Applying for Aid

Applying for Aid

General eligibility requirements for most types of federal financial aid:

  • Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment at UW-Superior at least half-time as a regular student working toward a degree or certificate
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
     (International students may qualify for some aid)
  • Possess a valid Social Security Number
  • Agree to use federal student aid for educational purposes only
  • Not be in default on any federal student loans or owe money back to any federal student aid programs
  • Register with Selective Service, if required
  • Meet UW-Superior's standards for Satisfactory Academic Progress.

To apply for financial aid:

  1. File a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).  A new FAFSA must be completed for each academic year. 
  2. Be sure that you list UW-Superior as one of your college choices. The UW-Superior Title IV School Code is 003925.
  3. File your FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1 for the 2016-2017 school year.  UW-Superior's priority filing date is March 15, 2016 for the 2016-2017 school year. Students whose applications are processed and completed by this date will receive the best financial aid package available to them. In order to have your application processed and completed by this date, we recommend that you file your FAFSA for the upcoming academic year by February 15, 2016.

Important Note: Please be aware that starting with the 2017-2018 school year, the FAFSA will be going under a great many changes.  One of these changes is going to be the availability of when a student can file a FAFSA. Necessarily, this will affect UWS' priority deadline date. Beginning with the 2017-2018 school year, UWS Award notifications for the 2017-2018 year will be sent out sometime in February 2017.

    4.  If you are a transfer student, and have already filed the FAFSA for the current academic year, you do not need to file again. Instead, go to FAFSA, and select "Add or delete a school code".  Add UW-Superior's school code; it is 003925. Your financial aid will not automatically transfer from one school to the next.

Verification
The Department of Education and the FAFSA have switched to a targeted verification system. With this switch, the federal processor will use a risk model to identify FAFSA data elements that are prone to error, which appear anomalous or which seem inconsistent. Only those FAFSA data elements flagged by the federal processor will be subjected to verification. The federal processor is likely to flag fewer than five data elements for most applicants, but some may have more than five data elements flagged.

We are required to verify the accuracy of the information you provided on your FAFSA. If you are selected for verification, you will receive a letter or email to your UWS email account from us requesting:

  • Dependent or Independent Verification Worksheets 
  • Prior year federal tax transcript (student and spouse if independent, student and parent if dependent) which can be acquired by visiting the I.R.S website or by calling 800-908-9946. 

Additional information may be required and will be requested via email.  Please check your UWSUPER email account regularly.

Summer College:  In addition to the instructions above, there is a Summer College Financial Aid Application (available late Spring) application that must be submitted.  The summer aid application, FAFSA results, and other required documents, must be received by the Financial Aid office no later than the deadline indicated on the form. Aid is awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis, and can depend on the aid you have already received for the current academic year. The form is available in our office and on the website.

Study abroad: 
In addition to the instructions above, fill out a Study Abroad Financial Aid Revision form, available from the Office of International Programs.

Computer Purchase:  You may request your budget to be expanded for the cost of a computer by submitting an Administrative Request form. Generally, it will only be filled with additional loan money, if you are eligible.  You may do this only one time during your career at UW-Superior.

Consortium Agreement:  to be used if you plan to take a course at another institution because it is not offered here and is required for your degree.