Financial Aid Programs

Three basic categories of financial aid are administered through the UW-Platteville Office of Financial Aid. To be considered for these programs, students must be degree seeking and enrolled for at least six credits. In some cases, students may be eligible for a Pell Grant if enrolled less than half-time. Students enrolled as special are not eligible for any of these programs except regular student employment.

To apply for the programs listed below, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Students can apply online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

Grants

These aid programs do not require repayment:

  • Federal Pell Grant
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant
  • Wisconsin Grant (Wisconsin residents)
  • Talent Incentive Program Grant (Wisconsin residents)
  • Lawton Undergraduate Minority Retention Grant (Wisconsin residents)
  • Advanced Opportunity Grant (graduate students who are Wisconsin residents)

Loans

These low interest educational loans require repayment, but interest and principal for most loans are deferred until after graduation:

  • Federal Perkins Loan
  • Federal Subsidized Direct Loan
  • Federal Unsubsidized Direct Loan (not need based and interest is not deferred)
  • Graduate PLUS Loan (graduate students only)
  • Federal Plus Loan (a loan for parents to take out for dependent students, not need based and request for deferred repayment is available.  Credit check is required.)1

Campus Employment

Students may work on campus to help with expenses.

  • Federal Work Study Program
  • Regular student payroll (not need based)1
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FAFSA is not required

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

Federal financial aid regulations require that UW-Platteville establish reasonable standards for measuring student’s satisfactory academic progress in their educational programs. This policy is separate from the University’s Standards of Academic Probation and Suspension. A student may be in good standing with the University but still have their financial aid suspended. However if a student is dismissed from the University for any reason their financial aid eligibility is suspended. To comply with these regulations the Financial Aid Office will monitor the student’s progress toward degree completion. In order to receive and continue to receive financial aid, students must pass all of the following three (3) standards of satisfactory academic progress (SAP).

Evaluation tests:

  • Minimum grade point average
  • Minimum credits completed (67% Rule)
  • Maximum Time Frame

In order to maintain financial aid eligibility students who fail any of the evaluation tests will not be eligible for federal or state financial aid. This includes all federal and state grants, federal student loans and the federal work-study program.

SAP Standard for Grade Point Average

Undergraduate students must maintain the following cumulative GPA:

  • Freshmen undergraduate students (0-29 credits) 1.8 GPA
  • All other undergraduate students (30+ credits) 2.0 GPA

Please note this requirement may be different than the University’s Standard of Academic Probation and Suspension requirements listed in the undergraduate catalog. Students receiving financial aid must follow the above for continued financial aid eligibility.

  • All graduate students must maintain a 3.0 GPA
  • Students enrolled in both undergraduate and graduate courses must meet the requirements of the degree seeking career.

SAP Standard for Minimum Credits Completed (67% Rule)

All undergraduate and graduate students must complete 67% of the total attempted credits. This is calculated by dividing the number of successfully completed credits into the attempted credits. Successful completion means that a grade of A, B, C, D or P were earned. A grade of F, W, or I represents unsuccessful completion of a course and are counted towards the total attempted. A grade of D for a graduate student is not considered as successful completion of the credits attempted. Determination of attempted credits will be made on the 10th day of each semester.

SAP Standard for Maximum Time Frame

The total maximum time frame for undergraduate and graduate students receiving financial aid cannot exceed 150% of the published length of the program. An undergraduate program requiring 120 credits for graduation would allow 180 credits attempted (120 x 150% =180). Transfer credits from other institutions will be added to UW-Platteville credit attempts to determine the total number of credits attempted (180 maximum) for an undergraduate student. All credits will count in the evaluation including credits earned during semesters or summers when no financial aid was received. When enrolled in a degree program that has a published minimum credit requirement greater than 120 credits financial aid may be extended. In a graduate program the maximum credits attempted to maintain eligibility are 54.

Reinstatement of Financial Aid under SAP

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) is evaluated every payment period (Fall/Spring/Summer) after grades are posted. The first time that a student does not meet one or more of the tests they will be notified that they are being automatically placed on Warning Status for one payment period. By the next evaluation, the student must be meeting all components of SAP to be placed back in good standing. If not, the student’s financial aid will be suspended for all future terms and they must complete an appeal process and explain why they failed to meet SAP and what has changed that will allow them to meet SAP by the end of the next term. If a student will be unable to meet the satisfactory academic progress requirements by the end of the next term, they may be approved to be placed on an academic plan which will need to be approved by the academic progress committee and the student’s academic advisor. If the student is not meeting SAP or following their approved academic plan at the next evaluation, they will be suspended again and become ineligible to receive financial aid until they are in compliance. Students placed on an academic plan are in a Probation standing for SAP.

SAP Appeal Process

Students with extenuating circumstances that prevented them from making SAP have the right to appeal their situation. Extenuating circumstances include, but are not limited to, student injury or illness, death of a student’s relative or other reasons resulting in undue hardship to the student. Per federal regulations, an appeal may only be approved if the student shows that they will be able to meet SAP at the next evaluation, or the student’s academic plan ensures SAP by a specific point in time. Incomplete/inaccurate appeals or Academic Plans will not be approved. A committee will review the appeal and notify the student with the decision of the committee. All decisions are final. If denied, the student may attend UW-Platteville without financial aid, and re-apply for financial aid when all components of SAP are being met, or they have an approved appeal.

