UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

Financial Aid

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IMPORTANT:
Financial Aid office hours 

** May 20- 22, 2024 - UWRF Financial Aid office is closed for cleaning. Please call to reach us directly, 715-425-3141.

  • Office Hours May 20 - August 23, 2024: Monday - Thursday 7:45 am - 4:30 pm; Friday 7:45 am - Noon
  • Closed on holidays
Want to Meet with a Counselor?

Please see Appointments for more information.

Have some questions?

Check out our FAQs to get started.

Receiving your Financial Aid and Refunds - how financial aid is paid to your billing account
Payments and scholarship checks

Can be brought to the Student Billing Office (226 Rodli Hall). Please see Payment Information for more details.

Financial Checklist

Review the Financial Checklist to ensure you haven't missed any steps in using your financial aid to pay your billing account.

Check your eSIS To Do List

Log in to eSIS (https://esis.uwrf.edu/) to view your To Do List. Click on the item to see which department is requesting information. For financial aid items, check out our Verification page to learn what it is, download requested forms such as a Verification Worksheet, and information on how to submit requested Tax Data. We encourage students and families to submit requested documents to us by email (finaid@uwrf.edu), fax (715-425-0708), or by the U.S. postal mail. Please remember to include your student ID number (begins with a "w") on all documents.

Complete Your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

You must complete a FAFSA every year if you are interested in receiving federal and state financial aid: FAFSA application. When applying for FAFSA, you should only use https://fafsa.gov.

  • Pay attention to the year's application! There may be two applications open at one time. 2024-2025 is for Fall 2024, Spring 2025, and Summer 2025
  • Applying for J-Term (Winter) or Summer Semester Financial Aid?
    You will need to submit a FAFSA for the corresponding academic year (example: 2023-2024 is for Fall 2023, Spring 2024, and Summer 2024) and then submit the UWRF J-Term or Summer aid form AFTER you have registered for your J-Term or Summer classes.
2024-2025 FAFSA

Learn more about FAFSA updates.

Explore Federal Student Aid's Educational Webinars and FSA Educational Videos
The U.S. Department of Education, Federal Student Aid, is the largest provider of financial aid for college in the United States. The Custom Outreach Group provides educational information about FSA programs, tools, and resources. Check out some of the videos now to prepare for the 2024-25 FAFSA:

Check out the Federal Student Aid Estimator for an estimate of how much federal student aid the student may be eligible to receive. These estimates are based on the Student Aid Index (SAI), an index used to determine federal aid eligibility.

2024-2025 FAFSA CORRECTIONS: Adding schools, contributor signatures, consent and approval

Students can now make corrections to their 2024-2025 FAFSA. Check the status of your FAFSA by logging in to your StudentAid.Gov account and selecting your FAFSA submission from the "My Activity" section of your account Dashboard. The ability to make required or voluntary corrections to 2024-25 FAFSA forms that are in "Processed" status will be available first. Check your FAFSA submission summary to review your responses and understand any required actions to complete your form. More information about corrections can be found at StudentAid.Gov (https://studentaid.gov/apply-for-aid/fafsa/review-and-correct/correct).

Avoid Financial Aid and IRS Scams

Check out StudentAid.Gov for Information on Avoiding Student Aid Scams. Additionally, check out their page on How to Avoid Student Loan Forgiveness Scams. Remember, you NEVER need to pay anything to apply for financial aid. Always contact our office directly if you have any questions regarding anything you receive by mail or email.

The IRS does NOT send unsolicited emails to the public or with content that includes sensitive information. If you receive any phishing or scam emails appearing to be from "IRS Online" or containing an attachment labeled "Tax Account Transcript" or something similar, please do not open the email. Either delete it or simply forward it (without opening) to phishing@irs.gov. If using an employer's computer, the IRS asks the employee to notify his or her company of the email. For more details from the IRS, please see Report Phishing and Online Scams.

Current Financial Aid News:

 

Federal Direct Loan Interest Rates for 2024-2025

The 2023-2024 Annual Interest Rates for the Federal Direct Loan Program will apply for loans disbursed on or after July 1, 2024 and before July 1, 2025. All interest rates shown in the chart are fixed rates. A fixed rate will not change for the life of the loan. For more information on Federal Loan rates and fees, please see https://studentaid.gov/understand-aid/types/loans/interest-rates.

Loan Type

Borrower Type

Fixed Interest Rate

Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans

Undergraduate

6.53%

Direct Unsubsidized Loans

Graduate or Professional

8.08%

Direct PLUS Loans

Parents and Graduate or Professional Students

9.08%

UWRF Scholarships
  • UWRF Scholarship Applications open EARLY - a year in advance of when you receive the funds. Applications open for admitted new and transfer students in October the year before they plan to start and in November for continuing students who are currently enrolled at UWRF.
  • Most scholarships have a deadline of February 1 every application cycle, however dates may vary, for example Study/Travel Abroad Scholarships, Graduate Counseling, and the Chancellor's and Falcon Scholars Scholarships all have different deadlines. It's important to review the scholarship description for specific dates in the application site to ensure you apply in a timely manner.
  • For more information and to log in to the scholarship system, please see UWRF Scholarships.

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Contact Us

Financial Aid Office
finaid@uwrf.edu
P: 715-425-3141
F: 715-425-0708
Mon - Thu: 7:45am - 4:30pm
Fri: 7:45am - noon
133 Rodli Hall