Online Colleges in Wisconsin

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Methodology

Using the National Center for Education Statistics' Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), we generated a list of colleges and universities that met the following criteria:

  • Level of institution is either "Four or more years" or "At least 2 but less than 4 years"
  • Data is reported for all 11 ranking variables listed in the Methodology section
  • At least 1 percent of students are taking at least some of the classes via distance education
  • "Number of programs offered via distance education" was an integer greater than 0

We ranked the resulting 1,813 colleges on 11 criteria, using provisional 2016-17 data from IPEDS:

  1. Number of programs offered via distance education
  2. Ratio of students participating fully or partially in DE to Total Enrollment
  3. Average in-state tuition for undergraduates
  4. Total electronic library collections, including digital books, databases, and media
  5. Graduation rate
  6. Retention rate
  7. The availability of any tuition plans (Payment, Guaranteed, Other)
  8. Services (Academic/Career, Placement for Completers)
  9. Credit offerings (Dual, Life, AP, Military)
  10. Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal, state, local, institutional or other sources of grant aid
  11. Average amount of federal, state, local, institutional, or other sources of grant aid awarded to undergraduate students

All schools were scored on a 10-point scale for each of the points listed above. Individual data point scores were then multiplied by their respective weights, and the scores were added together, for a maximum possible score of 10 points.

NOTE: Schools' tuition amounts are based on 2016-17 undergraduate and graduate data reported to the National Center for Education Statistics. The actual cost of tuition may vary.

Methodology Sources

  • Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/

Sources :

  • Concordia University Wisconsin, http://online.cuw.edu/programs/
  • Edgewood College, http://www.edgewood.edu/Prospective-Students/Graduate/Online-Programs
  • Lakeland College, http://lakeland.edu/Evening-Weekend-and-Online/evening-weekend-and-online
  • List of Marquette University alumni, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Marquette_University_alumni
  • List of University of Wisconsin people, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_University_of_Wisconsin%E2%80%93Madison_people
  • Maranatha Baptist University, http://www.mbu.edu/online/academics/
  • Marquette University, http://www.marquette.edu/cps/graduate_programs_index.shtml
  • Michael Wick, interview with the author, June 2015
  • National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
  • Notable alumni Concordia University Wisconsin, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Concordia_University_Wisconsin#Notable_alumni
  • Notable alumni Lakeland College, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lakeland_College_%28Wisconsin%29#Notable_alumni
  • Notable alumni Maranatha Baptist University, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maranatha_Baptist_University#Notable_alumni
  • Notable alumni University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_Wisconsin%E2%80%93Eau_Claire#Notable_people
  • Notable alumni University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_Wisconsin%E2%80%93La_Crosse#Notable_alumni
  • Regional Accrediting Organizations 2016-2017, Council for Higher Education Accreditation (Accessed January 2017), http://www.chea.org/Directories/regional.asp
  • United States Census Bureau: American Factfinder, http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?src=CF
  • United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, http://www.bls.gov/
  • University of Wisconsin Eau Claire, http://www.uwec.edu/Online/index.htm
  • University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, http://www.uwlax.edu/online/Degree-programs/
  • University of Wisconsin system, http://www.ecampus.wisconsin.edu/
  • University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, http://www.uww.edu/online/degrees-and-programs
  • University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Notable Alumni, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_Wisconsin%E2%80%93Whitewater#Notable_alumni
  • Wisconsin Lutheran College, http://blogs.wlc.edu/ags/2010/11/06/accreditation-approved-for-ma-ed-online-programs/
  • State of Wisconsin Financial Aid Administered by HEAB, Accessed April 2017, http://heab.state.wi.us/programs.html
  • HEAB - FAQ, Accessed April 2017, http://heab.state.wi.us/faq/general.html
  • Earn Your Degree Online, Anywhere, Anytime, Herzing University Accessed April 2018, https://go.herzing.edu/online-2?keyword=%2Bherzing&matchtype=p&ls=inmsn&vendoraffiliateid=ValidatedInsights&msclkid=213920bdd172115baf667a7360c731da
  • Get to know Maranatha, Maranatha University, Accessed April 2018, https://www.mbu.edu/go/info/?utm_campaign=homepage&utm_medium=web&utm_source=home_info
  • Herzing University, Kenosha Campus, Accessed April 2018, https://www.herzing.edu/kenosha
  • Herzing University-Madison, Herzing University, Accessed April 2018, https://www.herzing.edu/madison
  • Herzing University, Milwaukee/Brookfield Campus, Accessed April 2018, https://www.herzing.edu/milwaukeebrookfield
  • Herzing University Online, Herzing University, Accessed April 2018, https://www.herzing.edu/online
  • Now is the Time, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Accessed April 2018, http://www.uwgb.edu/admissions/
  • Online Courses, Degrees and Certificate Programs, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Accessed April 2018, https://www.uwec.edu/online/
  • The Power of AND, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Accessed August 2018, https://www.uwec.edu/power-of-and/
  • Online Degrees, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Accessed April 2018, http://www.uww.edu/online
  • Virtual Lab, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Accessed August 2018, http://www.uww.edu/icit/services/virtual-lab
  • Online Learning, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Accessed April 2018, http://www.uwgb.edu/admissions/online/
  • Why Maranatha? Maranatha Baptist University, Accessed April 2018, https://www.mbu.edu/
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Wisconsin is the dairy capital of the U.S.; the state's dairy farmers produce more milk than any other state. The state has a well-earned reputation for producing cheese as well. Monroe, the county seat of Green County, is known as the "Swiss Cheese Capital of the World."

