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Fees and Financial Aid

Fees and Payment Information

All information pertaining to academic fees and dates may be subject to change after publication of this bulletin. It is the student’s responsibility to verify the accuracy of the information before acting on it.



Section 36.27 of the Wisconsin Statutes sets forth the conditions under which a student qualifies as a resident of Wisconsin for tuition purposes. Students are classified as residents or non-residents at the time of admission to the University. Non-residents are apprised of their residency status at the time of acceptance. This determination remains unchanged until such time as the student may qualify as a resident under Chapter 36.27 of the Wisconsin Statutes.

A change in residence classification is not an automatic procedure. The student requesting a change must file the necessary forms and provide satisfactory proof of bona fide residency in Wisconsin. The required forms and information can be obtained by contacting the Office of the Registrar, Dempsey Hall 130, or email:



Following are the estimated average costs used for an undergraduate for the 2020-21 academic year. Students planning for the 2021-22 academic year should include an increase in costs, depending on inflation.  (


Budget Item WI Resident Non-Resident Minnesota Resident* Midwest Exchange Return to WI
Total $9849 $13636 $10218 $11424 $11902
Room and Board $4130 $4130 $4130 $4130 $4130
Personal $1000 $1000 $1000 $1000 $1000
Books $500 $500 $500 $500 $500
Transportation $350 $350 $350 $350 $350
Loan Fee Allowance $40 $40 $40 $40 $40
Tuition $3829 $7616 $4198 $5404 $5882



The following fee information applies to Spring 2021 when determined and released by the Board of Regents.  As fees become available they are posted online at


Oshkosh Campus Wisconsin Resident Non-Resident
Undergraduate, full-time, 12-18 Credits $3,858 $7,645
Undergraduate, part-time, per credit $322 $637
Graduate, full-time, 9 or more credits $4,622 $9,372
Graduate, part-time, per credits $514 $1,041
Fond du Lac Campus Wisconsin Resident Non-Resident
Undergraduate, full-time, 12-18 Credits $2,632 $6,417
Undergraduate, part-time, per credit $219 $535
Fox Cities Campus Wisconsin Resident Non-Resident
Undergraduate, full-time, 12-18 Credits $2,539 $6,325
Undergraduate, part-time, per credit $212 $527


Spring 2021 Term Fees

Spring 2021 Audit Fees

Non-degree seeking

(Audit only)

$132.94 approximate per unit (cr.) undergraduate resident
$342.94 approximate per unit (cr.) undergraduate non-resident
$198.92 approximate per unit (cr.) graduate resident
$537.92 approximate per unit (cr.) graduate non-resident

For a full listing of tuition rates including special programs, please visit

Any outstanding balance will be subject to a 1 percent per month finance charge assessed on the remaining balance. Paying the bill in full by the due date will assure that the 1 percent finance charge will not be added to the next bill. All bills must be paid in full by the final due date in order to avoid being withdrawn from the University and being assessed additional collection fees.

When payment is made after the published due date, a $25.00 charge will be assessed. Courses may be withdrawn if fees are still outstanding after the published due date of the term. Withdrawal refers only to your registration. The amount unpaid may still be due.

Caution: Dropping and adding classes may increase your cost. Dropped courses after the 100 percent refund periods are included in the total credits used for fee calculation. Course drops and adds after the 100 percent refund periods do not offset each other for cost purposes; therefore, your semester cost may increase.

A surcharge for graduate business courses in the amount of $32.03 per unit (cr.) up to a maximum of $288.27 must be added to the fees displayed to determinate total cost.

Wisconsin residents meeting certain conditions and receiving Federal Old Age Survivors and Disability insurance benefits (OASDI) are not charged fees for auditing courses. Proof of benefits must be provided to the Dean of Students, Dempsey Hall, Room 125.

Additional mandatory special course fees are listed below by the respective course number and may be non-refundable and subject to change without notice. Class notes will indicate if there is a special course fee.

