Types of Aid
UW-Platteville’s Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships is here help make your university education affordable by providing financial assistance in a number of areas—from grants and loans to scholarships and student employment opportunities.
Grants are funds provided by federal, state, or private sources that do not have to be repaid provided that the enrollment period is completed. Complete the FAFSA in order to be considered for all federal and state grants. Watch this video to learn more about Grant Programs.
Loans are financial assistance that must be repaid through the federal government and private lenders. Each loan program has specific eligibility criteria, repayment plans, cancellation, and deferment conditions. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be completed to be considered for all federal education loans. Watch this video to learn more about Student Loans.
Scholarships are financial support awarded to a student, based on academic achievement or other criteria that may include financial need. There are various types of scholarships – the two most common being merit-based and need-based. The donor or department funding the scholarship sets the criteria for recipient selection, and the grantor specifically defines how the money is to be applied. The funds are used to defray the costs of tuition, books, room, board, and other expenses directly tied to a student’s educational cost through the university. Watch this video to learn more about Scholarships.
Student Employment opportunities are available regardless of your financial aid status. You need to be enrolled in at least six credits during the fall and spring semesters to be eligible for student employment. Summer employment may be available in departments in need of continued assistance.