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Scholarships – Investing in Student Success

With more than $2 million awarded in scholarships each year, UW-River Falls continues to be among the top scholarship providers in the UW System. We’re committed to offering need and merit-based scholarships to students with a history of strong academic performance – with or without test scores. 

UWRF awards first-year scholarships based on a comprehensive review of criteria including your history of academic performance, background and experiences, financial need, leadership, and potential to enrich the campus community.

Take a closer look at some of our new and transfer student scholarships:

Chancellor’s Scholarship: Full-tuition and half-tuition scholarships for eligible first-year students renewable for four years. The deadline to apply for the Chancellor's Scholarship is January 1, 2021.

Falcon Scholars Scholarship ($6,000): $1,000 scholarship for eligible first-year students renewable for four years, with an additional $2,000 stipend for undergraduate research or study abroad in the junior or senior year. 

Diversity Success Scholarship ($1,000-$3,500): This one-time award is given to select ethnically diverse or economically disadvantaged incoming freshmen.  Preference will be given (but not limited to) participants from college access programs. 

Falcons Soar Scholarship ($500-$2,500): This one-time award is offered to new freshmen with a history of strong academic performance. 

Falcons Fly Higher Scholarship ($500-$2,500): This one-time award is offered to new freshmen or transfer students.  Academic potential, background and experiences, financial need, leadership, and the potential to enrich the campus community are given consideration when making these awards. 

Study in Wisconsin Scholarship ($3,000 per year)
This scholarship is awarded to non-resident students and is renewable for up to four years. This award excludes Minnesota (due to reciprocity), Midwest Student Exchange (MSEP), and Return to Wisconsin participants. Students will be automatically awarded after admission. This scholarship can be combined with other merit-based scholarships. 

Check out the complete list of incoming student scholarships.

All scholarship deadlines are February 1, 2021, with the exception of:

  • the Chancellor's Scholarship, which has a deadline of January 1, 2021,
  • and the Falcons Fly Higher Scholarship that will be reviewed and awarded on a continual basis through the 11:59pm on September 1, 2021.

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*The Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP) is a multistate tuition reciprocity program and includes Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota and Ohio.
†Other Non-Resident students may be eligible for an automatic $3,000 scholarship that is renewable for up to four years.

Our total cost includes:

  • Tuition for two full-time semesters
  • Textbook rental
  • Career services, health and counseling services, academic support, tutoring and participation in on-campus recreation and events
  • Double room in a residence hall
  • 14 meals each week on average

Compare our cost!

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(before financial aid)An image of a bar chart representing the costs of UWRF, UW-Stout, UW-Eau Claire, UW-Madison, UMN-Twin Cities, and University of St. Thomas*The estimated annual cost includes tuition, fees, room and board at each of the individual institutions listed above. These figures were compiled fall 2020 from institutional websites and reflect the approximate average annual cost for a Wisconsin or Minnesota resident.

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There are many types of aid available to help finance your education, along with tools to help you determine your eligibility.

In order to receive financial aid, you must apply each year you are in college. Even if you don't think you qualify, try anyway. Generally, the earlier you apply, the better your chances of receiving aid.

Need help understanding how the financial aid process works?
Download our Financial Aid Process PDF.

On-campus employment

With 1,500+ on-campus jobs, you can make money and get valuable work experience to add to your resume. Visit Handshake, UWRF's online job posting board, for job and internship postings.

Contact Us

Admissions Office
103 Rodli Hall
M-F, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.