University-Wide Financial Aids
The Office of Student Financial Aid offers unique and valuable assistance to prospective students as well as to students enrolled on campus. This office administers all “university-wide” aid for students, including University of Wisconsin-Madison scholarships, grants, loans, work-study programs, and part-time work opportunities and similar programs.
Detailed information, applications, etc., about all of the “university-wide” financial aids open for consideration by any university student, are included in the UW-Madison application booklet available from your high school guidance counselor or upon request from the Office of Student Financial Aid. Additionally, there is a new website that makes it easy to find UW-Madison scholarships. Scholarships @ UW-Madison is designed to help prospective, new and continuing students and their parents find undergraduate scholarship details within one site. Starting in September, 2009 it's your one-stop shop for scholarships.
Supplementary to the “university-wide” financial aids program, several colleges and schools have specialized aids for consideration by prospective freshmen and for continuing students. Such is the case for the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.
Employment for Students
Academically able students can carry a full course load of 12 to 17 credits and work part-time. Generally, after adjusting to college life, students can work 10-12 hours per week without undue strain.
In fact, many students who work part-time earn better grades than students with no outside employment. A good schedule for work and study, and efficient use of available time are the keys to success for the working student.
All students seeking any kind of financial aid should work full-time during the summer unless it is necessary to attend summer school. Some full-time summer jobs offering the student valuable professional experience are available in several of the departments in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. Students may also find part-time jobs throughout the school year with these departments.
The Office of Student Financial Aid administers the federally-funded Work-Study Program for students who qualify, and operates a Student Employment Section to assist students (and spouses of married students) in locating jobs on the UW-Madison Campus and in the City of Madison. Students are urged to contact the Student Employment Office and avail themselves of its services.
Please keep the following facts in mind when using this agricultural scholarship list:
- One Scholarship application covers all of the awards listed. You do not apply for individual awards listed.
- You do not need to wait to hear from The Office of Undergraduate Admissions in regard to your acceptance to UW-Madison in order to apply for CALS Scholarships.
- The scholarship committee will verify your admission before sending offers.
- Many, but not all, scholarships are restricted to Wisconsin residents.
- Most scholarship awards are announced prior to the academic year, however, some do become available and are awarded during the year.
- Typically, one-half of the scholarship is awarded first semester and one-half second semester; contingent upon continued enrollment in the College and eligibility.
- With a few exceptions, scholarships are awarded on a one-year basis only. All interested students must submit a scholarship application by February 4, 2013 to be considered for the following year.
Graduate students interested in scholarships should contact their department and are also encouraged to fill out the CALS scholarship application through Scholarships@UW-Madison in Student Center. Other opportunities exist at Graduate Scholarships and Fellowships on the graduate student website.
For more information contact CALS Office of Undergraduate Programs and Services at 608.262.3003.