However, Wisconsin is known for much more than just cheeseheads (the nickname for fans of the Green Bay Packers football team). The Badger State is home to many highly respected colleges and universities, many of which have elected to host several of their quality degree programs online. The National Center for Education Statistics reports that there are 97 two- and four-year colleges and universities in Wisconsin, including:

  • 49 institutes that grant associate degrees
  • 55 colleges and universities that grant bachelor's degrees
  • 45 institutes that offer graduate degrees

The University of Wisconsin System educates more than 180,000 students each year from its 13 four-year universities and 13 junior colleges. The system offers online education through its eCampus, which includes all 26 member institutions. Transfer Wisconsin, also operated by the UW System, helps students transfer credits between all public colleges and universities in the state. Meanwhile, there's also the Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges & Universities, which consists of 24 private nonprofit institutions unaffiliated with the UW System.

The Wisconsin Technical College System comprises 16 technical colleges with 49 campus locations across all parts of the state. The system provides a robust network of online learning opportunities, as well as blended learning options that combine distance learning with some on-campus coursework. The Wisconsin Technical College System provides education to more than 330,000 students each year.

Best Online Colleges in Wisconsin for 2018-19

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Choosing a college or university is a decision that can change your entire life — you want to get it right. As such, we created this ranking of the 10 best online colleges in Wisconsin to help distance learners understand the many excellent options for online education in the state of Wisconsin. To do so, we used data provided by the National Center for Education Statistics' Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and our unique methodology, focusing on details such as net price, graduation rate and acceptance rate. For more details on our methodology, see the bottom of this page.

In addition, you can check out our Top Colleges Tool to make your own rankings of any of the online colleges in the United States.

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Concordia University

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$27,900
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
33%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
47
School Type
4-year

Concordia University-Wisconsin is a Lutheran college offering a wide range of Christ-centered degree programs at the associate, bachelor's and master's level. This university accepts up undergraduate credits from approved two- and four-year universities, as well as military and work credits for its undergraduate- and graduate-level programs.

Online students at Concordia can work with online student success advisers (called "OSSAs" for short) to learn about the online content delivery system, course sequencing, important deadlines and paperwork, and more. Other student services include career advisement, an online writing lab, online tutors and tutorials, and spiritual support.

