University of Wisconsin–Madison

Important Reminders

Moments in Time 2020: A Year of Resilience

Punishing as 2020 may have been, it was filled with examples of resilience. Hopes were realized with the development of coronavirus tests, treatments and vaccines. Protests led to an overdue (though unfinished) reckoning over racial justice. Technology helped us bridge distances. And democracy itself, severely tested, prevailed. This is not to say that gain outweighed pain in 2020 — indeed, there will be lasting damage and loss — only that we found ways to persevere. University Communications photographers compiled a visual record of the year as it unfolded on campus. These are their most memorable Moments in Time.

Fall 2021 Instruction

Chancellor Rebecca Blank and Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Karl Scholz have shared an update on our teaching and learning plans, including what we know about fall 2021. The university is planning for a resumption of primarily in-person instruction for the fall 2021 semester. The Schedule of Classes for fall will be available in late March, with enrollment for continuing students beginning in April.

We are hopeful that everyone in the campus community who wishes to get a COVID-19 vaccine will have been able to do so by the beginning of the fall 2021 semester and that COVID-19 testing will continue. Planning is still under way and we know from the past year that circumstances can change. More information will be shared as it becomes available.

Student Mental Health & Wellbeing Summit

Encourage your student to attend the 2021 Mental Health & Wellbeing Summit, a series of workshops and activities to help students take a break and care for their mental and physical health. The events will take place March 11–12, 2021.

The Summit is thrilled to host Dr. Joy Harden Bradford, licensed psychologist, speaker, and host of the wildly popular mental health podcast, Therapy for Black Girls, who will kick off the event Thursday, March 11, at 6 p.m. CST with valuable tips and insights to help students manage their mental health.

On Friday, March 12, students can attend live events and on-demand offerings that fit their needs, whether it’s dropping in on a live yoga class, learning the ins and outs of better sleep, or picking up new skills to manage procrastination and stress.

For tips, ideas, and insights follow the conversation on social with #TakeCareUW.

Virtual Learning and Study Spaces

If your student is looking for a space other than their living room couch to study or take an exam, there are plenty of learning and study spaces around campus that offer Wi-Fi access and even individual rooms for some quiet time. Some require reservations and others are open on a first-come, first-served basis. All campus buildings require compliance with the Safer Badgers app.

2020–21 FAFSA

Students who have not yet submitted the 2020–21 FAFSA can still do so to see what types of financial aid options they may have for this year. Because this year’s FAFSA is based on 2018 income, if a student or their family has experienced a significant change to their income/expenses or have experienced other special circumstances, we encourage the student to reach out to the Office of Student Financial Aid. Their team is glad to discuss what options may be available.

Tax Forms

Tax season is upon us, and we want to make sure students and your family have access to tax forms. The form 1098T contains important information related to tuition, scholarships, and other information that may be needed to complete a tax return.

The 2020 1098T is available online in the MyUW Student Center. In order to access the 1098T form online, your student must first grant consent to receive their 1098T electronically. To grant consent and access the tax form, have your student follow these steps:

  • Login to your MyUW Student Center Financial Account
  • Navigate to the View 1098T section
  • Near the bottom of the page, select the ‘Grant Consent’ button
  • Once consent is granted, the tax year will become a hyperlink.
  • Select the appropriate tax year to open, view, download or print your 1098T tax form.

Learn more about how students access the form at You can also contact the Bursar’s Office with questions at 608-262-3611 or

Active Badger Day

UW’s Recreation & Wellbeing is excited to announce the return of Active Badger Day next Thursday, March 4. This annual, all-day activity extravaganza features a schedule full of free events, both virtual and in-person (with proper health and safety measures in place). From a guided meditation with the Center for Healthy Minds to a Night Hike with Outdoor UW, our goal is to inspire students to get active, have fun, and connect with other Badgers.

For more ways to find community and activities, encourage your students to visit: