Tuition and Fees
Tuition is the part of a student’s college expenses that pays for the academic experience: courses, administration of academic departments and programs and so on.
For University of Wisconsin schools, including UW–Madison, tuition is determined by the UW System Board of Regents, based on budgets approved by the Wisconsin governor and legislature. The Madison Budget Office determines the rates for each academic program at UW-Madison. Historical tuition rates can also be found on the Madison Budget Office website.
Tuition is one part of the overall cost of attendance at UW-Madison. For more information on the cost of attendance, visit the Office of Student Financial Aid.
Tuition rates are published in early August
Because tuition rates are tied to the timing of state budget approval, the Madison Budget Office is generally able to set and publish rates for the upcoming Fall and Spring semesters in early August. Tuition rates for some academic programs are published shortly after. Tuition rates for Summer Term are usually posted in late March.
How tuition is calculated
A student’s individual tuition rate is calculated based on a number of factors including Academic Program, the number of credits taken and residency status.
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Tuition rates vary by academic program (also referred to as career). Students will be assessed at a different rate for Undergraduate, Graduate, Dissertator, Capstone, etc.
Most academic programs have tuition rates based on the number of credits the student is enrolled in during a semester. Some programs have a range of credits that is considered the “full-time” rate, and students are assessed that rate for all number of credits within the full-time rate. For example, the Undergraduate full-time range is 12 to 18 credits in a Fall or Spring semester: a student taking 12 credits will be charged the same tuition rate as the student taking 17 credits.
Tuition surcharge over 165 completed credits: Wisconsin resident Undergraduate students who have completed more than 165 credits will be assessed a 100% tuition surcharge on any credits over 165, with some exceptions.
Tuition rates are also assessed depending on a student’s official residence for tuition purposes status. All students are required to establish their residence status as a part of admission or reentry to UW-Madison.
Types of Residence Status:
- Wisconsin — The Wisconsin State Legislature allows a special rate for students who are classified as Wisconsin residents. This rate is officially called ‘resident tuition’; it’s also commonly called ‘in-state’ tuition.
- Minnesota — Minnesota residents may be eligible for the Minnesota Reciprocity rate. Application and approval for Minnesota Reciprocity is managed by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education. When a student is approved for the Minnesota rate, the Minnesota Office of Higher Education submits that approval to the Registrar’s Office.
- International — International tuition rates are assessed for students with an active F-1 or J-1 visa on record with the University. Visa status for international students is maintained by the International Student Services office and the Office of the Registrar.
Other Types of Fees
In addition to tuition, there are other fess that may be assessed on a student’s tuition account. Some of these fees are one-time fees; others may be assessed each semester depending on the student’s status, enrollment date or courses taken.
- eTextbook Fee is charged to students who register for courses participating in the e-text program.
- Registrar Office Document Fee is a mandatory one-time fee that covers the cost of official university documents (such as transcripts).
- New Student Fee is charged to all undergraduates in their first semester.
- International Student Fee is applicable to students who are at UW-Madison on F1 or J1 visas and supports the International Student Services office.
- Late Registration Fee is assessed to students who begin enrolling in courses after a specific date each term.
Tuition Adjustment on Dropped Courses
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