 For a listing of special course fees please visit,


SECTION II  Payment Information –

Paper bills are not sent to students, email notices of billing is sent to UW-Oshkosh student emails and students need to view TitanWeb for their bill. Student charges can be paid online using e-check ($0.50 fee) or by credit card (2.75% fee) online.  Students can pay at the Cashier’s window located in the main Hall of the 2nd floor of Dempsey Hall, see website for hours.  Checks can be mailed to the cashier to the following address and should include the student’s ID.

UW Oshkosh Cashier

800 Algoma Blvd.

Oshkosh, WI 54901


Fee Refunds

Refund of fees is based on the date of official drop or withdrawal. The refund schedule below covers academic fees and applies to withdrawing students or students dropping courses below the full-time level in accordance with UW System Policy 805.

Class Schedule Prior to Term Begins Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 After Week 4
14 weeks 100% 100% 100% 50% 50% 0%
7 weeks 100% 100% 50% 0% 0% 0%

Medical Withdrawal Policy Applied at UW Oshkosh Campuses

To students who receive financial aid, federal regulations governing these programs may require a larger refund to federal funding sources than the amount specified by the refund policy. The student will be responsible for the difference. If you have any questions, contact the Student Accounts Office, Dempsey 236, or call (920) 424-1332,


Transcript Fee
(Subject to change)

Official transcripts are available through the Registrar’s Office, Dempsey Hall 130. Cost is $10.00 per copy (three to five days processing) or $12.00 per copy for in-person, immediate processing. Payment is due at the time of request, and the student’s signature is required. Online ordering is available through Credentials Inc.  Detailed transcript ordering information can be found at:
Contact: Records Office, Dempsey 130
Phone: (920) 424-1199


Charges for Credit by Examination

Test fees for CLEP and DANTES exams are subject to change by the national testing companies. For current fees, contact Testing Services.
Contact: Testing Services
Phone: (920) 424-1432


Library Fees

Library charges are levied for overdue and lost books.



To students who receive financial aid, federal regulations governing these programs may require a larger refund to federal funding sources than the amount specified by the refund policy. The student will be responsible for the difference. If you have any questions, contact the Student Accounts Office, Dempsey 236, or call (920) 424-1332,


SECTION I    Federal Financial Aid Return Policy for Withdrawals*

Return to Title IV Funds Policy or What happens if I withdraw from all my classes?

A student may find it necessary to withdraw from all classes during a semester. The student may be eligible to receive a refund of tuition and course fees depending upon the timing of the withdrawal.

If circumstances cause a student to withdraw from all classes, they are encouraged to contact their academic advisor AND the financial aid office so their decision will be based on a clear understanding of the consequences of withdrawing from all classes.


Determining Aid Earned

If a student withdraws from UW Oshkosh, then the school, or the student, or both may be required to return some or all of the federal funds awarded to the student for that semester. The federal government requires a return of Title IV federal aid that was received if the student withdrew on or before completing 60% of the semester. Federal funds, for the purposes of this federal regulation, include Pell Grant, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Unsubsidized Stafford Loans, Subsidized Stafford Loans, and Parent PLUS Loans. The formula used in this federal “return of funds” calculation divides the aid received into earned aid and unearned aid.

A student “earns” financial aid in proportion to the time the student is enrolled up to the 60% point. The percentage of federal aid to be returned (unearned aid) is equal to the number of calendar days remaining in the semester when the withdrawal takes place divided by the total number of calendar days in the semester. If a student was enrolled for 20% of the semester before completely withdrawing, 80% of federal financial aid must be returned to the aid programs. If a student stays through 50% of the semester, 50% of federal financial aid must be returned.

For a student who withdraws after the 60% point-in-time, there is no unearned aid. However, a school must still complete a Return calculation in order to determine whether the student is eligible for a post-withdrawal disbursement.


