Important Reminders

New FAFSA to be out soon

The 2024-25 FAFSA form is expected to be released by Dec. 31. The team at the Office of Student Financial Aid will be back on Jan. 2 to help you and your students through the new application. Remind your students about FAFSA Frenzy events around campus this spring, which provide a chance to get FAFSA support and a free lunch.

New service: Flexible, virtual counseling through Uwill

UHS Mental Health Services partnered with Uwill to offer every UW-Madison student access to free, flexible virtual counseling. Students can sign up for an account with their email and automatically get three sessions. Sessions are typically available within 24 hours, including nights and weekends. Students can sign up anytime–including over the winter break.

10 tips for winter break safety from UWPD

The holiday break is a time for students to unwind, recharge, and spend quality time with family and friends. However, as they prepare to leave their belongings behind, it’s crucial to ensure that their personal property remains safe and secure. Here are some valuable tips to safeguard their stuff over the holiday break.

Anna Deavere Smith to keynote MLK Symposium

Writer and actress Anna Deavere Smith will be the 2024 MLK Symposium speaker, hosted by Student Affairs and the Division of Diversity, Equity and Educational Achievement. The in-person event will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 31 in the Wisconsin Union Theater’s Shannon Hall at Memorial Union. No ticket or registration needed. The event will also be livestreamed.

Riding the campus bus just got safer and easier

One-third of campus bus shelters are now equipped with solar-powered bus arrival displays andlights. These new amenities can help improve the ease and safety of campus bus travel. These updated features are the result of a student-led collaboration with the UW Office of Sustainability, Transportation Services and the College of Engineering.

UW’s Indigenous community reflects on the healing power of humor during Native November

For the past 10 years, Native November has been an important month-long community-building program for Indigenous students at UW–Madison. This year’s theme, “Laughter is Medicine,” highlighted the role humor has played in Indigenous identity — from the physical and spiritual benefits of laughter to the connectedness that can emerge from a single joke. Members of the Indigenous Student Center Coalition led programming efforts for this year’s events.

New resource to help students find housing

If you know students facing challenges in the off-campus housing market, you can now point them to UW’s newly established Off-Campus Housing Services. This new office, located within the Division of University Housing, is designed to provide students with the resources to make informed decisions and to offer follow-up support as needed.

WiscAlerts 101

WiscAlerts is UW-Madison’s emergency notification system — it’s a critical tool to keep the campus community informed in an emergency, life-threatening situation. But, do you know when we activate the system and when we don’t? What about alerts for off-campus incidents? And, are you signed up to receive WiscAlert texts on your cell phone?