Advanced Opportunity Program

All AOP Awards have been disbursed for the 2015-16 academic year. The information provided here applies to Academic Year 2016-17.

*Contingent Upon Funding

The Office of Graduate Studies at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh offers the Advanced Opportunity Program (AOP) in support of the UW 2008 Diversity Plan. The AOP provides tuition assistance to graduate students of color and non-minority, economically disadvantaged graduate students. AOP is funded by the State of Wisconsin and is intended to allow graduate students of color and non-minority, economically disadvantaged graduate students to focus their attention on their graduate studies and to complete their degree programs in a timely fashion.

Awards

  • Award amounts are variable according to funding eligibility. Graduate students receiving an AOP award will not be precluded from other funding programs.
  • Awards are competitive and funding is limited; therefore, not all eligible applicants will receive an award.
  • Applicants will be notified by May 1, 2016 if they are receiving an AOP award. Applicants who are not notified by May 1, 2016 will not receive an AOP award. Please contact Marci Hoffman at with questions.
     

Eligibility

At the time of the FAFSA application:

  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Graduate students of color; priority for funding provided to (but does not exclude those who do not identify as):
    • African American or Black
    • American Indian or Alaskan Native
    • Hispanic/Latino
    • Cambodian, Vietnamese, Laotian, or Hmong
    • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
  • Non-minority, economically disadvantaged students
  • Full- and part-time graduate degree-seeking students in full standing in UW Oshkosh graduate degree programs. Does not include graduate "special," non-degree, guest or certificate-only students. Also, graduate students seeking a second graduate degree, or a post-master's degree emphasis within a UW Oshkosh graduate degree program are not eligible.
  • Student has not exceeded the time to degree limit for their graduate program.
  • Student has met Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards for graduate students.

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Additional eligibility criteria

Enrollment requirements (all applicants)

  • Recipients agree to use these funds only to meet expenses directly related to their graduate student enrollment at UW Oshkosh (tuition, books, supplies, etc.).
  • The award is paid in two equal installments. Recipients may choose to receive the two installments for summer, fall, or spring academic terms, as long as award eligibility is maintained.
  • Students must be registered for graduate degree credit in all terms that an award is applied.

Current UW Oshkosh graduate degree students

  • Admitted in full academic standing to a UW Oshkosh graduate degree program
  • Enrolled in a minimum of 3 graduate degree credits in the next three semesters (summer 2016, fall 2016, and spring 2017). 
  • Successfully completed at least five graduate credits in the previous year (summer 2015, fall 2015, and spring 2016).  Credits toward eligibility count as of the admission term, only. No prior credits will be accepted.

Newly admitted UW Oshkosh graduate degree students

  • Admitted in full academic standing to a UW Oshkosh graduate degree program by April 1, 2016. 
  • Enrolled in a minimum of 3 graduate degree credits in the next three semesters (summer 2016, fall 2016, and spring 2017).
  • Cumulative graduate GPA of 3.00 or better -OR- overall undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or better.

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Application Process and Deadlines

The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is the AOP application and must be received by March 15, 2016.

The UW Oshkosh Financial Aid priority file date is March 15, 2016. You may need to provide additional information to the Financial Aid Office if requested. Consideration may be given to applicants after March 15 if they:

  1. Have filed a FAFSA by March 15, 2016.

  2. Are applying to a UW Oshkosh graduate degree program with a published, specific admissions deadline if April 1, 2016 or earlier.

  3. Have met all other AOP eligibility requirements.

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Priority for Funding

  1. Wisconsin resident graduate students of color admitted to a UW Oshkosh graduate degree program.
  2. Wisconsin resident economically disadvantaged graduate students admitted to UW Oshkosh graduate degree programs.
  3. Nonresident graduate students who meet the same eligibility requirements as noted above.
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