Return of Title IV Federal Financial Aid

Once the amount of unearned federal aid is calculated, the UW Oshkosh repayment responsibility is the lesser of that amount or the amount of unearned institutional charges. The school satisfies its responsibility by repaying funds in the student’s package in the following order:

  • Unsubsidized Stafford Loan
  • Subsidized Stafford Loan
  • Parent PLUS Loan
  • Pell Grant
  • Other Title IV Grant Funds

Keep in mind that when Title IV funds are returned, the student borrower may owe a balance to the institution and/or the U.S. Department of Education. If a student fails to repay grant funds, the student may be ineligible for future federal financial aid.


Unofficial Withdrawal Policy or What happens if I never officially withdraw?

Students are defined as unofficially withdrawn for Title IV Federal Aid purposes when they do not have any grades for the semester other than F’s, failing grades.

Identification Process

A final grade of “F” is assigned by instructors failing students. When instructors assign an “F” grade they are asked to report the last known date of attendance, if possible.

At the end of each semester, a report is generated of all students who have Title IV federal aid and who have a semester GPA of 0.00. Those students who have all “F‘s” are assumed to be ‘unofficially withdrawn’.


Administrative Action

The report is reviewed for those students with federal and state aid whom are assumed to have unofficially withdrawn from the University. The last date of attendance as reported by any of the instructors is determined and used in the Return of Title IV Funds calculation.

If a last day of attendance cannot otherwise be determined, the student is assumed to have attended 50% of the enrollment period and the formula is calculated based on that length of attendance.

Students will be billed for resulting institutional charges and repayments of federal and/or state financial aid.

University Refund Policy for Withdrawals**

Prior to:

Term Begin
  Week 1
  Week 2
  Week 3

Week 4



After Week 4


* The percentages reflect the percent of Financial Aid that must be returned by the University.
** The percentages reflect the percent the tuition cost will be reduced as a result of the withdrawal.

These schedules do not match; therefore, the student will owe the University the difference between the Refund percentage (**) and the Return percentage (*).


A student is enrolled in 12 credits. The fees are $1731.35. The financial aid disbursed to pay these fees was $2667.50 in a Stafford Loan. The student withdraws from the credits at the end of the third week, Sept. 24. He has attended 21 days or 18 percent of the semester (21 days attended/115 days in semester) and therefore has earned 18 percent of the aid disbursed to him (.18*$2667.50=$480.15). The total amount of aid to be returned is the amount disbursed less the amount earned, $2187.35 ($2667.50-$480.15=$2187.35). The University must calculate the portion of the total unearned aid that it must return from the students account. Since the student has earned 18 percent, then 82 percent is unearned. 82 percent of the University’s fees are therefore unearned and $1419.71 ($1731.35*.82=$1419.71). The University’s refund policy states that through week three, the University will refund 50 percent of the tuition fees, which in this case is $865.00. The University is required to refund $1419.71 to the loan but the student’s account only has $865.00 in available credit. When the University returns the $1419.71, the student will owe the University $554.71. Refunds of campus housing and meal charges are made on a prorated basis computed weekly. Students must check out of the residence halls according to procedures available at the main desk in each hall. The check out date will be used to determine charges and refunds for housing.

Students enrolled at more than one University of Wisconsin System institution may combine credits taken in order to determine their full time status and fee assessment. Present evidence of fees paid and credits being taken with a request for reimbursement of fees paid in excess of full-time to the Student Accounts Office, Dempsey Hall 236. Call (920) 424-1332 for information.


SECTION II  Financial Aid

Financial aid at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh is awarded primarily on the basis of financial need. Need is defined as the difference between anticipated educational costs and the contribution expected from the students and their families. Parents are expected to contribute from available income and assets; students from savings and earnings. Expected parent and student contributions are computed according to the Federal Need Analysis Methodology. By completing and submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), students and their families provide the Financial Aid Office with information necessary to evaluate the student’s financial need. The University attempts to meet that need from available funds.

Applying for Financial Aid

Students are encouraged to apply financial aid at

UW Oshkosh has a priority filing date of December 15th.  Applications received at the national processing center by that date will receive priority processing and if eligible, the applicant can expect to receive awards from aid sources that are limited. Please note that the applicant may be required to turn in additional information to the Financial Aid Office before their application can be processed.  Applications received after the priority date will be processed in the order received and awards will be based on availability of funds.

