Thanks to the Margaret and Allard Smith Scholarship Fund, we are able to provide Continuing Education Grants to support returning adult students at UW-Madison.
Grants are available for the fall, spring, and summer terms. The minimum grant is awarded for $500. An individual may receive the grant a maximum of 2 terms.
Fall term: July 1st
Spring term: Nov 1st
Summer term: May 1st
Apply for the CE grant at Wisconsin Scholarship Hub (WiSH).
Access the CE grant application through Wisconsin Scholarship Hub (WiSH). Sign in (upper right-hand corner) and complete the general application. The CE grant will be a recommended opportunity if you select “yes” on the question about a 5 year gap in education.
Once you begin the formal online application, you may save it and return to it at any time before submitting a completed application. All information submitted must be accurate and will remain confidential. You will receive an acknowledgement email after your application is submitted.
Auditors, dissertators and full-time degree students are not eligible for the grant.
- Returning adult student: Applicants must be returning adult students planning to enroll in a course for credit (auditors not eligible) at UW-Madison.
- Note: You must be admitted to UW-Madison as an undergraduate, graduate, or special student to be considered for the grant. If you have not yet been admitted learn more about admission as a UW-Madison student.
- Gap in education: Applicants must have had a significant (5 or more years) break in their formal education. This includes the break between completion of high school and initial enrollment in college or during college study. It can be a cumulative, even if not consecutive, break in education as long as the total equals 5 or more years.
- Clearly stated educational goals
- Not eligible for state or federal financial aid (including veterans’ benefits)
- Financial need
- Audited courses, UW-Extension courses, correspondence, or study at another institution
- Textbooks or other course materials
- Nonresident tuition — only in-state tuition is covered by the grant; nonresident grant recipients must pay the difference between resident and nonresident tuition
The review process is holistic. Recipients will be selected based on financial need, clearly expressed educational goals, and the presence of a significant break in formal education.
- For students awarded the grant, funds are applied toward your in-state tuition after your enrollment is finalized.
- The grant covers only tuition and segregated fees – Official Document Fee, Late Enrollment Fee, or other fees are not covered.
- Check your Student Tuition Account via your MyUW Student Center and pay the tuition/fee balance by the deadline listed to avoid a late payment fee.
- For specific deadline dates please see the Enrollment Information for the current term on the Office of the Registrar’s web page.
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