Financial Support

Tuition Rates

The program consists of two full-time summer sessions and two full-time academic semesters (fall and spring). Graduate tuition charges can be found on the Tuition and Fees page of the UW-Madison’s Bursar’s Office website.  In-state tuition totals approximately a bit over $20,000, and out of state about $40,000.

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Navigating the Tuition and Fees Page

Tuition is the part of a student’s college expenses that pays for the academic experience: courses, administration of academic departments and programs ,and more.  Each August rates are updated for the following year.

The tuition charges are found in a table on the Bursar’s Office website.  To see the rate for each of the four semesters, toggle to the correct item in the drop-down menu.

  • Choose a semester” = Select either “summer” or “Fall” and Spring”
  • Choose a program” = Select “Graduate or most Capstone Certificate”

The table then offers columns to direct you towards your rate:  CREDITS, RESIDENT, NONRESIDENT, INTERNATIONAL, MINNESOTA, SEGREGATED FEES

For CREDITS, you will be enrolled at a full-time rate using the following credit allocations

  • Summer = 9+ credits (Actual amount = 11-12credits)
  • Fall = 8+ credits (Actual amount = 15 credits)
  • Fall = 8+ credits (Actual amount = 10-15 credits)
  • Summer = 4-7 credits (Actual amount = 4-7 credits)

SEGREGATED FEES – Tuition rates (Resident, Nonresident, International and Minnesota) include the amount of segregated fees assessed, which is also listed separately in the last column.

Review the Bursar’s website to learn more about the fees:

Resident Status

Initial residence determinations for tuition purposes at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are made by the Office of the Registrar’s Residence Counselors, based on the provisions of Wisconsin Statutes 36.27(2) which governs residence status for tuition purposes.   In general, you must be a bona fide resident of Wisconsin for at least 12 months prior to enrollment to be eligible for in-state tuition.

More details can be found on the webpages from The Office of the Registrar at

Gift Aid:  School of Education Scholarships 

Gift aid comes in the form of scholarships, fellowships, grants, and student awards.   This money is considered a gift and is not required to be repaid.  Selections are competitive and based on donor-provided criteria. 

Our program is fortunate to have numerous scholarship opportunities to offer our candidates due to the generosity of donors to the School of Education.  These financial awards are selected based on a variety of attributes, including but not limited to: academic merit, content area background, teaching interest, financial need, ethnicity, gender, alma mater, and teaching location.

To apply for scholarships, the UW offers a “one-stop” system, the Wisconsin Scholarship Hub (WiSH).  Within this one system, you are able to access scholarship applications from across campus, including the School of Education and secondary education program specified awards.  The application portal is open from November through May.  An early set of recipients will be notified in early January.  The full list of scholarships will be awarded in March.  Additional funding opportunities may available in May–details will be available at that time.

FASFA is useful but not required for this application.  Within the scholarship application, there is a place to share the context of your situation with regards to your FAFSA report.

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Scholarships and Awards for students in the Secondary Education Program

Links and Directions for the Wisconsin Scholarship Hub (WiSH)

Wisconsin Scholarship Hub (WiSH)

WiSH Directions:

  1. To apply for the C&I Secondary Education Scholarship Application, click this link   The link will take you to the Wisconsin Scholarship Hub (WiSH) to access the application.
  2. Sign in with your NetID and password.
  3. Complete the “General Application,” comprised of seven brief questions.
  4. From there, WiSH should allow you to complete the C&I Secondary Education Scholarship Application located on your WiSH student dashboard. 

All candidates who have submitted a program application through the Uw Graduate School application system should have access to the scholarship application. If you have submitted a program application, but are not seeing the C&I Secondary Education Scholarship Application, please email Joey Lubasi,, with your user name and campus ID number.

Secondary Education Scholarship Application and Awarding Timeline

  • Nov 20 – Scholarship Application open on WiSH
  • March 1 – Scholarship applications due
  • March 20 – Scholarship/award recipients notified
  • May 1 – Late scholarship applications due
  • May 20 – Late scholarship/award recipients notified


  • Sept 1 – all scholarships, first stipend (50%)
  • Jan 20 – all scholarships, second stipend (50%)
  • Scholarship recipients celebrate their awards at our fall awards and honors banquet.

