In accordance with federal regulations set forth by The Higher Education Act of 1965 (amended in 1998), below is a summary of consumer information that must be made available to all students at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. If you need assistance obtaining information listed, contact the Financial Aid Office.
Costs of Attending the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
For actual tuition and fee charges, contact:
For estimated tuition and fees, books and supplies, room and board, and personal/miscellaneous expenses, contact:
Fee Refund Policy
The university fee refund policy stipulates the amount of fees that are refunded to students as of the date of official drop or withdrawal from all classes during a term. This policy is found for undergraduates on the Undergraduate Bulletin 2009-2011 webpage (Fees and Financial section – Fee Refunds). This policy is found for graduate students on the School of Graduate Studies 2010-2012 Bulletin.
Withdrawal is a complete severance of attendance from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. Students withdrawing from all of their classes at the university must notify the Registrar’s Office and follow specific withdrawal procedures outlined by the Registrar. The undergraduate withdrawal procedures are listed on the Undergraduate Bulletin 2009-2011 webpage (V. Course and Academic Policies – Topic E. Withdrawal from the University). The graduate withdrawal procedures are listed on the School of Graduate Studies 2010-2012 Bulletin webpage. For more information, contact the Registrar’s Office.
Repayment Policy (Return of Titan IV Aid)
The federal government requires that sufficient information be provided for a student or prospective student to be able to determine the financial consequences of withdrawing, and how to officially withdraw. Students should be able to estimate what they have “earned” in federal student aid (federal “Title IV” grant and loan assistance) up to the time of withdrawal. Funds that were disbursed in excess of the earned amount must be returned by the University and/or the student to the federal government. The repayment policy is available on the Undergraduate Bulletin 2009-2011 webpage (Fee Refunds — Federal Financial Aid Return Policy for Withdrawals) and from the Student Accounts Office, located at 236 Dempsey Hall, 800 Algoma Blvd., Oshkosh, WI 54901, Tel: (920) 424-1332.
Note: The Financial Aid Office will also cancel financial aid if a student fails to attend the required minimum number of credits to be eligible for financial aid.
Descriptions of Academic Programs
The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh offers 57 majors and more than 100 minors for undergraduate students and emphasis in four undergraduate colleges. For a complete listing of available majors and minors, please visit the Undergraduate Advising Resource Center Web site. For graduate programs, visit the Office of Graduate Studies website.
Instructional Facilities and Labs
Information on the University’s instructional facilities, laboratories and academic resources is available from various colleges, individual departments and programs. See the following links for more information:
Information on the University’s faculty and instructional personnel is available on the Undergraduate Bulletin 2009-2011 webpage (Faculty and Academic Staff section) and the School of Graduate Studies 2010-2012 Bulletin.
Students may review copies of documents regarding entities that accredit, license or approve the institution and its programs. The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Higher Learning Commission, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, Illinois 60602-2504, Tel: (800) 621-7440, Web: www.ncahigherlearningcommission.org. Contact the Office of the Provost to review the accreditation documents: 800 Algoma Blvd, Dempsey Hall, Rm 335, Oshkosh, WI 54904, Tel: (920) 424-0300. For accreditation information for the various UWO schools/colleges, contact the schools/colleges directly; see the 2009-2011 Undergraduate Bulletin and the 2010-2012 Graduate Studies Bulletin.
Satisfactory Academic Progress
Good Academic Standing (Satisfactory Academic Progress) is the term used to denote a student’s successful completion of course work toward a certificate or degree. Academic standing requirement for undergraduate students is found on the Undergraduate Bulletin 2009-2011 (Academic Policies IV. Courses, Grades and Academic Standards section – I. Good Standing Requirements). Academic standing requirement for graduate students is found on the School of Graduate Studies 2010-2012 Bulletin (Graduate Studies Academic Policies). Please note that individual programs may have additional academic standards; list of academic and certification programs is available here.
