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Spring 2014 Frequently Asked Questions Related to Tuition & Fees, Room, and Meal Plan Charges

Q. When will tuition charges be reflected on my PAWS account?

A. If you have registered for classes, you will see tuition charges added approximately January 2. You can determine approximately how much your tuition charges will be prior to that by viewing the Spring 2014 Fee Facts, which is found on the Bursar Office website. http://www4.uwm.edu/bfs/depts/bursar/tuition/spring14.cfm

Q. How do I know if I have enough money to cover my costs?

A. Many students/families seem to be confused as to whether they have enough financial aid. You should have all the tools/numbers you need to answer this question. You should add your housing and tuition charges (look up tuition charges on the Bursar website until the actual are reflected on your PAWS account). Then subtract the financial aid you have been awarded for the semester. If the result is a positive number, you will need additional funds to pay your bill in full. Keep in mind this does not take into consideration books or other indirect costs you may incur.For assistance with this issue (budgeting), please visit the link on the Financial Aid Department website titled Estimated Cost of Attendance in the Financial Aid Basics section. If you determine you need additional financial assistance, you are encouraged to consider a PLUS Loan or a Private Alternative Educational Loan (please apply for the amount needed for the entire year). Details on these programs are found in the Loan area of same website. The 2013-2014 Financial Aid Handbook is required reading for all financial aid recipients and includes additional guidance.

Q. A portion of my room and meal plan charges are due January 15.  My fall tuition and fees plus the remainder of my room and meal plan charges are due January 15.  I'm not getting financial aid.  How much must I pay by January 15 to avoid having my schedule canceled?

A.  You must pay any charges on your PAWS account with a due date prior to January 15 plus at least $200 toward your spring 2014 tuition and fees no later than January 15 to avoid cancellation of your spring registration. Please contact the Bursar Office (tuition & fees) or Housing (room & meal plan) for further explanation. (Note: PAWS payments apply to the oldest charges first on your account.)

Q. I am getting financial aid but it it’s not enough to cover all of my fall tuition & fees and room and meal plan charges. I want to pay the balance due on the Installment Payment Plan. Do I need to make a payment by January 15?

A.  As long as you will receive a minimum of $200 in spring financial aid, you will be safe from cancellation of registration for non-payment. Your financial aid must appear on your PAWS account as anticipated aid; actual disbursement begins January 11.  Approximately January 20, outstanding eligible tuition & fees, room, and meal plan balances will begin to transfer to the Installment Payment Plan.

Q. I’ve applied for financial aid but it does not show up on my account yet. My aid should cover my tuition & fees plus my room and meal plan charges once I receive it. Do I have to make a payment by January 15?

A. If your financial aid does not show up as anticipated aid, you must pay any charges on your PAWS account DUE PRIOR to January 15 plus at least $200 by January 15 to prevent cancellation of your registration. Please contact the Bursar Office (tuition & fees) or Housing (room & meal plan) for further explanation.

Q. I plan to apply for financial aid but have not completed all of the paperwork yet. What should I do to avoid cancellation of spring classes?

A. You must pay any charges on your PAWS account DUE PRIOR to January 15 plus at least $200 by January 15 to prevent cancellation of your spring registration. This payment is required if your aid has not been awarded and does not show up as anticipated aid on your PAWS account or has not already disbursed. Please contact the Bursar Office (tuition & fees) or Housing (room & meal plan) for further explanation.

Q. I made my minimum $200 payment towards fees but when I dropped and added classes, my payment applied to my room/meal plan charges. Now my PAWS account shows I have not paid anything towards tuition & fees. Do I have to make another $200 payment to avoid cancellation?

A. Please contact the Bursar Office for further explanation.

Q. I have questions regarding the Installment Payment Plan. Whom may I contact for additional information?

A. Please contact the Bursar Office or visit the Bursar Office website.

Contact Information

Bursar Office: (414) 229-4914 bursar@uwm.edu

http://www4.uwm.edu/bfs/depts/bursar/

University Housing (414) 229-4065 university-housing@uwm.edu http://www.universityhousing.uwm.edu

Financial Aid (414) 229-4541 finaid@uwm.edu

http://www.financialaid.uwm.edu