Application Process

Financial Aid Application process

this is an important notice about your fafsa

Beginning October 1, 2018, you will be able to complete the online FAFSA form for your financial aid for next year, the 2019-2020 school year.  In the past, the FAFSA was not available until January 1st.  The FAFSA will now be available 3 months earlier.  Please note the FAFSA for next year, the 2019-2020 school year, will use Federal Income Tax information from 2017.

priority date for filing the fafsa is now February 1st

The priority date for filing the FAFSA for the 2018-2019 school year has moved up from March 15th to February 1, 2019.  This date is about 6 weeks earlier than in prior years.  Students may begin filing their FAFSA October 1, 2018 for the 2019-2020 school year.  Please visit our website (/financial-aid) for additional information and updates as they become available.

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid 

  • Complete and file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after Jan. 1
  • FAFSA filing options (no charge to apply):
    • Apply on-line at (recommended)
    • Complete a PDF FAFSA, available for download at
    • Request paper FAFSA by calling the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1.800.433.3243 
  • List UW-Platteville (Title IV code is 003921).
    • This gives the Department of Education permission to send your information to our Financial Aid Office.
  • UW-Platteville’s priority date (not a deadline) for filing the FAFSA is February 1.
    • Applications received at the processing center after that date will be processed in the order received and awarded based on availability of funds.

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watch your email

  • Beginning in mid-March, students who have filed the FAFSA will receive an e-mail from the Financial Aid office directing them to their student PASS account.
  • Check your "To Do List" in your student PASS account to see if additional items are needed.
  • After all information required to determine your aid package is received and reviewed, you will receive an email when the financial aid awards are determined. 

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Receive the financial aid award notification

  • Review the financial aid award information for accuracy.
    • If corrections are required, this can be done online or to the paper copy.
    • Signatures are required for corrections.
    • Contact the Financial Aid Office with questions about making corrections.
  • Accept/decline through your student PASS account.
  • New freshman awards will be determined beginning mid March; continuing and transfer students after the spring semester grades are posted. 

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report changes to FAFSA Information

Federal regulations require that any changes made to your FAFSA information be reviewed by the financial aid office.  If you have filed your FAFSA using estimated information, you must update the FAFSA once you file your tax return.  Keep in mind that awards based on estimated information may change once the actual information is reported and it is reviewed.

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Each time you file a FAFSA form, you may be randomly selected for a process called verification.  If selected for verification, the financial aid office must request certain documents from you in order to verify the information that you supplied in the FAFSA is correct.  Items needed for verification will appear on your PASS account “to do” list.  If your financial aid award is completed prior to your file being verified, the awards may change once verification is complete if any of the FAFSA information had to be corrected.  Please see the policies and procedures section of the website for a complete verification policy.

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Report Outside Scholarships and Other Resources

If you received financial resources and/or a scholarship for the 2018-2019 academic year from an organization other than University of Wisconsin-Platteville, you need to share the good news with the Financial Aid Office as soon as possible. Complete the Outside Scholarship and Other Resources Notification Form.

Federal and state regulations require the financial aid office to consider outside sources of financial assistance when preparing a financial aid package. Late addition of an outside resource could cause your award package to exceed the maximum allowed based on educational costs. If this situation occurs, a reduction to your financial aid package is necessary. By communicating this information to us before your financial aid is disbursed, it will reduce the chances of your awards changing for the Fall and/or Spring semesters.

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Disbursement of Aid

  • If all of your outstanding “to do list” items are complete, financial aid awards (except Federal Work Study) are applied directly to student's accounts at the beginning of each semester.
  • If the financial aid is greater than what you owe, you may receive a refund in the form of checks, direct deposit or on a debit cards.  See the Cashier's Office webpage for additional information. 
  • Students working on Federal Work Study will receive a pay check every two weeks for the hours they worked.

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