Tuition and Financial Aid

Online Master’s Degree and Certificate Programs

Tuition for the online UW Extended Campus Applied Biotechnology master’s or certificate program is a flat fee of $850 per credit whether you live in Wisconsin or out of state, and financial aid is available for students who qualify.

There are no additional course or program fees*, however, textbooks are purchased separately and are not included in tuition. As this is an online program, you will not pay segregated fees (fees in addition to tuition that cover the cost of student-organized activities, facility maintenance, and operations) and you will not be charged a technology fee. If software or special technology is required in one of your courses, it will be provided to you and is included in your tuition.

*Please note UW-Madison charges an “official document fee”, in addition to application, tuition, and graduation fees.

Financial Aid

Financial aid may be available to you as a returning adult student and is awarded by your home campus (see below for an explanation of “home” campus).

Contact your home campus financial aid office for details:

Please check with your home campus regarding minimum credits required to qualify for financial aid as a full- or part-time student.

Ways to Pay for Your Degree

As a returning adult student, you may consider the following sources of financial aid to help with the cost of your online degree:

  • Grants—award is usually based on financial need. Grants, unlike loans, generally do not have to be repaid.
  • Scholarships—usually based on academic merit, financial need, or other criteria, awarded by a wide range of organizations. Scholarships do not need to be repaid.
  • Loans—a loan is money you borrow and must pay back with interest. Student loans are available from the federal government, private sources such as a bank or financial institution, or other sources. Federal student loans usually have lower interest rates than private loans, and offer flexible repayment plans.
  • Military benefits—aid available to eligible veterans and current members of the military.
  • Tuition reimbursement—a benefit offered by companies to their employees to help pay for education. Ask your human resources department if your company offers this benefit.
  • Education tax benefits—research possible tax benefits with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

Your first step when applying for federal and state financial aid is completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

What is a Home Campus?

The UW Extended Campus Applied Biotechnology master’s and certificate programs are a partnership of UW Extended Campus and UW-Green Bay, UW-Madison, UW-Oshkosh, UW-Parkside, UW-Platteville, UW-Stevens Point, and UW-Whitewater. Although you will take courses taught by faculty from all seven partner campuses, you will apply to a home campus. Your home campus is the institution from which you will receive financial aid (if you qualify), advising, career services, and your diploma. This is an online program, but your degree and transcripts will be identical to those earned by on-campus students.