Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Applying for Aid
When should I apply?
It is recommended that you apply for financial aid as soon as possible each year. Applying for financial aid early will ensure that you do not miss deadlines and that you are considered for the maximum amount of financial aid for which you are eligible. If you are seeking aid for the 2016-2017 academic year, you may file the 2016-2017 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) until June 30, 2017. For the 2017-2018 school year, the UW Oshkosh priority date is December 20.
Can I apply after the priority date?
Yes. However, filing the FAFSA before the priority date will ensure that students are considered for all types of financial aid. Certain funds may be unavailable after the priority date due to limited availability.
Should I apply for a FSA ID?
Do I have to reapply or renew my Financial Aid?
You must reapply for financial aid every year you are planning to attend UW Oshkosh and receive financial aid.
Will my Financial Aid be renewed after freshmen year?
You must reapply for financial aid every year. You will receive aid application renewal information and instructions in December/January of each year. Your aid “package” may vary depending on the funds available in individual aid programs.
What if I need help filling out my FAFSA application?
What is the difference between dependent and independent students?
The basic philosophy of federal and state need-based financial aid is that students and their families have the first responsibility toward meeting educational expenses. A major issue in the determination of financial resources is the dependency status of students: are they considered to be dependent upon their parents or are they independent (e.g. self-supporting)? The criteria used to make this determination will include:
- Age of Student
- Veteran’s status of the student
- Student’s status as a graduate or professional student
- Student’s marital status
- Student’s status as an orphan or ward of the court
- Legal dependents of student other than a spouse
The FAFSA asks specific questions related to the above criteria, which will in turn determine the student’s dependency status.
If the student is determined to be dependent, a parental contribution is calculated from the financial information reported by the parents. This information will include, but not limited to, income, assets, family size, number in college and age of older parent. Large portions of the parental income and assets are protected by offsets in the determination of the parental contribution.
If the student is determined to be independent, then the resources of the student and spouse (if applicable) are used in the financial aid eligibility determination.
Since the majority of students enrolled in both the MBA and MSIS programs are working adults, most receive tuition reimbursement from their employer. If you are not certain about the benefits available, please check with your human resources department.
Students are eligible for loans and possibly other types of financial aid.
Can I get Financial Aid for a Study Abroad Program?
Students may be eligible for study abroad financial aid. Please see the “Study Abroad” page for more information.
What is UW Oshkosh's Federal School Code that's used for filing the FAFSA?
The Federal School Code for UW Oshkosh is 003920.