What are Grants?
Grants are a form of financial assistance that do not have to be repaid. (For exceptions please see R2T4 Policy)
The Pell Grant is a federally-funded grant awarded to students with a high financial need and may be combined with other forms of assistance in order to meet a student’s need. Eligibility for the Pell Grant is determined by the Department of Education based on the Expected Family Contribution (EFC). It is only awarded to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor's or professional degree.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
The Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant is a federally-funded grant available on a limited basis to students who demonstrate high financial need, low EFC, and are Pell Grant recipients. Due to the limited amount of funding for the SEOG, a student must apply by the priority processing deadline to receive consideration for the SEOG.
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 University of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Technical College, or independent institution in the state. The value of the scholarship is $2,250 per year, to be applied towards tuition. Half of the scholarship is funded by the state, while the other half is matched by the institution. Eligibility must not exceed 8 semesters.
Talent Incentive Program Grant
The Talent Incentive Program Grant provides grant assistance to the most financially needy and educationally disadvantaged Wisconsin resident students attending colleges and universities in the State of Wisconsin. First-time freshmen students are nominated for the TIP Grant by the school financial aid offices or by counselors of the Wisconsin Educational Opportunity
Wisconsin Higher Education Grant
The Wisconsin Higher Education Grant program provides grant assistance to undergraduate Wisconsin residents enrolled at least half-time in degree or certificate programs at University of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Technical College System, or tribal institutions. Awards are based on financial need. Eligibility cannot exceed ten semesters.
Indian Student Assistance Grant
Awards under this program are made to Wisconsin residents who are at least 25% Native American and are undergraduate or graduate students enrolled in degree or certificate programs at University of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Technical Colleges, independent colleges and universities, tribal colleges, or proprietary institutions based in Wisconsin. Awards are based on financial need with a limit of ten semesters of eligibility.
Minority Undergraduate Retention Grant
Awards under this program are made to Wisconsin resident minority undergraduates, excluding first year students, enrolled at least half-time in independent, tribal, or Wisconsin Technical College institutions. According to the statutes, a minority student is defined as a student who is either an African American; American Indian; Hispanic; or Southeast Asian from Laos, Cambodia, or Vietnam admitted to the U. S. after December 31, 1975. Awards are based on financial need for up to eight semesters.
Hearing and Visually Handicapped Student Grant
The Handicapped Student Grant Program was established to provide funding for undergraduate Wisconsin residents, enrolled at in-state or eligible out-of-state public or independent institutions who show financial need and have a severe or profound hearing or visual impairment. Students are eligible to receive for up to ten semesters.
Fund for Wisconsin Scholars Grant
The Fund For Wisconsin Scholars annually provides grants to randomly selected students from among the eligible group of students. Students can receive the grants for up to a total of ten semesters with a maximum of six semesters at a 2 year college (WTCS or UW Colleges).
Fund for Wisconsin Scholars Stipend
The Fund for Wisconsin Scholars provides additional funds to each college and university of the UW and WTC systems for the purpose of providing Fund for Wisconsin Scholars Stipends to certain institution selected students. The stipend program is supplemental to grant funds provided by the FFWS to each school and must be awarded to students who are not receiving a FFWS grant.
Wisconsin Covenant Foundation Grant
The Wisconsin Covenant Foundation created a private, supplemental grant program to help fill the financial gap between the cost of a higher education and the amount of federal and state financial aid available for Wisconsin Covenant Scholars with significant financial need. The amount of supplemental dollars that the Foundation grants to Scholars each year is dependent on the expected family contribution (EFC), or the amount a student's family is expected to contribute toward the cost of college. For students with an EFC of less than $3,500, the Foundation provides an additional $1,000 or $1,500 in annual grant funds. This amount works together with the state's Wisconsin Covenant Scholars Grant to provide eligible Scholars up to $2,500 per year, for a total of up to $10,000.
General information regarding the Wisconsin Covenant Grant can be found on their website.
Wisconsin Covenant Scholars Grant
The goal of the Wisconsin Covenant is for high school students to aspire to and prepare for higher education. The Wisconsin Covenant Scholars Grant Program provides grants to eligible students who complete the program requirements. To be eligible, a student must be designated as a Wisconsin Covenant Scholar by the Higher Educational Aids Board. The last cohort of students to be designated as Wisconsin Covenant Scholars signed the pledge in September, 2011 and will graduate from high school in Spring 2015. In order to receive the benefits of the Wisconsin Covenant Scholars Grant Program, the student must be enrolled at least half time and registered as a freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior at a public or private nonprofit, accredited institution of higher education or in a tribally-controlled college in this state.