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University of Wisconsin-Stout

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$9,395
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
45%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
24
School Type
4-year

The University of Wisconsin-Stout is named after James Huff Stout, who founded the university in 1891. UW-Stout Online hosts online undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Some, such as the B.S. in marketing and business education, are degree-completion programs. Others are delivered in a blended format.

Online students at University of Wisconsin-Stout can use several tools and resources to bolster their online learning, including Learn@UWStout, the university's online content delivery system; Access Stout, where students can pay bills, view grades and register for classes; and an online orientation to help explain various aspects of web-based learning.

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Herzing University-Kenosha

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$13,390
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
77%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
26
School Type
4-year

The Kenosha, Wisconsin campus of Herzing University is one of several Herzing campuses located throughout the state, providing undergraduate and graduate degree programs both on-campus and online. This private, nonprofit university was founded in 1965 by Henry and Suzanne Herzing and is continued today through their daughter.

Online associate, bachelor's and master's degree programs are offered at Herzing in disciplines as varied as business, health care, legal studies, nursing, public safety and technology. Herzing's student services, career services and support staff are available to help students whether they are learning on- or off-campus.

Accreditation:

  • Higher Learning Commission

Location:

4006 Washington Road,
Kenosha, WI 53144
 
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University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$7,650
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
30%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
7
School Type
4-year

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is a four-year public school that celebrated its 150th year, or sesquicentennial, in 2018. The very first class to graduate from the school was made up of six students, but over the years the university has grown substantially in terms of students, athletics, outreach, and academics, in particular online learning.

Students at UWW can pursue online courses or programs as an alternative or as a complement to on-campus programs, in subjects such as library media, marketing or early childhood education. Coursework is managed through the Desire2Learn learning management system, and various packages of software can be accessed through the UWW Virtual Lab.

Accreditation:

  • Higher Learning Commission

Location:

800 W. Main Street,
Whitewater, WI 53190
 
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Herzing University-Brookfield

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$13,390
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
65%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
28
School Type
4-year

Herzing University-Brookfield has a prominent focus on nursing and health care. The university partners with local hospitals and health care providers, and the Herzing CARE Clinic offers pro bono therapeutic services to the city of Milwaukee, giving students opportunities to give back to their community in a hands-on way. Last but not least, Herzing-Brookfield offers online programs in health care management and nursing, helping students to find the flexibility they need to earn their education.

In addition to health care, Herzing-Brookfield hosts online degree programs in business and IT. Transfer students enrolled at one of the university's partnered institutions may be able to take advantage of Herzing's DEGREE UP option to help them transfer credits into a bachelor's degree program.

Accreditation:

  • Higher Learning Commission

Location:

555 S. Executive Drive,
Brookfield, WI 53005
 
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University of Wisconsin-Madison

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$10,488
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
13%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
4
School Type
4-year

Founded in 1848, the University of Wisconsin-Madison is widely known for its campus tradition of placing hundreds of plastic pink flamingos on Bascom Hill -- a prank first perpetrated by students in 1979 that continues to this day.

UW-Madison offers online Master of Science degree programs in electrical and mechanical engineering, as well as other online master's programs in various engineering fields. Several specialty degree paths can also be pursued at this university, i.e. engine systems, sustainable systems engineering, and engineering management.

Online students can enjoy resources such as career services, academic advising, counseling and the Transfer Transition Program -- designed to offer students pre-transfer and credit transfer advising.

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Herzing University-Madison

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$13,390
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
96%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
33
School Type
4-year

Herzing University-Madison, which celebrated its 70th anniversary in 2018, has flexible study options for students who want to pursue their academic goals around prohibitively busy schedules. Educational options at the campus focus on associate and bachelor's degree programs in health care, nursing and technology, and programs are available both on-campus and online.

The school's online class setting is called the Everywhere Classroom, exactly because students can pursue an online diploma, associate, bachelor's or master's degree from any place there is an Internet connection. If necessary, students may choose to combine online courses and on-campus courses to create a flexible degree program that can suit their needs.

