The College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) manages FISC’s robust scholarship and loan programs. Funding opportunities have been provided by generous donors who are interested in assisting FISC students with their educational goals and career aspirations.
We have numerous internal and external options to cover all or most of your tuition, fees, and housing costs.
Type of Support: varied scholarship amounts
- Only requirement is to complete the application
What is it? Pays a significant portion of the cost of attendance. Can be applied towards tuition and fees.
How to Apply: After submitting your FISC program application, you’ll receive information on how to apply for these opportunities.
Type of Support: 100% Tuition & Fees scholarship
- Active duty, veterans, reservists, National Guard Members, and dependents
What is it? State and federal educational benefit programs to cover 100% of tuition costs. There is also support for covering housing and other educational costs.
How to Apply: Contact University Veteran Services at email@example.com or 608-265-4628.
As an accredited college program, FISC students are eligible for many scholarships within the agricultural industry and beyond. Consider the following scholarships available to FISC students:
- Dairy Farmers of Walworth County Scholarship
- DHI Foundation Polk-Burnett Fund Group Scholarship
- East Central/Select Sires
- Carleton A. Friday Scholarships and Kenneth G. Weckel Scholarships
- The Freddie Gage, Jr. Memorial FFA Matching Scholarship Program
- Wisconsin Holstein Association Scholarship
- WI Governor’s Livestock Association Blue Ribbon Scholarship
- Compeer Financial Scholarship
Students have also found success by approaching organizations in their local area (e.g., Jaycees, Elks, rotary clubs, religious groups, producer organizations). Consider asking your parent or guardian if their employer provides college scholarships and/or grants to their employee’s children.
Type of Support:
Institutional Loans, Emergency Short Term Loans (CALS), Commercial Loans
Who’s eligible for Institutional Loans:
- FISC Students who submit a FAFSA and are not recipients of FISC Tuition Promise (FTP) or National Farmworkers Jobs Program (UMOS)
What is it? A loan through the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Since the duration of FISC is shorter than a regular academic year and does not lead to an undergraduate degree, federal financial aid is not available; however, institutional aid may be available.
How to Apply: Contact Vera Abing in the Office of Financial Aid – firstname.lastname@example.org or (608) 262-4987
Who’s eligible for Emergency Short-Term Loans(CALS):
What is it? A six month interest free loan of up to $1,500. After six months, interest fees become effective on loan payments. Applicants receive information on loan repayment at the time the loan is approved.
How to Apply: Those who intend to make a request for our CALS short-term loan, must appear in person to 116 Agricultural Hall and, in addition to basic information, be able to provide the following on the loan application:
- Campus ID
- Social Security Number
- Driver’s License Number
- Two References, including Name, Address, and Occupation
- Source of Repayment
- Employer’s Name and Address, if applicable
Who’s eligible to apply for Commercial Loans:
What is it? Commercial banks such as Sallie Mae Smart Options Loan or Sallie Mae Parent Loan found at www.salliemae.com, UW Credit Union private student loan found at www.uwcu.org, or Wells Fargo Collegiate Loan found at www.wellsfargo.com help students secure funds for education. A co-signer will likely be required. We have prepared a letter for your conversation with your lender.