Costs and Financial Aid

If you’re like most students, you’re excited about going to college but concerned about costs. UW Oshkosh offers a high-quality, accessible college education. Many UW Oshkosh students take advantage of the numerous forms of financial aid available to make college more affordable.


Typical Undergraduate Costs (Per Semester)

The first step in determining your financial need is to calculate the estimated cost of attendance at UW Oshkosh. The Financial Aid Office establishes cost of attendance budgets based on averaged and actual costs from reported data, survey data and Bureau of Labor Statistics data. These budgets include tuition and fees, books, supplies, room and board, and other expenses.

  • Books and Supplies: The estimate of books and supplies is based on average cost for undergraduate and graduate students. Your actual costs may be more or less than the average costs based on your course requirements.
  • Room and Board: There are two housing costs factored into the cost of education. Students living with parents are considered commuter students. Students living on- and off-campus will have housing costs calculated that equal the average of the on-campus housing for the year. Food is also calculated differently for commuter and on- and off-campus students. The cost is updated each year based on the projected increase in the university food services costs.
  • Personal: Day-to-day living expenses that don’t fall into any other category, such as clothing, medical, recreational expenses, toiletries and insurance.
  • Transportation: Roughly based on trips to school with standard course load.

Your lifestyle and preferences may dictate some of the costs below; however, the tuition and room/board numbers will remain as fixed costs for your budget. You will need to double the numbers below to calculate your annual cost.


Breakdown of Semester Costs

Please Note: These are semester costs based off of the 2015-2016 academic year and are provided by financial aid. For detailed information about actual costs per credit and payment deadlines, visit the Student Accounts Receivable website.

Budget Item WI Resident Non Resident Minnesota Resident* Midwest Exchange Return to Wisconsin
Books $500 $500 $500 $500 $500
Room and Board $3,758 $3,758 $3,758 $3,758 $3,758
Loan Fee Allowance $40 $40 $40 $40 $40
Personal $1,000 $1,000 $1,000 $1,000 $1,000
Transportation $350 $350 $350 $350 $350
Tuition $3,746 $7,533 $3,996 $5,321 $5,799
Total $9,394 $13,181 $9,644 $10,969 $11,447

*Minnesota Residents may qualify for in-state fees and tuition reciprocity.



Tuition Reduction Programs

For nonresidents of Wisconsin who meet eligibility requirements, one of the following tuition assistance options may reduce out-of-state tuition costs.

  • Minnesota/Wisconsin Reciprocity ProgramIf you are a Minnesota resident, you may qualify for reciprocity benefits, saving you money on out-of-state tuition. Tuition rates are about the same as the rates for in-state tuition.
  • Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP): You can now earn your college degree at UW Oshkosh and pay reduced tuition rates as a MSEP student. Participating states include: Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska and North Dakota.
  • Titan National Scholar Program: Some high-achieving non-resident students may qualify for the Titan National Scholar Program, which brings the cost of tuition down to Wisconsin costs.
  • Return to Wisconsin Tuition Reduction ProgramThe Return to Wisconsin Tuition Reduction Program offers a 25% waiver of assessed nonresident tuition to children and grandchildren of UW Oshkosh graduates.


FAFSA and College Goal Wisconsin

As a future college student you will want to explore all of the possible funding opportunities from potential grants, to loans and scholarships. Speak to your high school counselor about financial aid for college and make plans to attend one of the regional College Goal Wisconsin sessions, a state-wide program offering information on the “how-to’s” of applying for financial aid and hands-on help in filing out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA).

For information about federal financial aid, visit the FAFSA website and use the FAFSA4caster to estimate your potential federal financial aid. To be considered for all types of financial aid, we recommend filing the FAFSA by UW Oshkosh’s March 15 priority deadline date.

The majority of students at UW Oshkosh are receiving some form of financial aid, including grants, loans, work-study and scholarships. For more information about these types of financial aid and others available, visit the UW Oshkosh Financial Aid Office website.



Freshman Scholarships

The UW Oshkosh Foundation awards more than $200,000 in freshman scholarships each year. Most of the scholarships are merit awards that recognize academic, leadership or other achievements. Some also are need-based. The admissions office administers many of the freshman scholarships.

For detailed information about actual costs per credit and payment deadlines, visit the Student Accounts Receivable website.