UW Colleges: the Affordable U for YOU!

The Lowest Tuition in the UW System


When you start or complete your degree at one of the 14 University of Wisconsin Colleges campuses, you'll save thousands of dollars with the lowest tuition in the UW System.


How does tuition at UW Colleges stack up against the rest of the UW System?

With the lowest tuition in the UW System, students attending a UW Colleges campus can save more than $2,900 per year compared with peers attending other UW schools. That saving jumps to nearly $25,000 a year when looking at private colleges in the state.

Not only will you save big by starting here, but by participating in our Guaranteed Transfer Program, you can seamlessly transfer into the four-year UW campus of your choice.

* Figures calculated using The University of Wisconsin System Tuition Schedule 2016–2017
** Source: Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities

Tuition Comparison chart for UW Colleges again University of Wisconsin schools: UW-Milwaukee, UW-Madison, UW-Green Bay, UW-Oshkosh, UW-Plateville, UW-Steven's Point

College is a big investment. How do UW Colleges students pay for school?

When you save thousands of dollars on yearly tuition, you can take out fewer loans. In fact, just 36 percent of UW Colleges students had to take out loans to pay for school. Compare that with the 54 percent of students taking loans at other UW institutions. When you take out fewer loans, it means less money to pay back later.

Student Loan Comparison Chart of UW Colleges and Other UW System Schools

What if I want to transfer?

If you're looking to transfer to a four-year UW school, there's no better place to start. You can start more than 200 majors & degrees and every UW Colleges campus offers the Guaranteed Transfer Program to any four-year university in the UW System.

Seventy-three percent of students that transfer to 4-year UW schools earn a bachelor's degree, the highest completion rate for transfer students in Wisconsin.

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Why should I be thinking about college?

Adults with a bachelor's degree earn on average nearly $1 million more over their lifetime than those with just a high school degree.

Adults with an associate degree make about $250,000 more on average over their lifetime than those with just a high school degree.

The unemployment rate for those with a just a high school diploma, or some college credits but no degree is around 5.2 percent. Compare that with an unemployment rate of 3.8 percent for those with an associate degree and 2.8 percent for those with a bachelor degree.

Sources: lifetime earnings from usgov.infoassociate degree earnings and unemployment rates.

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How can I estimate the costs?

Even though UW Colleges has the lowest tuition and fees in the UW System, paying for college still requires a lot of planning.

Use the net price calculator to calculate an estimated amount that students like you paid – after grant aid and scholarships but before student loans – to attend this institution in a given year.

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