer to set up accounts in Madison, we recommend checking the Internet or local Yellow Pages for area banks. The University of Wisconsin–Madison does not endorse or recommend any particular financial institution.