Financial Aid

Student financial aid is available to eligible degree-seeking students who are admitted to UW Colleges Online. See the following section for some common questions and answers about the student financial aid process. For more in-depth information about applying for and receiving financial aid, please visit the UW Colleges Student Financial Aid page.

Financial Aid Questions

How do I apply?

If you are considering applying to UW Colleges Online and want to receive financial aid, you are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible. The UW Colleges school code is 003897.

When is financial aid typically disbursed?

Financial aid is disbursed to students after the tenth day of classes each term (fall and spring). Students who are Pell Grant eligible may be able to obtain their textbooks in advance of disbursement via a voucher available in fall and spring terms. More details, along with the Textbook Voucher Form, are available on the Textbooks page.

What about financial aid for summer term?

You must have remaining financial aid eligibility from the award year in order to receive aid in the summer. To apply for summer financial aid, you must complete the FAFSA, register for all your summer term classes and submit the Summer Financial Aid Application.

I have additional questions about financial aid.

Please visit UW Student Financial Aid page for more information regarding applying and receiving financial aid.

Consortium Agreements

A consortium agreement is a binding agreement between two educational institutions (a “home” and a “host” institution). The agreement enables you to receive additional financial aid from the home institution (where you are listed as degree-seeking and are receiving financial aid), while taking classes at a host or visiting school. If you are interested in a consortium agreement, please follow these instructions and read the Consortium Agreement Terms and Information below. 

I am a degree-seeking student with UW Colleges Online and want to take courses elsewhere.

If you are a degree-seeking student with UW Colleges Online and wish to take classes at another institution, please contact the Student Financial Aid Office at (608) 262-5928.

If you wish to take classes through UW Colleges Online as a "special," "guest" or non-degree-seeking student, and count these credits toward financial aid at your home institution, you must:

  • Contact your UW Colleges Online academic advisor to initiate a consortium agreement
  • Complete your portion of the consortium agreement and send to:

Once we have received your consortium agreement, we will:

  • Verify your enrollment and complete the host institution portion of the form
  • Forward the form to your home Financial Aid Office
  • Send an email confirmation to your UW Colleges Online email account
I am a degree-seeking student with another institution and want to take courses through UW Colleges Online.

If you wish to take classes through UW Colleges Online as a "special," "guest" or non-degree-seeking student, and count these credits toward financial aid at your home institution, you must:

  • Contact your home institution’s Financial Aid Office to initiate a consortium agreement
  • Complete your portion of the consortium agreement and send to:

Once we have received your consortium agreement, we will:

  • Verify your enrollment and complete the host institution portion of the form
  • Forward the form to your home Financial Aid Office
  • Send an email confirmation to your UW Colleges Online email account

Consortium Agreement Terms and Information

  • You are responsible for paying your UW Colleges Online bill by term due dates, even if your financial aid hasn’t been processed at your home institution.
  • You can enter a payment plan by placing $200 down in PRISM by term due date to avoid late fees.
  • Your home institution Financial Aid Office does not send funds directly to UW Colleges Online. Students must facilitate a transfer of funds.
  • You are obligated to inform your home Financial Aid Office of any enrollment changes at UW Colleges Online.
  • It is illegal to receive financial aid from more than one institution for the same period of attendance.
  • Home institutions may have a minimum credit load that students must be enrolled in order to engage in a consortium agreement. Please check with your home Financial Aid Office.

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 more assistance.



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