Accreditation:

  • Higher Learning Commission

Location:

5218 E. Terrace Drive,
Madison WI 53718
 
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Maranatha Baptist University

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$14,260
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
51%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
11
School Type
4-year

Maranatha Baptist University, a Christ-centered institution that opened its doors in 1968, encourages its students to subscribe to chapel podcasts, participate in an annual school golf tournament and read updates on school happenings through the "Sabercat News."

The university's online bachelor's and master's degree programs attract students from all over the country. Courses are asynchronous, and are offered in disciplines as varied as business, organizational leadership, interdisciplinary studies and chaplaincy.

Accreditation:

  • Higher Learning Commission

Location:

745 West Main Street,
Watertown, WI 53094
 
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University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$7,878
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
46%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
9
School Type
4-year

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay's mascot is a phoenix, evoking the possibility for transfer students, returning students and other nontraditional students to continue their education at this university. To help encourage these opportunities, UWGB offers various graduate and undergraduate degree programs online. Available disciplines and areas of emphasis range amongst the arts, business administration, health and wellness management, organizational leadership and more.

Accreditation:

  • Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Location:

2420 Nicolet Drive,
Green Bay, WI 54311
 
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University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$8,812
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
28%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
6
School Type
4-year

"The Power of AND" is a prominent saying at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, used to encourage students, faculty and staff to explore various passions rather than just one. Why study only one subject you love, when you could study that subject AND another?

Pursuing "the Power of AND" is made even more possible through UWEC's online programs, courses and continuing education. Materials and assignments are accessed through the Desire2Learn management system and the Kaltura video storage and recoding system. Additionally, the university partners with ed2go in order to offer a range of interactive, non-credit online courses in a multitude of additional disciplines.

Accreditation:

  • Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Location:

105 Garfield Avenue,
Eau Claire, WI 54701
 

Affordable Online Colleges in Wisconsin for 2018

The following list names several schools in Wisconsin that offer online degrees at low tuition costs.

If you would like to see a ranking of the top online Wisconsin schools rather than this list of affordable schools, check out the Top Colleges Tool.

  • School Type - 2 Years
  • School Type - 4 Years
  • COLLEGE NAMETUITION & FEES/YEAR
    Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
    DISTANCE EDUCATION PARTICIPATION
    Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
    NUMBER OF ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
    Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics..
    SCHOOL TYPE
    Western Technical College$3,77612%42-year
    Lakeshore Technical College$4,12550%142-year
    Gateway Technical College$4,15221%142-year
    Chippewa Valley Technical College$4,23837%32-year
    Northcentral Technical College$4,31374%222-year
  • COLLEGE NAMETUITION & FEES/YEAR
    Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
    DISTANCE EDUCATION PARTICIPATION
    Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
    NUMBER OF ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
    Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics..
    SCHOOL TYPE
    Madison Area Technical College$4,28126%594-year
    College of Menominee Nation$6,20038%14-year
    University of Wisconsin-Parkside$7,36728%54-year
    University of Wisconsin-Platteville$7,48417%84-year
    University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh$7,54410%104-year

College Accreditation in Wisconsin

Students who want to attend college in Wisconsin can check with the U.S. Department of Education to ensure that their school is accredited by a valid accrediting body. These accrediting agencies work to ensure that colleges are meeting specific standards in education.

In Wisconsin, the regional accreditation agency that has the authority to grant state universities, colleges and technical schools accreditation is known as the:

  • Higher Learning Commission (HLC)

If the school a student is interested in is not accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, students should check with the U.S. Department of Education to ensure it is accredited by an approved accrediting institution.

School Interviews

Michael Wick
As broadband Internet becomes more accessible, I would expect to see more synchronous technology used not just between the teacher and students, but between students.

Michael Wick

Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Dean of Graduate Studies

University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire

Q. Can you tell us a little about the online programs offered at your school?

We offer a couple of undergraduate degree completion programs - BSN@Home (for completion of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing), and the Bachelor of Professional Studies. Both are intended for students who have earned credits at the associate level. We also offer graduate degrees online - master's in speech/language pathology and Master of Business Administration. And, of course, we offer many of our standard face-to-face courses online to assist students with schedule building.