Students must also have applied for and be admitted before an award notification will be made.


Applications are processed and notification is sent as soon as possible after federal, state and local awarding formulas are determined.


The Aid Package

Financial aid applicants are evaluated for all the types of aid administered by the Financial Aid Office. It is not necessary to apply separately for each type of assistance.  Financial aid offered to students may be in the form of grants (gifts), long-term loans and part-time employment. The typical award is made up of one or more of the following federal or state programs.

Programs Based on Financial Need

Students must meet all of the following eligibility requirements to qualify for federal and state funds:
– demonstrate financial need
– be a US citizen or eligible non-citizen
– enroll in a degree or teacher certification program
– not owe a repayment on a grant
– not be in default status on a loan
– meet academic progress standards
– meet Selective Service requirements
– have valid Social Security number

Federal Pell Grant

This award will vary depending on enrollment level and one’s Expected Family Contribution (EFC).  See Financial Aid for more details.

Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grants (SEOG)

This grant is awarded to students with Pell Grant eligibility and exceptional need.

Indian Grant

This award for Native American students is funded jointly by the Federal Bureau of Indian Affairs (or contracting tribes) and the State of Wisconsin. Recipients must be at least one-fourth American Indian as certified by the appropriate Indian agency. Only residents of the State of Wisconsin can qualify for the state portion of this grant. Non-residents may qualify for the federal portion depending upon the disposition of the contracting tribe. Certification forms are available from the Financial Aid Office, tribal offices or the Wisconsin Higher Educational Aids Board.

Wisconsin Higher Education Grant

This state grant is available to Wisconsin residents that qualify according to the formula set by the Higher Education Aids Board (HEAB). Awards ranged from approximately $779 to 3,003.

Tuition Assistance Grant (TAG)

TAG funding is available to students who do not qualify for the Wisconsin Grant and yet still have remaining unmet need as determined by the Financial Aid Office.

Talent Incentive Program Grant

This state grant is awarded to freshmen students who are Wisconsin residents, meet established criteria and demonstrate exceptional financial need. It may be renewed for four years, based on financial need. Application should be made to a Wisconsin Education Opportunity Center or through nomination by the Financial Aid Office.

Titan National Scholar (TNS)

The TNS award is available to non-resident students who meet certain admissions criteria.

Non-Resident Fee Remission

This award is made to out-of-state students with financial need. Maximum value of the award may be up to the dollar difference between resident and non-resident tuition.

Lawton Undergraduate Minority Retention Grant

This University of Wisconsin System award is made to students who have reached sophomore standing and are Wisconsin or Minnesota residents who are Black, Hispanic, Native Indian or qualifying Southeast Asian.

Nursing Student Loan

This need-based loan is available only to students enrolled in the College of Nursing. Verification is required to receive this award.  Repayment and accrual of 5 percent annual interest begins nine months after the borrower ceases to be at least a half-time student in the College of Nursing.

Federal Direct Loan (Stafford Loans)

This loan is available from the US Department of Education. The Financial Aid Office notifies applicants of their eligibility. Annual loan maximums begin at $5,500 for freshmen and increases to $7,500 starting with the junior year. The cumulative loan maximum is $31,000 for dependent students and $57,500 for independent students.

Interest subsidy while the student is enrolled, at least half time, is available on the portion of the loan based on financial need. Loan amounts not based on financial need will have an interest charge while the student is enrolled. Repayment begins after a six-month grace period, which starts when enrollment ceases to be at least half time or the student completes their degree.

Federal Work Study Program

This part-time employment is available to students with financial need. Most jobs are on campus with a few jobs being available at eligible non-profit off-campus agencies. Interested students should contact individual departments or check the job listings on Titan Jobs:

Some Other Sources of Financial Assistance 

Financial need is not the primary requirement in some of the following forms of financial aid. Awards may be determined by parties other than the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Financial Aid Office.

