Financial

At UW–Madison, University Housing and tuition are on two separate systems, have different billing and due dates, and must be paid separately. Below you will find payment links, an explanation of the different offices that oversee financial matters, conversation starters, and information about Wiscard, scholarships, and banking.

Tuition and fees information

Tuition rates

Find the University of Wisconsin–Madison tuition rates, fee information, and student tuition account information.

The following offices are involved in assessing tuition and fees, disbursing financial aid, and processing bills and payments.

  • Office of the Registrar—Tuition Assessment Section

    333 East Campus Mall #10101
    Madison, WI 53715-1384
    Phone: 608-262-3811

    • Assesses tuition and fees
    • Hears appeals of late initial enrollment fees
    • Answers Minnesota reciprocity questions
  • Office of Student Financial Aid

    333 East Campus Mall #9701
    Madison, WI 53715-1382
    Phone: 608-262-3060

    • Processes applications for financial aid
    • Determines eligibility for financial aid awards
    • Disburses financial aid into student accounts
    • Adjusts financial aid awards when needed

    Parentsʼ most frequently asked questions about financial aid

  • Bursarʼs Office

    333 East Campus Mall #10501
    Madison, WI 53715-1383
    Phone: 608-262-3611

    • Provides the tuition and fee eBill
    • Applies payments, scholarships, and financial aid to student tuition accounts
    • Processes refund checks for excess financial aid and other tuition account credit balances

University Housing

University Housing has its own business office and operates on a billing cycle separate from tuition and fees. During the year university students will receive four quarterly University Housing bills. An e-mail is sent to notify students and Authorized Payers when a new bill is published and available for viewing on Housingʼs secure website. The first-quarter bill is published during the first week of July. Questions about bills for residence halls should be directed to: University Housing, Slichter Hall 625 Babcock Drive, Madison, WI 53706.

Phone: 608-262-2522

Wiscard

The UW–Madison campus debit card program, Wiscard, is a fast, safe, and convenient way to buy food, books, school supplies, and more. Wiscard is accepted at more than 45 locations on campus, when shown with a UW–Madison photo ID. It allows you to make deposits, check balances, and even deactivate a missing card using an online system.

Phone: 608-263-1964 or 608-262-1667

Add money to your studentʼs Wiscard account

Minnesota/Wisconsin Reciprocity Agreement

Minnesota residents must apply to the Minnesota Office of Higher Education for verification of their eligibility for reciprocity.

Scholarships

UW–Madison awards more than $12 million in scholarships to undergraduates each year. Scholarships are awarded to recognize the outstanding academic work of current and future UW–Madison students. Some scholarships are offered by a specific school or college within the University while others are campus-wide and available to any admitted or enrolled student. Eligibility criteria varies based on the type of scholarship.

Students can view a list of scholarships by school or college and their criteria at Scholarships@UW–Madison, or browse for additional opportunities.

Job, research, and internship opportunities

Encourage your student to take advantage of opportunities offered outside of the classroom. It not only enriches their learning experience, but also may provide some extra cash, too! See our Out-of-Class Learning section for more information.

Financial tips

Here are some conversation starters that will help you and your student discuss important financial matters:

  • Set a budget. Decide ahead of time how much you can spend each month on food, entertainment, and other expenses.
  • Financial institutions all offer different savings and checking accounts and services. Look for the one that best fits your needs for the lowest price.
  • Keep your checkbook register up to date. ATM and debit card receipts should be entered just like a check. Keep the receipts and check them against your statement each month.
  • Know the fees youʼre charged each month, and be aware of additional fees you might incur for writing checks or using an ATM card. Deduct these when calculating your account balance.
  • Check your bank statements. Itʼs a good idea to read your statements and make sure all the transactions listed match your personal records.
  • Keep your financial information safe. Always know where you put your checkbook and/or ATM/debit card. If you ever lose a checkbook or card, let your financial institution know immediately.
  • Always pay your bills on time; missed payments can have a negative impact on your future ability to borrow money for things you might want later in life. Contact businesses to work out a plan and consider seeking advice from a financial professional.
  • If you have roommates, make sure you all sign a roommate-agreement form (available from the Tenant Resource Center)
  • If you work during the summer, you should always save as much as you can of your take-home income to meet the expenses you will have in the coming school year. Try to save 50 percent.
  • People in school come from a variety of backgrounds. Your real friends will understand that you may not be able to afford everything they can, such as going out frequently or taking trips. Many activities on campus are free.

Banking

Some students choose to continue banking in their hometown and rely on ATM machines and the Internet to manage their accounts. For students who would prefer to set up accounts in Madison, we recommend checking the Internet or local Yellow Pages for area banks. The University of Wisconsin–Madison does not endorse or recommend any particular financial institution. The University has formed a partnership with UW Credit Union as part of the Wiscard UW Credit Union Program, which is optional. For more information about the program, visit the Wiscard website.