Q. What advice would you give to students interested in an online degree program?

They should ask the same academic questions that they would when considering a brick-and-mortar education. They should know about student success rates (retention, graduation, placement). They should also know what academic support services are available for students. In addition, they should be able to read what employers/graduate schools are saying about the degree program.

Q. How do you think online learning will change in the coming years?

Tough to know. I suspect we will see online education focusing on the nontraditional student (working adult, children, etc.). Much of that has already started to happen. As broadband Internet becomes more accessible, I would expect to see more synchronous technology used not just between the teacher and students, but between students.

Financial Aid Resources in Wisconsin

1.Wisconsin Higher Education Grant
Type : Grant
Criteria:
Applicant must be a Wisconsin resident enrolled at least part-time. Selection is based upon financial need; FAFSA is required.
Award Amount
$3,000
Application Deadline
March 1
Renewable
Renewable if recipient continues to demonstrate financial need.
Yes
Repay Required?
No
School Specific Scholarship?
Yes
Application URL
2.Wisconsin Tuition Grant
Type : Grant
Criteria:
Applicant must be a Wisconsin resident attending an independent Wisconsin college or university. Selection is based upon financial need. Applicant must submit FAFSA.
Award Amount
$2,300
Application Deadline
March 1
Renewable
Renewable up to five years if recipient continues to demonstrate financial need.
Yes
Repay Required?
No
School Specific Scholarship?
Yes
Application URL
3.Talent Incentive Program Grant
Type : Grant
Criteria:
Applicant must be a Wisconsin resident attending a Wisconsin college or university at least part time. Selection is based upon financial need. FAFSA and nomination by the Student Financial Aid Department or WEOP required.
Award Amount
$1,800
Application Deadline
March 1
Renewable
Renewable if recipient continues to demonstrate financial need.
Yes
Repay Required?
No
School Specific Scholarship?
No
Application URL
4.Academic Excellence Scholarship
Type : Scholarship
Criteria:
Applicant must be a Wisconsin resident enrolled full-time at a U of Wisconsin campus, Wisconsin Tech Coll or independent Wisconsin institution. Applicant must have the highest GPA in his or her class.
Award Amount
$2,250
Application Deadline
March 1
Renewable
Yes
Repay Required?
No
School Specific Scholarship?
No
Application URL

Wisconsin Loans

The state of Wisconsin offers several loans to students through the Higher Education Aids Board (HEAB). However, students should still seek out all scholarship and grant opportunities for which they are eligible before acquiring a loan. Scholarship and grant money does not need to be repaid, whereas loans do. In addition to state loans, you can apply for a federal or private loan to cover remaining expenses. You will need to fill out the FAFSA and supply information about your family's financial situation in order to apply for federal aid.

To be eligible for the Teacher Education Loan, the student must be a Wisconsin resident enrolled at least half-time in an undergraduate program in the University of Wisconsin System or at a nonprofit, independent college in-state. Students must also agree to teach full-time in Wisconsin upon completion of their degree. If all criteria are met at that time, 25% of the loan will be forgiven per year.
  • Application deadline:  Not specified
  • Award amount:  $250 to $10,000 per year ($30,000 total)
Students applying for the Nursing Student Loan must be Wisconsin residents enrolled at least half-time at an institution leading towards RN or LPN licensure. Once licensure has been obtained, they must be employed as a licensed nurse in Wisconsin. If certain criteria is met during their first two years as a nurse, 25% of the loan will be forgiven per year.
  • Application deadline:  Not specified
  • Award amount:  $250 to $3,000 per year ($15,000 total)

Learn everything there is to know about student loans in the Ultimate Guide to Student Loans.

Additional Resources for Financial Aid in Wisconsin

  • HEAB - Frequently Asked Questions tackles a series of FAQs to assist Wisconsin students on their journey through the financial aid process, including information on state-based scholarships, grants, and loans.
 
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