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Financial aid can be confusing, but we're in this together! Follow the steps below to apply for financial aid. Remember that completing the FAFSA is free and we recommend completing your financial aid application early!

For all UW-Eau Claire campuses, the FAFSA Federal School Code is 003917.

Apply for financial aid as a new student

Step 1

Complete the FAFSA application.

You can apply as early as October 1 of the year prior to the fall you want to attend. We recommend applying before March 15 to receive your award letter before May.

Be sure that you list UW-Eau Claire as one of your college choices. For all UW-Eau Claire campuses, the FAFSA Federal School Code is 003917.

Step 2

You can find out what your financial aid award might be by using our Financial Aid Estimator. 

Step 3

You can check your financial aid status within CampS and provide any additional information requested.  All of your financial aid files must be complete before we can award any financial aid.

NOTE: The federal government will select some students to complete a verification of their financial aid application. If you are selected, you will be contacted by UWEC and we will work closely with you to compile documents needed for verification.

Step 4

You will receive a financial aid award from UWEC. UWEC begins to award financial aid for incoming students who have completed applications in January. You will be sent a notification via email and you will be able to view the financial aid you were offered in CampS.

Step 5

Review your financial aid package and decide to accept or decline any loans that were offered to you. 

NOTE: If you have military or veteran status, there are additional benefits and resources available to you.

Apply for financial aid as a returning student

If you are a current UWEC student who has already applied for financial aid before, you must re-apply for financial aid each year you plan to attend and would like to receive aid. The process is a little different than when you applied the first time. Follow the steps below to apply for financial aid as a returning student. 

If you completed a FAFSA in the previous year 

You can simply renew your FAFSA for the next year with updated information.  

If you do not have a FAFSA on file from the previous year 

You will need to complete a new FAFSA
You can apply beginning in December. 
UW-Eau Claire’s school code is 003917.

Apply for financial aid as a transfer student

Do you plan on transferring to UWEC? If so, you are going to want your financial aid to come with you too! Follow the steps below to apply for financial aid as a transfer student. 

If you completed a FAFSA in the previous year 

You can simply renew your FAFSA for the next year with updated information.  

If you do not have a FAFSA on file from the previous year 

You will need to complete a new FAFSA
You can apply beginning in December. 
UW-Eau Claire’s school code is 003917.

Apply for financial aid as a graduate student

You may be able to receive financial aid as a graduate student at UWEC. Although not all of the same types of aid are available for graduate students, you can apply to see what options are available to you. Follow the steps below to apply for financial aid as a graduate student. 

If you completed a FAFSA in the previous year 

You can simply renew your FAFSA for the next year with updated information.  

If you do not have a FAFSA on file from the previous year 

You will need to complete a new FAFSA
You can apply beginning in December. 
UW-Eau Claire’s school code is 003917.

Graduate PLUS Loan

Graduate students are eligible to borrow up to $20,500 in Unsubsidized Direct Loans over the course of an academic year (Fall, Spring, Winterim and Summer). If you need additional funds after receiving your financial aid offer, you may be eligible to borrow a Graduate PLUS Loan. You should only apply for a Graduate PLUS Loan after borrowing your full amount of Unsubsidized Direct Loan for the year. 

2023-24 Graduate PLUS Loan

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