Financial Assistance

Federal Direct Graduate Plus Loan

Graduate students are eligible to borrow through the PLUS program. The PLUS Loan may not exceed the student’s estimated cost of attendance minus any estimated financial assistance the student has been or will be awarded during the period of enrollment. An origination fee is assessed at the time the loan is made. The current interest rate is 6.41%.

Standard for Maximum Time Frame

The total maximum time frame for graduate students receiving financial aid cannot exceed 150% of the published length of the program. For example, a program requiring 30 credits for graduation would allow 45 credit attempts (30 x 150% = 45). When enrolled in degree programs that have a published minimum unit requirement for graduation of greater than 30 credits, financial aid eligibility may be extended.

The maximum time frame for undergraduate students seeking a second degree (special students) is 90 credits.

Graduate Assistantships

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater has a limited number of graduate assistantships for selected full-time graduate students. To be eligible for consideration, individuals must be enrolled in a graduate degree program at UW-Whitewater in good standing status. Graduate assistants must register for at least nine graduate credits, but no more than 12 credits, each semester.

Students receiving full assistantship awards are expected to perform 20 hours of service per week. Work loads for partial awards are reduced proportionately. Duties will involve assignments such as laboratory assistant, research assistant, the preparation of materials for instruction, or other assignments of an academic nature.

The amount of a full assistantship award for the 2015-2016 academic year was $10,559. The award amount and availability of graduate assistantships for subsequent years is contingent upon funding being appropriated from the Wisconsin State Legislature, and is subject to change. All students who receive at least 2/3 of a full assistantship for an academic year or one semester will qualify for fringe benefits (such as health, dental, and life insurance). When funds are available, out-of-state students who receive at least 2/3 of a full assistantship for an academic year or for one semester will be eligible for a remission of the nonresident portion of tuition costs for the corresponding time period. In addition, the out-of-state portion of the fees may be waived for the summer session if the student received at least 2/3 of a full assistantship award for the preceding spring semester.

New applicants for degree programs must complete and return an application for admission and may apply for a graduate assistantship. Students who have already been admitted to a graduate degree program should submit only an application for a graduate assistantship. Completed application forms should reach the Graduate Studies Office by February 15 of the preceding academic year for first consideration. Recipients will be notified in writing and issued an employment contract as early as possible.

Graduate Research Grants

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater recognizes the importance of basic and applied research in the graduate experience and supports such initiatives by making small research grants available. Grants up to $750 will be awarded to single or multiple-student research projects that involve supervision by a member of the graduate faculty. Funds may be used for travel, supplies, photocopying, long-distance calls, or wages for student help (other than the student investigator[s]), and/or for the dissemination of project results (e.g., travel to present findings at professional meetings, costs of publication).

Nonresident Fee Remission

Applicants must have a "nonresident" status, enrolled in a graduate degree program in "good standing" and registered for at least eight (8) graduate units in the semester seeking a remission (at least five (5) during summer term). Applicants must not be under contract as a graduate assistant or, if working as a graduate assistant, under contract for less than 14 hours per week. Online MBA students are not eligible. Please visit for application materials.

Summer Term

To apply for summer term financial aid, students must complete a Summer Term Application which is available in the Financial Aid Office during the spring semester. In addition, the current academic year FAFSA must be completed no later than the spring semester (if not already on file). Graduate students must be enrolled for at least 4.5 units to be eligible for aid.

For more detailed information, please contact:

Financial Aid Office
130 Hyer Hall, UW-Whitewater
Whitewater, WI 53190-1790

Advanced Opportunity Program Grants

AOP grants are intended for African American, Latino, American Indian, designated Southeast Asian, and disadvantaged graduate students. Both Wisconsin residents and nonresidents are eligible, although preference is given to Wisconsin residents. Full-time and part-time graduate students are eligible to apply with the Multicultural Affairs and Student Success office.

Advanced Opportunity Program (AOP) Awards

The purpose of AOP is to expand the number of minority/disadvantaged students who receive graduate degrees from UW-Whitewater. To be eligible for an AOP award, individuals must be

  1. U.S. citizens or permanent residents at the time of application and
  2. members of traditionally under-represented minority groups (African-American, Hispanic, American Indian/Alaskan Native or statutorily designated Southeast Asian) or nonminority/disadvantaged students.

Individuals who are residents of the State of Wisconsin and members of the aforementioned minority groups are given highest priority for receiving AOP awards.

The amount of a full AOP award for the 2015-2016 academic year is $9,000. The award amount for subsequent years is contingent upon funding being appropriated from the Wisconsin State Legislature, and is subject to change. Out-of-state students who receive AOP awards are also eligible for a remission of the nonresident portion of tuition costs for the time period of the award.

Additional information and application forms are available by contacting:

Office of the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Multicultural Affairs & Student Success
226 McCutchan Hall, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Whitewater, WI 53190-1790
Phone: 262-472-4985