Financial aid & education benefits

It’s highly recommended to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) because it’s possible to receive aid that won’t need to be paid back. The free money, grants and scholarships, within your financial aid offer are automatically accepted on your behalf. Any offered loans can be declined if you won’t need them.

Applying for federal education benefits administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) won’t affect any financial aid you apply for. It may have an effect if you apply for the Wisconsin GI Bill or the Wisconsin National Guard Grant.

Types of financial aid

Veterans may have different considerations than a traditional student when completing your FAFSA , including cost of attendance and dependency status. It’s recommended to have a conversation with a specialist from the Office of Financial Aid at UW-Madison about your unique situation.

Financial Aid contacts for veterans:
Pade Thao
Maggie Z.

How to apply for FAFSA


University Veteran Services
school certifying officials

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333 East Campus Mall
10th floor, Suite 10320
Madison, WI 53715

Monday - Friday
9:00am - 4:00pm


Drop-ins are always welcome, but appointments are encouraged.

Please visit our About Us page to make an appointment with a member of our staff.