Undergraduate students who receive financial aid assistance are required by federal regulations to maintain satisfactory academic progress. This progress is measured by 2 standards:
- Qualitative Requirement: Students must earn and maintain a grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher. This requirement is consistent with the Academic Standards established by the University.
- Quantitative Requirement: Students must complete a minimum number of credits per semester
Services for Disabled Students
For information on programs and services for disabled students, contact:
- Disability Services of the Dean of Students Office
800 Algoma Blvd.
125 Dempsey Hall
- Phone: (920) 424-3100, TTY: (920) 424-1319, Fax: (920) 424-2405
- Web: www.uwosh.edu/dean/disabilities
Overview of Financial Aid Programs
Rights and Responsibilities of Aid Recipients
Continued Eligibility for Aid
Satisfactory Academic Progress
This is the term used to denote a student’s successful completion of course work toward a certificate or degree. Students must maintain specific academic progress requirements to be eligible for financial aid, click here for information.
Method and Frequency of Disbursements
Financial aid is disbursed (released) to students in different ways depending on the type of aid and other factors. Undergraduate students must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 credits for Federal Stafford Loans, and Graduate Students must be enrolled in 4.5 credits for aid to disburse.
According to the Federal Trade Commission, perpetrators of financial aid fraud often use the following lines to sell their scholarship services; students should avoid any scholarship service or website that says the following:
- "This scholarship is guaranteed or your money back."
- "You can’t get this information anywhere else."
- "I just need your credit card or bank account number to hold this scholarship."
- "We’ll do all the work."
- "This scholarship will cost some money."
- "You’ve been selected by a ‘national foundation’ to receive a scholarship" or "You’re a finalist" in a contest you never entered.
If you believe you’ve been the victim of scholarship fraud, wish to file a complaint or want more information, call 1 (877) FTC-HELP or see www.ftc.gov/scholarshipscams. On November 5, 2000, Congress passed the College Scholarship Fraud Prevention Act to enhance protection against fraud in student financial assistance by establishing stricter sentencing guidelines for criminal financial aid fraud.
The UW Oshkosh retention and graduation rates after four and six years for the freshman class is published information. These rates are for degree-seeking full-time, first-year undergraduates who have graduated from their programs within 150% of the normal time for graduation. This information is available from the Office of Institutional Research, 308 Dempsey Hall, 800 Algoma Blvd., Oshkosh, WI 54901, Tel: (920) 424-2184.
Campus Safety and Security
The primary goal of the UW Oshkosh Police Department is to provide a safe environment conducive to personal growth and educational development. In order to accomplish this goal, the department currently has a staff of eleven sworn personnel including the Chief of Police, Lieutenant, Patrol Sergeant and eight Patrol Officers. The Department also employs two full time Police Communications Officers and varying numbers of part-time student employees as Community Service Officers.
In accordance with the Campus Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990 and recent amendments known as the Cleary Act and associated amendments to the higher Education Act, UW Oshkosh provides information relating to crime statistics and security measures to prospective students, enrolled students and employees. The UW Oshkosh Police Department submits an annual report on crime statistics to the State of Wisconsin and to the Federal Department of Education. You can view the report, as well as topics on campus safety and crime prevention online at www.uwosh.edu/up/reports-statistics
UW Oshkosh Police Department
(920) 424-1212 – Emergency, (920) 424-1216 - Non-Emergency, (920) 424-0128 - Fax
Federal Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
In carrying out their assigned responsibilities, many offices at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh collect and maintain information about students. Although these records belong to the University, both University policy and federal law accord students a number of rights concerning these records. The Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), establishes the rules and regulations regarding access to and disclosure of student records.
To fulfill FERPA requirements, the University has established policies on student records. These policies outline a student’s rights regarding his/her records, where records about the student may be kept and maintained, what kinds of information are in those records, the conditions under which the student or anyone else may have access to information in those records, and what action a student can take if it is believed that the information in his/her record is inaccurate or that the student’s rights have been compromised. The policies on student records are published by the Office of Student Affairs. FERPA is listed under the Policies and Procedures heading. You can also contact Student Affairs, (920) 424-4000.
Student Rights and Responsibilities
You have the right to ask a school…
- The names of its accrediting or licensing organizations.
- About its programs; its instructional, laboratory, faculty and physical facilities.
- What the cost of attendance is, and what the policy is on refunds for students who drop classes or withdraw.
- What financial assistance is available, including information on all Federal, State, local private and other institutional financial aid programs.
- What the procedures and deadlines are for submitting application for each available financial aid program.
- What criteria it uses to select financial aid recipients.
- How it determines your financial need. This process includes how costs for tuition and fees, books and supplies, transportation, personal and miscellaneous expenses are considered in your cost of education. It also includes how resources (such as parental and student contributions and other financial aid) are considered in calculating your financial aid.
- How much of your financial need, as determined by the institution, has been met by financial aid funds.
- How and when you will be paid financial aid.
- To explain each type and amount of assistance in your financial aid award offer.
- What the interest rate is on any student loan you may borrow, the total amount you must repay, the length of time you have to repay, when you must start repayment, and what cancellation or deferment provisions apply.
- If you are offered a Work Study job, what kind of job is it, what hours must you work, what your duties will be, what the rate of pay will be, and how and when you will be paid.
- To reconsider your aid award if you believe a mistake has been made, or if your enrollment or financial circumstances change. How the school determines whether you are making satisfactory academic progress, and what happens when you aren't.
- What special facilities and services are available to students with disabilities.
- Information on campus safety and crime statistics (available through the University Police Department).
It is your responsibility to…
- Review all information about a school’s program before you enroll.
- Pay special attention to your application for financial aid. Complete it as completely and totally as possible. Submit it on time and to the right place. Errors can delay or even prevent you from receiving financial aid.
- Know and comply with all deadlines for applying or reapplying for aid.
- Provide all additional documentation, verification, corrections and/or new information requested by the Office of Financial Aid or the agency to which you submitted your application.
- Read, understand and keep copies of all forms that you are required to sign.
- Repay any student loans that you have. When you sign a promissory note, you have made a contractual agreement to repay your loan.
- Participate in the entrance and exit counseling processes at your school if you have any federal student loans.
- Notify your school of a change in your name, address or attendance status. If you have a loan, you must also notify all current and prior lenders of these changes.
- Satisfactorily perform the work agreed upon in a work-study job.
- Understand important school policies that affect you: refund policy, satisfactory academic progress policy and changes to financial aid if you drop classes or withdraw (officially or unofficially).
All UW Oshkosh students are responsible for upholding the community standards expressed in the UW Oshkosh Student Handbook, which sets forth standards of on-academic conduct by students and the judicial process for resolving complaints of alleged violations of the standards. The Student Handbook is available online or contact Jean Kwaterski in the Office of Student Affairs, (920) 424-4000.
UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN OSHKOSH POLICY CONCERNING AFFIRMATIVE ACTION AND EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY (41 CFR 60-2.20)
Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action is a legal, social and economic responsibility of the University. Accordingly, the University is subject to various federal and state laws and rules, including policies that are established by the University of Wisconsin System, relating to Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity. [Note: A partial listing of these laws includes the following: The Equal Pay Act of 1963, as amended; Title VI of the Civil Rights Act; Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, as amended; Section 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended; Executive Order 11246, as amended; Executive Order 28; Section 402 of the Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974; Chapters 36 and 230 of the Wisconsin Statutes. Please note that Executive Orders from the Governor of the State of Wisconsin , directives from other state agencies, and other miscellaneous rules, policies, and guidelines of the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System are also applicable.] The policies, practices and procedures of the University, as implemented at all levels, assures the active and positive implementation of federal and state Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action laws, executive orders, rules and regulations and policies and guidelines of the University of Wisconsin System
Office of Equity & Affirmative Action, Dempsey Hall, Room 211, (920) 424-2296
Subject to Change
Because of the nature of federal, state, and institutional guidelines affecting financial aid programs, the information contained in this website is subject to change.