Accredited Schools & Colleges in Wisconsin

Wisconsin College Guide – What You Need to Know

Best Online Colleges and Universities in Wisconsin

Currently, 25% of Wisconsin residents have earned a college degree. In an effort to increase that number, the University of Wisconsin launched its eCampus program which provides degree programs completely online. An arm of the program is the Flex Option. This facet of the program provides assessment testing for adults to test out of training in skills they have already been proven to master.

Working adults, many with children, need the luxury of a flexible learning environment. The best Wisconsin online programs offer career counseling and an online library. At the top of the list of top-rated online Bachelor’s degree programs are Maranatha Baptist University and the University of Wisconsin (UW).

The most highly rated UW eCampus locations are:

  • Stout
  • Green Bay
  • La Crosse
  • Stevens Point
  • Whitewater

What are the most popular bachelor's degrees offered in Wisconsin?

The most common fields of study chosen in Wisconsin colleges are:

How Much Can You Make by Having a Degree in Wisconsin

It’s difficult to measure the value of an education. Although many have found success without a college degree, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) consistently reports that degrees increase lifetime earnings. BLS data shows that a bachelor’s degree can increase average weekly earnings from $907 to $1,173, a 29% average increase.

Furthermore, BLS tracking shows that a Bachelor’s degree drops the average individual’s unemployment rate from 3.6 to 2.7%.

$27,040* $37,024* $43,472* $60,996* $72,852* $90,636*

Cost of Wisconsin College Education & Salaries

College Cost Analysis - Wisconsin vs National

Average Wisconsin Tuition and Fees at Four-Year Institution

The University of Wisconsin Board of Regents sets tuition prices and fee schedules. Fee recommendations are submitted by individual student bodies for Chancellor review, followed by approval by the Board of Regents. Tuition and fees are due at time of registration or students may be able to enter a credit agreement. UW Online Colleges, as with on-campus students, are considered full-time when registered between 12 and 18 credits. New students are also subject to non-refundable placement test fees as well as other new student fees.

Wisconsin Out-of-state - $24,354

Wisconsin Out-of-state – $21,327

Percentage of Students Receiving Financial Aid

Financial aid programs have made it possible for multitudes of undergraduate students to attend secondary institutions. Grants and loans are available for those proving financial need. The largest grant program is the Pell Grant. Federal loan programs are also available.

Federal grants were received by 46% of Wisconsin’s undergraduate students. That accounts for 80,894 Pell grants. Grants and loans combined accounted for 69% of the federal financial aid awarded in the University of Wisconsin (UW) system.

The State of Wisconsin also provides financial aid for students in the UW education system. Wisconsin state sources accounted for 8% of student aid in 2017. Institutions in the UW System provided 10% while 12% was acquired from private and other community sources.

On a national level, 85% of full-time students seeking a Bachelor’s degree attained financial aid. Public institution students received 83% while private nonprofit and for-profit schools received 89% and 87%, respectively. The number of students receiving financial aid has grown dramatically since 2001 and seems to be rising steadily.

Financial Aid Wisconsin Nationally
Received Federal Grants 37% 37.7%
Average $ per Recipient $9,490 $10,927

Best Scholarships for Wisconsin

Money is often a deciding factor for college-bound individuals. Postsecondary tuitions climb annually, increasing the financial pressure. Along with financial aid, national and state scholarships are available. Many public and private institutions in Wisconsin offer a variety of scholarship opportunities. Requirements are based on academic history, the field of study, family background, financial need, and other factors.

The following is a list of some of the best opportunities for college scholarships in Wisconsin.

  • KFC
  • WRA
  • GLHF
  • RLMS
  • WAES
  • ISAG
  • WCS


The Kohler Foundation Scholarships
Amounts: Up to $100,000 over 4 years
Deadline: March 1
The Kohler Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit, philanthropic organization that focuses on art preservation and supporting the performing arts in Sheboygan County, Wisconsin and beyond. The foundation awards two scholarships annually with a maximum award of $100,000 distributed over four years. The two scholarships are the Herbert V. Kohler Scholarship, awarded to a student based on outstanding leadership abilities and the Ruth DeYoung Kohler Scholarship for artistic ability. Eligible students must be county residents but are not required to attend a Wisconsin institution.



