Pioneer Pledge FAQs
What is the Pioneer Pledge?
The Pioneer Pledge guarantees that the cost of undergraduate, on-campus tuition and fees will be covered for new freshmen attending the Platteville campus who are Pell-eligible and a resident of Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, or Minnesota.
Who is eligible?
To be eligible, a student must:
- Be a new freshman admitted to UW-Platteville by May 1
- Submit the FAFSA and be considered Pell eligible
- Be a resident of Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, or Minnesota*
- Enroll as a full-time student taking classes at the Platteville campus for the fall semester
* Minnesota residents must also submit the Minnesota-Wisconsin Reciprocity form to establish eligibility
How do I apply?
How will the Pledge show on my bill?
Tuition and segregated fees will be covered by the Federal Pell Grant, Wisconsin Grant, and other grants/scholarships. If there is a remaining balance after those aid types have paid, the Pioneer Pledge will cover the difference.
What does the program cover?
The Pioneer Pledge covers the cost of undergraduate on-campus tuition and segregated fees for new freshmen who are Pell eligible and a resident of Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, or Minnesota. The program does not include online students or students attending our branch campuses at Baraboo Sauk County and Richland.
Please note that the Pioneer Pledge does not cover the following costs:
- Application fee for admission
- Textbooks ordered outside of the UW-Platteville textbook rental program
- Courses outside the standard semester like study abroad, summer courses, or winterim courses
- Housing and meal plans
Additional aid programs exist for each of these. Please contact the financial aid office for more information.
What if I can’t or don’t want to attend full time?
Students attending less than full time may still qualify for the Pell Grant and state grants, but do not qualify for the Pioneer Pledge.
Do I have to complete the FAFSA?
Yes. The FAFSA is a requirement for program eligibility.
What is an EFC?
The Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is a measure of your family’s overall financial strength, as determined by the federal Department of Education by the FAFSA. The EFC is used to determine your eligibility for the Federal Pell Grant and your overall ‘need’ for other types of aid. The EFC is not the amount your family will have to pay for college.
When do I need to complete my verification to be included in the Pledge program?
You must complete the verification process no later than July 1 to establish your eligibility for the Pioneer Pledge.
What are the renewal requirements?
- Remain in good academic standing
- Maintain full-time enrollment status
- Remain eligible for a Pell Grant
What if I need more time to finish my degree?
The Pioneer Pledge is a commitment to cover tuition and segregated fees for four years of consecutive full-time enrollment. Students who need additional time to complete their degree program should consult the financial aid office for funding options.
What do I need to do to continue the program?
Students will need to acknowledge the Pledge requirements annually. Students should monitor their email and PASS checklists for additional information.
How will I know that I am still Pell Grant eligible?
When you complete the FAFSA each year you will receive a confirmation page that will indicate whether you qualify for the Pell Grant. To remain eligible for the Pioneer Pledge, you must remain Pell Grant-eligible. If your confirmation page states that you are no longer Pell Grant-eligible please contact the financial aid office to discuss your funding options.