Loan Forgiveness Programs

Loan forgiveness means you are no longer expected to repay your loan, if certain criteria are met.  These programs are open to all qualifying candidates.  The following two financial aid programs are open to candidates in the secondary education program: the Teacher Pledge and the federal TEACH grant.

Our featured program is the Teacher Pledge.  All students in the Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction (Secondary Education degree) are eligible for this amazing new opportunity.  Learn more about the Teacher Pledge.   

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The Teacher Pledge

The Teacher Pledge     We are excited to introduce one of the first programs of its kind offered by a public university.  Secondary education teacher education candidates are eligible to receive the equivalent of in-state tuition and fees, testing and licensing costs. In return, students pledge to work at a Wisconsin PK-12 school for three-to-four years after graduation. Please visit this website for more details and descriptions: 

To apply for the Teacher Pledge, first, complete a FASFA.  This will connect you to the next step, and does not commit participation.      Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

UW Campus Resources

Additional Resources

Federal Loan Forgiveness Programs

The federal government also offers different programs to help aspiring teachers fund their preparation.

  • TEACH Grants:   Federal TEACH (Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education) Grants are available to all UW-Madison SED teacher education students.  Applicants for TEACH grants must score above the 75th percentile on a nationally-normed admissions test or have earned at least a 3.25 cumulative GPA. Students who become eligible for the program via GPA must earn a 3.25 GPA to maintain eligibility.  This money is designated as a loan, which can be forgiven if the candidate verifies they work in a “high-needs” school and/or subject for five years.   (Candidates may be eligible for up to ~$5000)

All TEACH Grant recipients must meet a service requirement after completing their teacher-preparation program. For more details, see the UW-Madison TEACH Grant Guidelines.

  • PSLF:  The Public Service Loan Forgiveness is a program that forgives remaining debt after 120 payments if the candidate works full time for a qualifying service business.  See  FSA website for more details.
  • Federal Teacher Loan Forgiveness:  Under the Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program, if you teach full-time for five complete and consecutive academic years in a low-income school or educational service agency, and meet other qualifications, you may be eligible for forgiveness of up to $17,500 on your Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans and your Subsidized and Unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loans.  To learn more about this and possible other loan forgiveness programs, please check the Loan Forgiveness page on the Federal Student Aid website.

Federal loans and financial planning

The Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) assists students whose personal and family resources are not adequate to cover the expenses involved in attending UW–Madison. The office also provides counseling to help students manage their money effectively, information on other potential sources of financial assistance (such as employment), debt management counseling, and small short-term loans for emergency situations.  Please visit the OSFA page to explore various types of loans including options for graduate study

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Campus Information and Programs


Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Please note that financial aid is available for summer, as well as the academic year.  To start the process, a FAFSA will need to be completed.  

Employment during the Program

.  The Secondary Education program is done at an accelerated pace.  You will need to commit many hours for courses, field experiences, and the accompanying work.  If you are able to not take a job during this time, that is ideal.  However, we also understand some situations necessitate a paid job.”  We also understand that some situations necessitate a paid job.

If you are considering a job, here are some ideas other folks have explored. 

  •       On campus, student hourly positions could be an option.  These may be found via this website ( or contacts you may have.  We are not a good source of these job leads.  As noted in the acceptance letter, positions on campus that lead to free tuition are not a match with this program. 
  •       In local schools, there is a high need for AVID tutors and substitute teachers.  Nearly all eligible candidates that apply are accepted.  In the fall, and occasionally in the spring, these positions fit into your other activities.   This employment is done though the local districts. More information will be coming at a later time.  Coaching, directing or leading an activity after school hours is a tough challenge during the program year.  Most of the program classes are held after school, which is also when most contests and practices are held.  You may be able to assist, but it would need to be reviewed on a case by case basis.
  •       Part-time jobs.  If you choose to take work, it may be helpful to note that the program does not have weekend requirements, and class times in the summer are concluded by 4:00, and by 7:30 in fall and spring.  During the school day, schedules are set based on individual school sites.