The WRA Education Foundation Scholarship
Amounts: $1,000 to $2,250 (35 Awards)
Deadline: April 1
The Wisconsin Restaurant Association (WRA) awards the WRA Education Foundation Scholarship. This scholarship is geared toward the hospitality industry and is awarded to students enrolled in a Wisconsin culinary or hospitality programs. Applicants must be enrolled, with a minimum of six credit hours, in a program focused on the restaurant and hospitality industries. Hospitality Management, Culinary Arts, Food Science, and others are acceptable, with a goal of entering the hospitality industry. Each year 35 scholarships are awarded to Wisconsin residents. Applications must include official high school transcripts and a letter of recommendation. It is preferred that the recommendation is written by a hospitality or food service professional or instructor.


The Great Lakes Hemophilia Foundations
Amounts: $250-$3,000
Deadline: March 15
The Great Lakes Hemophilia Foundation’s (GLHF) mission is to improve the quality of the lives of those diagnosed with bleeding disorders. GLHF offers programs that “educate, support and advocate” for those affected by these disorders, including family members. The Foundation awards scholarships to Wisconsin residents who suffer from bleeding disorders. Applicants must submit their high school transcripts along with three letters of reference, and a 500- to 750-word essay outlining their educational goals and summarizing the challenges they face from their disorder.



The Roma Lodge Merit Scholarship
Amounts: $4,000 (1 Award); $500 (3 Awards)
Deadline: March 30
The Roma Lodge is a fraternal organization. Members share an appreciation for their Italian heritage and the contributions of Italian-Americans to the nation. Roma Lodge awards four scholarships to children of Lodge members each year. Applicants must be graduating high school seniors that have been accepted for full-time college enrollment. Applications must include high school transcripts and SAT or ACT scores, along with two letters of recommendation from professionals.


The Wisconsin Academic Excellence Scholarship
Amounts: $2,250 per year for 4 years
Deadline: September 30
Earning the highest GPA in a Wisconsin private or public school entitles students the Wisconsin Academic Excellence Scholarship. One student is chosen from each high school in the state. Recipients must be accepted and attend a Wisconsin post-secondary institution to qualify; WI Technical College, University of Wisconsin, or other eligible institution within Wisconsin. Students must be enrolled by September 30th of the year awarded.


The Indian Student Assistance Grant
Amounts: $250 to $1,100
Deadline: Varies
Wisconsin residents with a high school diploma or equivalent who are of 25% or more Native American descent (or are members of a recognized tribe) are eligible for the Indian Student Assistance Grant. The grant, issued by the Higher Educational Aids Board, is available to both undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in colleges and universities, including tribal colleges, in the state of Wisconsin. Grants are distributed according to financial need and can be renewed for up to 10 semesters.


The Wisconsin Minority Undergraduate Retention Grant
Amounts: $250 to $2,500
Deadline: FAFSA Deadline
Wisconsin Minority Undergraduate Retention Grants are awarded to minority undergraduate students who are Wisconsin residents. Applicants must be African American, Native American, Hispanic, and Southeast Asian from Vietnam, Cambodia, or Laos. Grant amounts are issued according to financial need. Applicants must be enrolled at least half-time in an eligible Wisconsin postsecondary institution. These Retention Grants can be renewed for up to eight semesters.



The Wisconsin Women’s Alliance Foundation Scholarship
Amounts: Up to $1,000
Deadline: Varies
Female students, age 25 and older, who have been accepted to a Wisconsin college or university are eligible for the Wisconsin Women’s Alliance Foundation Scholarship. Recipients are chosen based on financial need, employment history, volunteer activity, and career goals. The number of recipients and monetary value varies annually, with a maximum of $1,000 awarded.


The Wisconsin Cattlemen’s Scholarship
Amounts: $500
Deadline: Varies (Previously Feb. 18)
The Wisconsin Cattlemen’s and Cattlewomen’s Scholarship (WCA) is awarded to graduating high school seniors accepted and planning to attend an eligible Wisconsin institution. The scholarship is available to Wisconsin residents who have some background in the beef, veal, or dairy industries. Preference is afforded to students planning to major in an agricultural field in a Wisconsin-based school and family members of WCA members. Several scholarships are awarded annually.