Appeals should be submitted to the financial aid office, 204 Brigham Hall, 1 University Plaza, Platteville, WI 53818 or email to finaid@uwplatt.edu.

Appeals must be submitted by the following dates to be considered for that term:

  • Summer term: Appeal must be submitted by June 14.
  • Fall semester: Appeal must be submitted by October 1.
  • Spring semester: Appeal must be submitted by March 1.

If a student has not submitted an appeal by these dates and are not making satisfactory academic progress, they will not be able to appeal this until the next term.

Withdrawals

Withdrawals, either from a course or from the University, are counted as credits attempted.

Repeated Courses

Repeated courses will count in the calculation of credits attempted and GPA.

Incomplete Courses

Incomplete course work is an unsuccessful completion, however if successful grades are posted after initial review of SAP, the SAP standard will be reviewed and updated if SAP standing changes as a result of the grade posted.

Remedial Courses: Remedial courses successfully completed are acceptable as a measure of academic progress.

Audited Courses

Audited courses are not taken for credit and are not funded by financial aid. Therefore audited courses are not considered in this policy.

Consortium Agreement Credits

Credits taken at other institutions while on a consortium agreement with UW-Platteville will be considered transfer credits in the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy and be counted towards both credits attempted/completed and used with both the Minimum Credits Completed (67% Rule) and Maximum Time Frame.

Study Abroad

Grades for credits attempted and earned in study aboard programs/international exchange programs are often delayed in being reported to the Registrar’s Office. These credits are considered credits attempted and not earned until the Registrar’s Office posts the passing grades. Students in this situation will be placed on financial aid probation and future financial aid will not be disbursed until the passing grades are posted. It will be the student’s responsibility to notify the Financial Aid Office when grades are posted.

Academic Dismissal

Students who are dismissed from the University will lose eligibility for financial aid. If a student is reinstated or re-admitted to the University they must notify the financial aid office. The student’s academic progress will be reviewed at that time by the financial aid staff to determine if they are meeting the financial aid satisfactory academic progress guidelines or need to appeal.

Repeated Coursework

A student may repeat a passed course once and receive financial aid.

A student may repeat a class until it is passed and receive financial aid.

University Refund Policy

For students who withdraw from the university in fall or spring semesters, the following refund policy is applied for tuition and fees:

  • 100 percent prior to start of semester
  • 100 percent less $50 processing fee first week of classes
  • 100 percent less $100 processing fee second week of classes
  • 50 percent third week of classes
  • 50 percent fourth week of classes

Refund for tuition and fees is based on the full semester cost. Students who live in the residence hall and/or are on a meal plan shall be refunded room and board paid in advance on a weekly prorate basis.

Return of Unearned Financial Aid

If a student withdraws from the university prior to completing 60 percent of the semester and had received financial aid (grants and/or student loans), the student may have to return a portion of the federal financial aid. The amount of aid students may keep when they withdraw is in direct proportion to the length of time they remained enrolled during the semester.

Unofficial Withdrawal

Students who received federal financial aid and receive all “F” grades for non-attendance are considered unofficially withdrawn for the semester. The Office of Financial Aid will determine the student’s last date of attendance and the return of unearned financial aid formula will apply (see above). If the last date of attendance cannot be determined, the student is assumed to have attended 50 percent of the semester.

Scholarships

Each year, the UW-Platteville Scholarship Program awards about $1,577,000 in scholarships. The goal of the scholarship program is to provide awards to as many students as possible.

Scholarships are awarded on academic achievement, community involvement, extracurricular activities and autobiographical essay. Some scholarships require that a student prove financial need. If a student receives a scholarship, it will be considered a resource, and this may affect the amount of other aid the student receives. The specific eligibility criteria are generally listed with each scholarship.

The program is divided into two distinct parts: one for incoming first year students and one for continuing students. The application process is different for each program.

New Freshman Scholarship Program

Students who apply and are accepted for admission at UW-Platteville are eligible to apply for scholarships provided through the UW-Platteville Foundation. Only admitted students will receive scholarship information. To ensure getting the scholarship information, a student should apply for admission by Dec. 1 of the year prior to attendance. The scholarship information will be mailed to the student after they are admitted. The completed scholarship applications must be submitted by Feb. 1. Committees will meet to make the selections, and students will be notified as soon as possible, generally in March. To be a recipient a student must be enrolled as a full-time student, taking 12 or more credits. The amount and number of scholarships are subject to change and vary from year to year.

Continuing Student Scholarship Program

Scholarships are available to continuing students at UW-Platteville. Transfer students may apply, but scholarships are limited. Scholarship applications should be submitted by March 1 for the scholarships to be awarded for the next academic year. A listing of scholarships can be viewed on the Office of Financial Aid webpage.

Other Scholarships

Information regarding other scholarship resources, not related to the UW-Platteville Foundation, is available in the Office of Financial Aid. Applications for these national, regional or major-specific scholarships are usually available.