State Grants are a type of grant that are offered by the state of Wisconsin. Most State Grant programs are designed for new students attending college, where eligibility is determined by your financial need through the Wisconsin Higher Educational Aids Board.

Types of State Grants

There are the types of state grants that you may be eligible for.

  • Wisconsin Grant

    This State Grant provides grant assistance to Wisconsin-based undergraduate enrolled at least half-time in degree or certificate programs at Madison College. Award amount is determined by your financial need, and eligibility cannot exceed ten semesters.

    Eligibility Criteria: Must be enrolled at least half-time.

    Maximum Amount Awarded: Maximum and maximum awards set by HEAB, but minimum awards may not be less than $250.

  • Talent Incentive Grant (TIP)

    This State Grant offers aid to the most financially needy and educationally disadvantaged Wisconsin resident students attending Wisconsin-based colleges. First-time freshmen students can be nominated by Madison College’s financial aid office, or by counselors of the Wisconsin Educational Opportunity Programs. To continue receiving the benefits of this grant, students must continue to show financial need and eligibility cannot exceed ten semesters.

    Eligibility Criteria: At least half-time for first-time freshman.

    Maximum Amount Awarded: Minimum $600 for initial awards and $250 for continuing (minimum) awards. Maximum awards set by HEAB annually.

  • Minority Undergraduate Retention Grant (MURG)

    For Wisconsin-based minority undergraduates who are of financial need, excluding first year students. Students must be enrolled at least half-time in independent, tribal, or Wisconsin Technical College institutions. A minority student must identify as an African American; American Indian; Hispanic; or Southeast Asian from Laos, Cambodia, or Vietnam. Cannot exceed eight semesters.

    Eligibility Criteria: At least half-time, and not including the first year.

    Maximum Amount Awarded: Minimum award $250. Maximum award may be up to $2,500.

  • Indian Student Assistance Grant

    For Wisconsin residents who are least 25% Native American. To qualify, a student must be enrolled in a degree or certificate programs at eligible Wisconsin-based colleges and universities. Eligibility is based on financial need that does not exceed the limit of ten semesters.

    Eligibility Criteria: At least part-time (including less than half-time).

    Maximum Amount Awarded: Minimum award $250. Maximum award may be up to $1,100.

  • Hearing/Visually Impaired Student Grant

    For undergraduate Wisconsin residents with a severe or profound hearing or visual impairment. This program is offered to those who are enrolled at in state or eligible out-of-state public or independent institutions who are in financial need. Cannot exceed ten semesters.

    Maximum Amount Awarded: Minimum award $250. Maximum award may be up to $1,800.

  • Technical Excellence Scholarship (TES)

    This type of State Grant can be awarded to high school seniors who have the highest demonstrated level of proficiency in technical education subjects. Students who would like to be considered needs to be nominated by their school and to meet the eligibility requirements set by the Wisconsin Higher Educational Aids Board (HEAB).

    Eligibility Criteria: Must be enrolled full-time, and term to term ongoing enrollment.

    Maximum Amount Awarded: For Full Time tuition, the maximum amount can be up to $2,250.

  • Academic Excellence Scholarship (AES)

    This State Grant can be awarded to Wisconsin-based high school seniors who have the highest-grade point average in each high school in the State of Wisconsin. The total student enrollment determines the number of scholarships each high school is eligible for.

    To receive this scholarship, a student must be enrolled on a full-time basis by September 30th of the academic year, leading up to the academic year in which the student was enrolled at Madison College. The amount awarded is applied to the student’s tuition and eligibility cannot exceed 8 semesters.

    Eligibility Criteria: Must be enrolled full-time, and term to term ongoing enrollment.

    Maximum Amount Awarded: For Full Time tuition, the maximum amount can be up to $2,250.

Important Dates for Direct Loan Borrowers in Chronological Order

January 28 (4:30 pm) – Pell Recalculation Date for Spring 2022

February 23, 2022 – Online request form opens for summer financial aid coverage.

April 1 – Priority Deadline for 2022-2023 FAFSA. (Apply by this date to be eligible for the greatest amount/types of assistance.)

May 6 – Deadline to accept State Grants for Fall 2021 or Spring 2022

June 10 (4:30 pm) – Pell Recalculation Date for Summer 2022

June 30 – Deadline to have FAFSA filed to be eligible for Summer 2022 Financial aid

July 29 – Deadline for filing is July 29th, 2022.

July 31 – Deadline to submit Summer 2022 Financial Aid online request form

August 12 – Deadline to submit verification documents (your taxes, parent’s taxes, etc.) for the 2021-2022 year

September 9, 2022 (4:30 pm) - Pell Recalculation Date for Fall 2022

If you must submit additional documents (your tax information, parent/spouse's tax information, etc.) for Financial Aid Verification for the 2021-2022 year, you must do so by August 12, 2022.

Policies and Requirements for State Grants

For consideration of this scholarship, you must contact the Financial Aid Office at financialaid@madisoncollege.edu and provide any required documentation requested. The College will determine, based on documentation submitted, whether you meet the eligibility criteria.

Disbursement Information

We disburse funds to student accounts weekly, generally on Tuesdays. Some exclusions may apply. Funds are disbursed to accounts for which all documents have been received and processed.

No disbursement during the weeks between aid years (August 29, 2022 through September 9, 2022)

Steps After Receiving Award Offer Letter

  1. After receiving your Award Offer Notification in your student email, you will need to log into your myMadisonCollege account and accept or decline your awards. Awards include both the fall and spring semester, and you will need to accept enough for the entire aid year. The Financial Aid Office will automatically accept all grants and scholarships on the student’s behalf. Students will need to inform the Financial Aid Office if they wish to accept, decline, or change the amounts of their loan offers.
  2. Complete Entrance Counseling to better understand your responsibilities and obligations by borrowing student loans.
  3. Complete a Subsidized/Unsubsidized Master Promissory Note (MPN). The MPN is a legal document in which you are promising to repay your loan(s) and any accrued interest and fees to the U.S. Department of Education.
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