Federal PLUS Loan

This loan is for parents of dependent students. It is not based on financial need; however, this loan and the student’s other financial aid cannot exceed the cost of education for the term of the loan. Processing fees are charged. Repayment begins 60 days after the final disbursement. Interest rate is fixed and determined annually by the U.S. Department of Education. The student must apply for financial aid to be considered for the loan.

Private Loan

Private loans are designed to help students fill the gap between the costs of education and the amount of aid they already receive.  The student is the borrower of the private loan and generally need a co-signer in order to receive the most favorable interest rate.  Private loans should be considered only after exhausting all federal sources of financial aid.  Also, there are fees associated with private loans.

Student Assistant Employment

This is part-time employment for students on the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh campus. No financial need analysis is required. Interested students should contact individual departments or check the job listings on Titan Jobs:

Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

Students with physical or mental handicaps may be eligible for vocational rehabilitation benefits. Interested persons should contact D.V.R., 201 E. Washington Ave, JEF1 Room A100, P.O. Box 7852, Madison, WI 53707-7852, or the local D.V.R. office. Financial need is considered; awards are made by the respective D.V.R. offices.

High Schools and Other Community Agencies and Organizations

In most communities, financial assistance for college attendance is provided by various educational, industrial, professional and fraternal organizations. Students should check with their school counselors for further information.

International Student Scholarship

Awards, up to the amount of non-resident tuition, are available to degree seeking students who have significant financial need and who are 1) in F-1 or J-1 student status, 2) applicants for F-1 or J-1 student status, or 3) citizens of the U.S. whose legal residence is outside the United States.  Applicants for political asylum are considered on a case-by-case basis.  Inquiries from students on, or applying for, an F-1 or J-1 visa should be directed to the Office of International Education.  Inquiries from U.S. citizens living outside the U.S. should be directed to the Registrar’s Office.

Minnesota – Wisconsin Reciprocity Program

This arrangement permits an eligible Minnesota resident to attend the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and pay Minnesota resident fees. Interested Minnesota residents should write to Higher Education Coordinating Commission, 400 Capitol Square Bldg., 550 Cedar Street, St. Paul, MN 55101.


University of Wisconsin Oshkosh offers non-need based scholarships including the Honors Scholarships and Minority Honor Scholarship. The Financial Aid Office has information on scholarships available to continuing students.
Scholarships are not awarded as part of a financial aid “package,” but such awards, if received, are considered a student resource and may affect the types and amounts of aid the student may receive.


SECTION III  Student Budgeting

Financial aid, which students receive from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, will complement the other resources of students in order to meet their total financial need. It will be the responsibility of aid recipients to budget all of those resources with attention to the following considerations:

(1) Payment for tuition, fees, books, room and board should take precedence over other expenditures; (2) earnings from summer and academic term employment should be spread over the entire academic term; (3) expected parental contribution should be discussed with parents in advance of the school year (In some cases, a PLUS loan to replace the parental contribution may be appropriate); (4) changes in a family’s financial circumstances should be reported to the Financial Aid Office; (5) the Financial Aid Office should be notified of special educational or emergency expenses of the student; (6) a student living in the residence hall should be aware that his/her budget is based upon the cost of a double room; no additional allowance is made for a student occupying a single room; (7) in choosing off-campus housing, the student should keep in mind financial aid budget limitations; (8) a student should not accept a loan without full consideration of repayment obligations; and (9) the Financial Aid Office can provide financial counseling.


Further Information

It should be noted that because of the number and complexity of financial aid programs, only basic descriptions of the various sources of aid can be provided here. No attempt is made to provide a comprehensive listing of all the considerations in assessing financial need and determining eligibility for funds.

Furthermore, all guidelines for administering financial aid programs are subject to change at any time as the result of legislative action or administrative mandate from the federal and state agencies responsible for the direction of the programs.

The awarding of financial aid to students depends upon each student’s eligibility and the availability of funds. If funds are exhausted, eligibility is meaningless. As funds are often insufficient to meet the need, the importance of early application cannot be overemphasized.

Contact: Financial Aid Office, Dempsey Hall 104.

Phone: (920) 424-3377
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