Financial Aid Dates and Deadlines
UWSP Financial Aid Application Deadline Date
Although we have no real deadline date as financial aid applications continue to be processed on a weekly basis throughout the year, all application requirements must be complete prior to the student's last day of enrollment in the aid year. Typically, the deadline to apply for financial aid
is 1-2 weeks before the last day of your enrollment in the
academic year. Be aware, we must receive and be able to make a financial
aid offer (in most cases) before the last day of your enrollment in a given term.
When will my aid pay? Financial aid will begin disbursing approximately one week before your classes begin. It is anticipated aid will begin being applied to UWSP bills August 30 for fall and January 19 for spring. Summer disbursement is anticipated to begin on June 2 and/or 10 days before your first course is scheduled to begin. Remember, to check the TASK tile in accesSPoint to be sure all requirements are completed to receive your aid. Additionally, if your financial aid will not cover your entire bill, you must pay the remaining balance by the due date or set up a payment plan with Student Financial Services.
August - Direct Loan Certification and School Bill
Accepted Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans will begin being certified to the Department of Education in mid-August. First-time loan borrowers must complete Entrance Counseling and the Master Promissory Note (MPN) to receive a disbursement of these loans. New students may not see the Entrance Counseling and MPN completed until loans have been certified. View the TASK tile in acceSPoint to see if there are any unmet requirements that may be required.
University billing statements for fall are sent from the university's Student Financial Services office with the payment information. Although you may view charges in your acceSPoint, be sure to review the actual billing information received and check your account periodically.
September (early) - Credit and Refund
Fall financial aid disburses. Should there be a refund, to receive refunds faster, students are encouraged to sign up for direct deposit through accesSPoint.
September 19, 2023 - Fall Semester Financial Aid Census Date
2023-2024 academic year: Fall awards will be finalized based on your enrollment as of September 19 and a financial aid revision may be necessary. If you receive a Federal Pell Grant, these awards will be reduced based on your enrollment on the financial aid census date and cannot be increased should your enrollment change after this date.
October 1st - FAFSA is Typically Available
File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) annually for the following school year.
*For the 2024-2025 academic year, the FAFSA will be available until later December 31, 2023. Please check the studentaid.gov website for updates.
January (mid) - Credit and Refund
Spring financial aid disburses. Should there be a refund, to receive refunds faster, students are encouraged to sign up for direct deposit through accesSPoint.
February 1 - New Student Scholarship Application Priority Date
This is the priority date for the first-year student scholarship application.
February 6, 2023 - Spring Financial Aid Census Date
2022-2023 academic year: Spring awards will be finalized based on your enrollment as of February 6 and a financial aid revision may be necessary. If you receive a Federal Pell Grant, these awards will be reduced based on your enrollment on the financial aid census date and cannot be increased should your enrollment change after this date.
February 15 - New Students Preferred Date for Filing the FAFSA
It is recommended new students to UWSP submit their FAFSA data and complete all requirements by Feb 15 to receive their financial aid offer early.
March (mid) - Financial Aid Offers to New Incoming Students
We anticipate notifying new incoming students of their financial aid award via U.S. mail and email who have completed their FAFSA and any subsequent requirements. Once we begin processing offers for the year, we'll continue to run offers weekly. *Please note this is later than usual for 2024-2025 due to the delayed FAFSA.
May 1 - Priority Date for Filing the FAFSA
Applicants should submit their FAFSA data and complete all requirements on or before May 1 to be considered for all aid available. After this day, there is no guarantee that all federal and state aid that you may have qualified for will be available.
May (early) - Financial Aid Offers to Continuing Students
Financial Aid Award letters for the upcoming summer, fall, and spring are emailed to continuing students who have completed their FAFSA and any subsequent requirements.
Other Important Dates
We encourage students to familiarize themselves with the following calendars as well: