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The Fund for Wisconsin Scholars provides grants that open the door to a better world, helping ensure that higher education is accessible and affordable, and that degree completion is achieved. We provide need-based grants* to recent graduates of Wisconsin public high schools. Grants are 'gift' aid; they do not have to be repaid.

There is no application process. FFWS recipients are randomly selected from a group of eligible students.

To be initially eligible, one must:

  • be a resident of Wisconsin
  • have been a full-time, resident student in a Wisconsin public school for four semesters prior to graduation
  • have received a Wisconsin public high school diploma or HSED within the past three years
  • be under the age of 21 years at initial eligibility
  • be in a first degree program unless moving from/to an associate degree or to a bachelor’s program
  • be enrolled full time in a UW System college or university based in Wisconsin
  • be a PELL recipient
  • have remaining unmet financial need


Students may continue to receive FFWS grants for up to ten semesters if:

  • student’s college enrollment at a UW college or university or WTCS college is full time and continuous
  • enrollment does not exceed six semesters in a WTCS or a UW college
  • adequate academic progress is being made with degree completion expected
  • student’s school continues to follow the grant process
  • FAFSA is completed
  • student has remaining unmet need


*Eligibility for need-based grants is determined using the data from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA may be filled out and submitted online at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov. Paper copies of the FAFSA are available from college and university financial aid offices and high school guidance offices.