Starting Fall 2019, UW Colleges Online will become UW College Courses Online.

Paying for College

Not only is UW Colleges Online a convenient choice for people who need to juggle work, family, college and other commitments – it also makes financial sense. The flexibility of the online platform allows you to work and go to school at the same time. Plus, UW Colleges Online costs far less than private colleges and offers the lowest tuition and fees in the UW System.

Even with all of those financial advantages, paying for college still requires careful thought and planning. Let us help you navigate the process.

Financial Aid

Degree-Seeking Students

Degree-Seeking Students

If you have gained admission to UW Colleges Online and are a degree-seeking student, you may qualify for financial aid. Your first step is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). To learn more about the requirements, watch videos on how to complete your FAFSA and other topics, visit the Financial Aid page.

Consortium Agreements

A consortium agreement is a binding agreement between two educational institutions (a “home” and a “host” institution) which allows you to receive additional financial aid while taking classes at a visiting school. If you are a degree-seeking student with UW Colleges Online and wish to take classes at another institution, please contact the Financial Aid Office or visit the Financial Aid page.

State Vocational Rehabilitation Grants

Vocational rehabilitation grants are provided to qualified students by a state’s Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR). To qualify, students must have a physical, emotional or learning disability and meet other criteria established by the DVR. Contact your local DVR office or the Student Affairs Office for assistance.


Scholarships are monetary gifts from community, private and campus sources – typically based on academic merit or some other criteria. Learn more about available scholarships.