New Freshman Scholarships

Chancellor Scholarship

Deadline: must be admitted to the university by April 1
The highly-competitive Chancellor Scholarship is designed for students with a demonstrated commitment to education, leadership, and the betterment of their community. The scholarship provides full tuition. The award can be renewed annually.

The scholarship also provides participants with leadership opportunities, including gatherings with the Chancellor and other leaders in the UW-Platteville community. You will automatically be considered for this scholarship upon your admission as a first-year student.

Capstan Scholarship

Deadline: April 1
The Capstan Scholarship presents an extraordinary opportunity for students planning to pursue a career in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), Accounting, or Finance. As a comprehensive scholarship, including tuition, room and board, the Capstan Scholarship affords recipients the honor to graduate debt-free from UW-Platteville. For our Capstan Scholars, life will be set on a different trajectory – one with great reward and awesome responsibility. 

For consideration of the Capstan Scholarship and other scholarship opportunities, please submit the General Scholarship Application by April 1.

Merit Scholarship

New freshmen admitted to the Platteville campus are automatically considered for a Merit Scholarship, based on your unweighted high school GPA at the time of admission and ACT/SAT test score (test score is not required for eligibility). Award amounts vary between $4,000 to $8,000 and will be divided equally between eight semesters, provided you meet the conditions of renewal. Use our online Cost Calculator to determine your eligibility and award amount.

Non-Resident Scholarship

Students who meet the criteria for a Merit Scholarship award, who are classified as non-resident for tuition purposes, may also receive a non-resident scholarship. Award amounts vary between $2,500 to $3,500. The award can be renewed for eight semesters by meeting the renewal criteria. Consideration for this scholarship requires no additional application.

Non-resident includes states other than Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Residents of Illinois and Iowa are reviewed for Tuition Advantage program eligibility, and residents of Minnesota are eligible to receive the reciprocity tuition rate. For questions, contact the Office of Admission at or call 608.342.1125.

New Freshman Scholarships

Priority Deadline: February 1 | Final Deadline: April 1
Our New Freshman Scholarships are a series of general university and specific college and major scholarships. To apply, first submit the General Scholarship Application. Award amounts vary.

UW-Platteville Foundation Underrepresented Student Scholarship

Priority Deadline: February 1 | Final Deadline: April 1
This scholarship is designed for new freshmen who excel academically and are a member of an underrepresented minority group. The $2,500 award can be renewed annually by meeting renewal criteria. To apply, use the General Scholarship Application. An application essay is required.

Pioneer Pledge

Deadline: must be admitted to the university by May 1 and file FAFSA by July 1
The Pioneer Pledge guarantees that the cost of undergraduate, on-campus tuition and fees will be covered for new freshmen who are Pell-eligible and a resident of Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa or Minnesota. The program only applies to students at the UW-Platteville campus, and also does not apply to students in fully online programs. This scholarship is guaranteed for students who meet eligibility criteria, and requires no additional application.

Branch Campus Scholarships

Information and applications for scholarships specifically for students at our branch campuses may be found at each campus' scholarship page. For details, visit Baraboo Sauk County scholarships and Richland scholarships

Reduced Tuition Costs

Tuition Advantage

The Tuition Advantage (formerly known as the Tri-State Initiative) provides a discount on out-of-state tuition for eligible new freshmen and transfer students from Illinois and Iowa. It is offered only at the UW-Platteville campus, and also does not apply to students in fully online programs. This scholarship is guaranteed for students who meet eligibility criteria, and requires no additional application.

Minnesota-Wisconsin Tuition Reciprocity

The Minnesota-Wisconsin tuition reciprocity agreement states that residents of Minnesota can attend Wisconsin institutions, in approved programs and be charged the approved reciprocity tuition rate, plus applicable fees. You must first apply to the Minnesota Office of Higher Education for verification of your eligibility for reciprocity.

Additional Undergraduate Scholarships

Transfer Student Scholarships

Deadline for spring semester: December 1 | Deadline for fall semester: July 1
Incoming transfer students who have not previously attended UW-Platteville, and are planning to enroll full time in UW-Platteville campus courses may qualify for transfer student scholarship awards up to $1,000 for the academic year or $500 per semester. To apply, fill out the General Scholarship Application.

Continuing Student Scholarships

Priority Deadline: March 1 | Final Deadline: April 1
Continuing student scholarships are available from the Colleges of Business, Industry, Life Science and Agriculture; Engineering, Mathematics and Science; and Liberal Arts and Education, as well as general university scholarships. Award amounts vary. To apply, fill out the General Scholarship Application.

Private & Outside Scholarships

UW-Platteville students may also qualify for scholarships from organizations outside of the university. These scholarship funds may also be applied toward costs such as tuition, room and board.