Advanced Opportunity Program

The information provided here applies to Academic Year 2019-20.

*Contingent Upon Funding

The Office of Graduate Studies at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh offers the Advanced Opportunity Program (AOP) grant.  The AOP which is funded by the State of Wisconsin, provides tuition assistance to graduate students of color and non-minority, economically disadvantaged graduate students. The AOP 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. The money awarded is a grant and does not have to be repaid.

Awards

  • Award amounts are variable according to funding eligibility. Graduate students receiving an AOP award are not excluded from other funding programs, however, receiving an AOP grant may require adjustment to other financial aid you've been awarded. Please check with the Financial Aid Office regarding how AOP will affect your total award package.
  • The following table shows the approximate awards for past academic years.  THESE AMOUNTS ARE INFORMATIONAL ONLY.  Past awards do not determine current and future awards.

Academic Year
Total Academic Year Award
(Disbursed between two semesters)
2019-2020 $4,921
2018-2019 $5,064
2017-2018 $5,116
2016-2017 $4,507
2015-2016 $3,189
2014-2015 $4,458
2013-2014 $4,273
2012-2013 $5,415
2011-2012 $3,930
  • Awards are competitive and funding is limited; therefore, not all eligible applicants can receive an award.
  • Applicants will be notified sometime between April 1st and before the start of the summer term if they're receiving an AOP award for the upcoming academic year. 
  • Please contact Greg Wypiszynski ( 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, financially 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.
  • The student has not exceeded the time to degree limit for their graduate program.
  • The student has met Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards for graduate students.

 

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 2019, fall 2019, and spring 2020). 
  • Successfully completed at least five graduate credits in the previous year (summer 2019, fall 2019, and spring 2020).  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, 2019. 
  • Enrolled in a minimum of 3 graduate degree credits in the next three semesters (summer 2019, fall 2019, and spring 2020).
  • Cumulative graduate GPA of 3.00 or better -OR- overall undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or better.


Application Process and Deadlines

The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is used as the AOP application and must be received by the March 15th before the upcoming summer/fall term for which a student is admitted.  The Graduate Studies Office receives the necessary FAFSA information from the Financial Aid Office so no additional application needs to be submitted.

AOP consideration may be given to applicants after March 15 if they:

  1. Have filed a FAFSA for the upcoming academic year.

  2. Are applying to a UW Oshkosh graduate degree program with a published, specific admissions deadline of May 1, 2019 or earlier.

  3. Have met all other AOP eligibility requirements.


Priority for Funding Based on Residency

  1. Wisconsin resident graduate students of color admitted to a UW Oshkosh graduate degree program.
  2. Wisconsin resident financially 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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