State Financial Aid Programs

The following programs are for Wisconsin Residents. Students need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  


Program funding may be limited. Students who are not Wisconsin residents, but would like information on state-funded aid may find resources by visiting the Directory of US State Higher Education agencies or the National Association of State Student Grant & Aid Programs

Wisconsin Tuition Grant (WTG)

WTG is a need-based state grant available for eligible Wisconsin resident undergraduates.  The maximum Tuition Grant will be $2900 for the 2013-2014 academic year. Eligibility cannot exceed ten semesters.

Wisconsin Talent Incentive Program (TIP)

TIP is a state grant designed for very low income students/and or students who traditionally might not attend college.  The student must hold freshman status to receive the grant initially.  The maximum grant is $1800 per year for first year students, and up to $1800 for subsequent years.  Wisconsin residency is required.  To continue to receive the TIP Grant, students must be enrolled for consecutive terms and continue to show financial need. Eligibility cannot exceed ten semesters.

Wisconsin Minority Undergraduate Retention Grant

This is a state grant for students of African American, American Indian, Cambodian, Laotian, Vietnamese or Hispanic (including Puerto Rican and Cuban) heritage.  The grant provides assistance to sophomore, junior, and senior minority students with financial need.  Wisconsin residency is required.

Indian Student Assistance Grant

This is a state grant for Wisconsin residents who are at least 25% Native American and are undergraduate or graduate students enrolled in degree or certificate programs.  Awards are based on financial need with a limit of ten semesters of eligibility.

Hearing and Visually Handicapped Student Grant

This is a state grant for Wisconsin residents who show financial need and have a severe or profound hearing or visual impairment. Students are eligible to receive up to $1,800 per year for up to ten semesters.  Please notify the financial aid department of your potential eligibility.

Academic Excellence Scholarship

Academic Excellence Scholarships are awarded to Wisconsin high school seniors who have the highest grade point average in each public and private high school throughout the State of Wisconsin.  The number of scholarships each high school is eligible for is based on total student enrollment.  In order to receive a scholarship, a student must be enrolled on a full-time basis by September 30th of the academic year following the academic year in which he or she was designated as a scholar, at a participating institution in the state.  The value of the scholarship is $2250 per year, to be applied towards tuition.  Half of the scholarship is funded by the state, while the remaining half is matched by the institution.  Eligibility cannot exceed eight semesters.

Minority Teacher Loan

This is a state loan program for students of  African American, American Indian, Laotian, Cambodian, Vietnamese or Hispanic heritage, are undergraduate juniors, seniors or graduate students, have a 2.5 or greater cumulative GPA, and are enrolled at least half-time in a program leading to teacher licensure. The maximum award per year is $2,500 with an overall maximum of $5,000. A student who participates in this program must contractually agree to teach in a Wisconsin school district in which minority students constitute at least 29% of total enrollment or in a school district participating in the inter-district pupil transfer (Chapter 220) program. For each year the student teaches in an eligible school district, 25% of the loan is forgiven. If the student does not teach in an eligible district, the total loan must be repaid at an interest rate of 5%. 

Nursing Student Loan

This is a state loan program that provides loans to Wisconsin resident undergraduates or graduate students who are enrolled at least half-time at an eligible in-state institution that prepares them to be licensed as nurses, either RN or LPN. The maximum award per year is $3,000 with an overall maximum of $15,000. A student who participates in this program must contractually agree to be employed as a licensed nurse in Wisconsin. For each of the first two years the student works as a nurse or nurse educator and meets the eligibility criteria, 25% of the loan is forgiven. The balance remaining after forgiveness must be repaid at an interest rate of 5%. If the student does not work as a nurse or nurse educator and meet the eligibility criteria, the total loan must be repaid at an interest rate of 5%. 

For more information on state of Wisconsin financial aid programs, please visit http://www.heab.wi.gov/programs.html