Tuition Billing and Payments
Students are billed at a per credit rate, so total tuition will vary depending on the number of classes a student chooses to enroll in. Full time students will enroll in a minimum of 6 credits per term for a total of 12 credits minimum to earn a certificate. They can enroll in a maximum of 8 credits per term, for a total of 16 credits maximum per certificate. Official rates are determined by the Board of Regents and University of Wisconsin-System and can be found on the Bursar’s Office website. The Farm and Industry Short Course Program provides a “Quad-State Resident” rate for students in Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, and Minnesota that is a reduction in the rate charged to non-resident students. Students from these states should refer to the “Minnesota” rate when looking at tuition costs.
Deadlines for payments can be found in the eBill once the student enrolls. Most students will be attending Orientation and enrolling on these days; tuition bills will be sent shortly after and tuition will be due in early October.
Several payment options are available to FISC students. Payment options can be found here: https://bursar.wisc.edu/student-tuition-account/payment-methods
Payment plans are available to FISC students as long as plan enrollment is complete by September 30th of the current year for the upcoming Fall term. The program is called BadgerPay.
- If students enroll in the payment plan option by 9/15, the student will be allowed 3 installments: 1/3 due at enrollment + a non-refundable $50 plan activation fee; 1/3 due on 10/1/2017 and the final 1/3 tuition due on 11/1/2017.
- If student enrolls in the payment plan option after 9/15, the plan will result in 2 installments: ½ of the tuition bill due upon enrollment + a non-refundable $50 plan activation fee followed by the final ½ installment due on November 1st. We have been notified of three available private lenders who will process loans for students working towards certificates in FISC. If you are working with a financial institution that will not support you in securing a loan while attending FISC, please seek out one of these opportunities as potential lenders:
*If students apply, they will almost definitely need a cosigner but it doesn’t need to be the parent.
**Please notify us so we are able to communicate with the appropriate University staff in order to answer questions thoroughly.
Housing Billing and Payments
Housing is billed through a housing reservation system which is a separate system then the enrollment and tuition system. The student will receive emailed billing statements from firstname.lastname@example.org. Students are billed twice, once for fall term and once for spring term.
Housing payments are billed by the term (fall or spring). The deadline for housing charges from the full term are due the Monday after the start of short course classes. Late payments are assessed to any unpaid housing charges.
For a more in-depth explanation of your UW housing bill, please refer to the Understanding Billing and Payment for housing at UW-Madison
Additional Funding to Cover Program Costs
There is some financial help available, including partial scholarships and short term loans through the Farm & Industry Short Course office.
Some students may encounter loan challenges with financial institutions surrounding securing financing for this program. We have provided a letter for your lender that you are encouraged and welcome to use. If you are applying for a loan, please notify us so we are able to communicate with the appropriate University staff in order to answer questions thoroughly.
Tuition Adjustment/Refunding Schedule
The date a course is dropped determines if a tuition refund will occur. The same applies if a student decides to withdraw from the program. Refer to the Academic/Billing Schedule & Deadlines page.
If a student stops attending a course(s) in which they enrolled without officially dropping the course(s) or withdrawing from the program, they are still responsible for payment of all tuition and fees for the course(s). Students must officially drops course(s) or withdraw from the program through their online “My UW” Student Center.
We recommend that students load money onto their Wiscard to pay for food. When you buy food with your Wiscard at University Housing dining facilities, you are exempt from sales tax and you get a 5% discount on the price of the food. The Wiscard can also be used to pay for other goods at locations across campus. For more information on dining hours, menus and how to apply monies to your Wiscard visit: www.housing.wisc.edu/dining.htm.
** Please note due to the length of the Short Course program students do not pay the dining membership fees thus are not considered University Housing residents.