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​​​​​​​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 12 for S​pring. 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 tasks completed until loans have been certified. View the TASK tile in acceSPoint to see if there are any unmet requirements.

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 it 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 ai​​d 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 became available December 31, 2023. Please check the​ website for updates on the new FAFSA form.    

January (mid) - Credit and Refund

Spring financial aid disburses. Refunds are processed after classes have started. Should there be a refund, to receive it 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 2, 2024 - Spring Financial Aid Census Date

2023-2024 academic year: Spring awards were finalized based on your enrollment at the end of the day February 2. A financial aid revision may have been necessary if your enrollment changed. If you received a Federal Pell Grant, these awards were reduced based on your enrollment on the financial aid census date and cannot be increased should your enrollment change after this date.

March (mid) - 2024-2025 FAFSA Data Processed

The Department of Education began processing 2024-2025 FAFSA data mid-March. Students will receive an email from Federal Student Aid (FSA) once processed. Our office will send an email once we have received the data. Please note this is a delay due to significant FAFSA changes for 2024-2025. For the most up to date information, visit​.

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

We anticipate providing financial aid offers early May for the upcoming summer, fall, and spring terms. Offers are emailed to continuing students who have completed their FAFSA and any subsequent requirements. For new incoming students, we will send a paper packet through the mail as well as an electronic notification.

Other Important Dates

We encourage students to familiarize themselves with the following calendars as well:

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