Paying for College

Graduate Expenses for 2016-17

The table below is only an estimate and includes full-time tuition and textbooks. Some students would also need to plan for housing and meal costs. Estimated costs are available at the Financial Aid web page.

Please note that some graduate programs have different tuition rates. For most programs, you can find the actual tuition rate on the program page in Graduate Programs or from the Student Billing web page for Graduate Programs with Special Tuition Rates.

Student Residency

Per Semester

Yearly Total

Wisconsin Resident



Minnesota Resident



Other Non-Resident



Based on Estimated Cost of Attendance calculated by the UWRF Financial Aid Office, these figures do not include transportation and personal expenses.

Applying for Minnesota Reciprocity

Through an agreement between the states, Minnesota residents can benefit from reduced tution costs with Wisconsin public colleges.

Minnesota residents can apply for reciprocity online at and should do so as soon as you have applied for graduate school.

Your reciprocity benefits will be automatically renewed each year if you continue to attend UW-River Falls and can claim Minnesota residency. If you have not taken any classes in the past year, you will need to reapply.

Graduate Assistantships

There may be graduate assistantships available for the academic year (September through May). Recipients of graduate assistantships must be currently enrolled in a graduate course or admitted to a graduate program and enrolled in a course (graduate or undergraduate). Recipients of a full assistantship are paid a monthly stipend and are expected to work 15-16 hours per week.  

Students seeking graduate assistantships need to complete an application and submit it to the department of their program. Upon recommendations from the departments to whom graduate assistantship positions have been awarded, the Director of Graduate Studies will notify students of assistantship awards.

Please contact the Graduate Studies Office for more information.

Academic and Campus Services

Additional links are provided on the UWRF Home page for Current Students.

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