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Welcome to UIW! Here you will find information for new students, including estimated costs, how to understand your award letter, and next steps to complete your financial aid file. We look forward to working with you!

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Have you heard? The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is now even easier to complete!

For the 2017-2018 aid year, the FAFSA will now use your/your parent(s)' 2015 tax information, which makes it more likely that you will be able to use the IRS Data Retrieval Transfer (DRT) process to transfer important income information into your FAFSA.

Complete your FAFSA today at! Helpful information on the FSA ID, completing your FAFSA, and next steps are below.


Need help completing the 2017-2018 FAFSA? "Completing the FAFSA: 2017-2018" has in-depth answers to all of your FAFSA questions! If that doesn't help, call us or stop by!


2017-2018 Application Checklist (Summer 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018)

Use the Application Checklists above to get started applying for aid. Have questions? Contact our office for assistance with completing your FAFSA, turning in documents, etc.


Announcing the UIW Sibling Discount Application!


What is an FSA ID, and why do you need one?

Frequently Asked Questions about the FSA ID

Common questions about the changes to the 2017-2018 FAFSA:


What is "prior-prior year"?

Prior-prior year, also known as "PPY" is the biggest change to the 2017-2018 FAFSA. Rather than using the previous year's family income, the FASFA will now be looking back TWO years. So, the 2017-2018 FAFSA will use 2015 tax information rather than 2016. This means that families who file extensions or have other complicated tax files, will not be stuck waiting to complete their FAFSAs!


Which questions on the FAFSA are based on 2015 information?

All income numbers (adjusted gross income, wages, taxes paid, exemptions, child support paid or received, etc.) should come from the 2015 tax return(s), W2s, and other 2015 documentation.


Which questions on the FAFSA should be answered with information as of the day the FAFSA is completed?

The remaining non-income questions on the FAFSA should be answered with the information as it is on the day the FAFSA is completed. For example: name, address, phone, dependency status, marital status, household size, number in college, value of cash/savings/checking accounts, investment/business net worths, and whether the family is receiving any federally means-tested benefits.


FAFSA and FSA ID Tips for Parents



2017-2018 Main Campus Estimated Cost Worksheet

Use the Estimated Costs Worksheet above to estimate your actual direct costs. Remember, your bill is not necessarily the same as the total cost of attendance (COA) on your award letter. Your actual billed (direct) charges will depend upon where you choose to live, your meal plan, etc.


2017-2018 Understanding Your Award Letter

"Understanding Your Award Letter" includes information on how to read your UIW award letter, and details the information you will find on it.


Next Steps for New Students

Not sure what to do next? Click on "Next Steps for New Students" for a helpful checklist!

Admissions Next Steps:


Financial Aid Commonly Used Terms

Definitions of terms commonly used when discussing financial aid.


Borrowing Information Form

UIW understands that many families and students will need to utilize student loans to fund their education. The "Borrowing Information Form" discusses key concepts for those considering using student loans as part of their financial aid package.



Looking for more information?

Check out our online Student Guide to Aid at UIW!