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How much does it cost to attend?

In State Wisconsin Resident Sticker Price
In State Costs for University of Wisconsin Madison
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,150
Other Fees$1,469
Room and Board $12,200
Other Expenses Budget$3,066
Out of State Resident Sticker Price
Out of State Costs for University of Wisconsin Madison
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,150
Other Fees$1,469
Room and Board $12,200
Other Expenses Budget$3,066

Residents of Wisconsin pay an annual total price of $27,158 to attend University of Wisconsin Madison on a full time basis. This fee is comprised of $9,273 for tuition, $12,200 room and board, $1,150 for books and supplies and $1,469 for other fees.

Out of state residents are charged a total cost of $55,046 which is 102.7% higher than Wisconsin residents. The tuition charge is $37,161 while room and board is $12,200, books and supplies are $1,150 and other fees come in at $1,469.

All price data is sourced from the 2020/2021 U.S. Department of Education National Center for Education Statistics survey.

Net Price

Net price is indicative of what it actually costs to attend University of Wisconsin Madison when typical grants and scholarships are considered. The net price varies by family income and financial need.

Average Net Price 2019/2020
Net Price by Income University of Wisconsin Madison
Family Income Net Price Paid
$0 to $30,000$3,981
$30,001 to $48,000$4,788
$48,001 to $75,000$10,364
$75,001 to $110,000$22,377

The average reported annual net price for University of Wisconsin Madison for students receiving grants or scholarship aid was $14,030 in 2019/2020. Net price includes tuition and required fees, books and supplies, and average cost for room and board and other expenses

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Financial Aid

50% of full-time undergrad University of Wisconsin Madison received financial aid in the form of grants, scholarships, fellowships from the institution or from Federal, State or local government agencies. This aid averaged $10,071 per student during the 2019/2020 school year. Grant and scholarship aid does not need to be paid back. 25% of students received Federal Student Loans averaging $5,138 and 6% of undergrads took out private student loans averaging $15,710.

Finanical Aid University of Wisconsin Madison
Type Avg./Student Students Receiving
Total Grant and Scholarship Aid $10,071 50%
Institutional Grants and Scholarships $11,630 31%
Pell Grants $4,753 14%
Other Federal Grants $1,175 9%
State and Local Grants $2,630 14%
Federal Student Loans $5,138 25%
Other Student Loans $15,710 6%

Student Loans

To gauge a more realistic picture of what it may really cost you out of pocket to go to University of Wisconsin Madison, we've modeled a ten year student loan with an original principal value of $59,760. The loan balance of $59,760 is a four year multiple of the $14,940 average net price. This is a estimate of what you could owe upon graduation if you were to qualify for average financial aid and what a degree really may cost. Should you not qualify for financial aid, you may owe significantly more when you graduate. Based on these assumptions, a monthly repayment of $570 could be required to satisfy your student loan.

Please note that financial aid is not guaranteed and is only available for qualifying students. Federal Student Loans are not grants and must be repaid with interest. The current Stafford loan interest rate is 2.75%.

Example Loan $59,760
Stafford Loan Interest Rate 2.75%
Time to Pay Off Student Loan 10 years
Example Monthly Payment $570.18
Total Interest Paid $8,661.16
Sum of All Loan Payments $68,421.16

Projected 4 Year Degree Price

4 Year Sticker Price
Year Wisconsin Residents Non Residents
1 $27,158 $55,046
2 $29,059 $58,899
3 $31,093 $63,022
4 $33,270 $67,434

Based on published tuition prices, we estimate the current cost of a 4 year bachelor's degree and living expenses at University of Wisconsin Madison to be $108,632 - assuming graduation in normal time. The estimation assumes a 7% annual increase over the next 4 years which is the national trend.

Credit Hour Cost and Price per Class

Credit Hour and Class Costs at University of Wisconsin Madison
Price Per Credit 3 Credit Class 4 Credit Class
Wisconsin Residents $386 $1,158 $1,544
Out of State Residents $1,548 $4,644 $6,192

Estimated cost for a class at University of Wisconsin Madison based on published credit hour prices. Note that not all schools allow single class enrollment. These prices should be used for comparison purposes as to how much it may cost to take a class at University of Wisconsin Madison versus other colleges.

Tuition Payment Plans Available

University of Wisconsin Madison Payment Plans
Tuition Payment Plan No
Prepaid Tuition Plan No
Alternative Tuition Plan No
Guaranteed Tuition Plan No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=240444 IPEDS survey data for University of Wisconsin Madison.