Wisconsin State Grants & Scholarships
Wisconsin Grant – Private, Non-Profit
The Wisconsin Grant is a need-based grant that provides grant assistance to undergraduate, Wisconsin residents enrolled at least half-time in a private, non-profit institutions within the State of Wisconsin. Grants are based on financial need and partially based on that portion of tuition in excess of UW-Madison tuition. The maximum grant amount is established annually by the Higher Educational Aids Board of Wisconsin (HEAB). Eligibility cannot exceed ten semesters, or in MSOE’s case, fifteen quarters. Students must complete the FAFSA to be considered for this grant.
Wisconsin Academic Excellence Scholarship
The Academic Excellence Scholarship is awarded to Wisconsin high school seniors who have the highest-grade point average in each public and private high school throughout the State of Wisconsin. Officials of the high school facilitate the awarding of the scholarship. The value of the scholarship is $2,250 per year, to be applied towards tuition. Half of the scholarship is funded by the state, while the other half is matched by MSOE. Eligibility must not exceed 12 quarters.
Talent Incentive Program Grant (TIP)
The Talent Incentive Program (TIP) Grant provides grant assistance to the most financially needy and educationally disadvantage Wisconsin resident students attending colleges and universities in the State of Wisconsin. First-time freshmen students are nominated for the TIP Grant by MSOE’s Financial Aid Office or by counselors of the Wisconsin Educational Opportunity Grant (WEOP). To continue to receive the TIP Grant, students must continue to show financial need. Eligibility cannot exceed fifteen quarters.
Minority Undergraduate Retention Grant
Grants under this program are made to Wisconsin resident minority undergraduates, excluding first year students, enrolled at least half-time in independent, tribal, or Wisconsin Technical College institutions. According to the statutes, a minority student is defined as a student who is either an African American, American Indian, Hispanic, or Southeast Asian from Laos, Cambodia, or Vietnam. Grants are based on financial need with a maximum grant of $2,500 per year for up to twelve quarters. Funding for this program is limited so eligible students should complete the FAFSA and contact MSOE’s Financial Aid Office in order to be added to the wait list.
Hearing & Visually Handicapped Student Grant
The Handicapped Student Grant Program was established to provide funding for undergraduate Wisconsin residents, enrolled at in-state or eligible out-of-state public or independent institutions who show financial need and have a severe or profound hearing or visual impairment. Students are eligible to receive up to $1,800 per year for up to fifteen quarters. To apply, students must complete a FAFSA as well as the Hearing & Visually Handicapped Student Grant Application.
Indian Student Assistance Grant
Awards under this program are made to Wisconsin residents who are at least 25% Native American and are undergraduate or graduate students enrolled in degree or certificate programs at University of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Technical College, independent colleges and universities, tribal colleges, or proprietary institutions based in Wisconsin. Awards are based on financial need with a limit of fifteen quarters of eligibility. To apply, students must complete a FAFSA as well as the Indian Student Assistance Grant Application.
Wisconsin Nursing Loan
The Nursing Student Loan Program provides loans to Wisconsin resident undergraduates or graduate students who are enrolled at least half-time at an eligible in-state institution that prepares them to be licensed as nurses, either RN or LPN. For each of the first two years the student works as a nurse or nurse educator in Wisconsin and meets the eligibility criteria, 25% of the loan is forgiven. The balance remaining after forgiveness must be repaid at an interest rate of 5%. If the student does not work as a nurse or nurse educator and meet the eligibility criteria, the loan must be repaid at an interest rate of 5%. In order to receive a loan, students must be Wisconsin residents and enrolled at least half-time in a program that prepares them to be licensed as nurses (either RN or LPN) at an eligible Wisconsin college or university. Both undergraduates and graduates are eligible. The student who participates in this program must agree to be employed as a licensed nurse in Wisconsin. MSOE receives a limited allocation of funds for the Nursing Student Loan program, not all students who meet basic eligibility requirements for the loan will be able to receive loan funds. For additional information regarding eligibility requirements, criteria for selection, amounts awarded, and application procedures please visit the following Wisconsin Higher Educational Aids Board website: http://www.heab.state.wi.us/programs.html#loans. Students wishing to be considered for this program can join the wait list by contacting the Financial Aid Office.
Department of Vocational Rehabilitation Training Grant
Students who believe they may be eligible to receive a Department of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) Training Grant must first file the FAFSA, then contact their nearest DVR office. Students will work with a DVR counselor to complete a DVR Training Grant Information Form. DVR will forward this form to MSOE’s Office of Student Financial Aid for completion. The maximum DVR Grant that can be received is determined by the DVR office. Grade reports must be provided to the DVR counselor each term. Visit https://dwd.wisconsin.gov/dvr/default.htm for details.
To learn more about financial aid programs from the State of Wisconsin Higher Educational Aids Board, please visit www.heab.state.wi.us.