Complete Your Application

Learn the steps you need to take to successfully apply for financial aid.
In this Section

1. Enroll at UW-Stout

You may apply for aid before being accepted for admission but you must be admitted to UW-Stout before you can receive any aid. Learn about how to apply to UW-Stout.

2. Complete the FAFSA

To apply for grants, scholarships, loans and work-study, you'll need to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA application collects the data needed to determine your eligibility for financial aid. All information submitted is confidential, and must be filed for each academic year. You can submit the FAFSA application online for free at For faster processing, apply for a Federal Student Aid ID (FSAID) at and sign your FAFSA electronically.

Priority filing deadline: please submit by March 15 prior to your first semester.

Are You Dependent or Independent?

When you are completing your FAFSA, you'll be asked specific questions to help the federal government determine whether you are dependent on your parents or independent. If any of the following statements are true, the student will be considered independent, and parents' financial information will not be utilized in determining eligibility. View Dependency Status for more information. 

Report All Assistance

You must report all outside sources of financial assistance, including scholarships and private loans, to the Financial Aid Office. Additional assistance may require an adjustment to your aid package.

Special Circumstances

There will be no place to report unusual circumstances on the FAFSA. Unusual circumstances should be reported in writing on one of the special circumstance forms to the Financial Aid Office directly. The Financial Aid Office has the ability to take into consideration recent loss of income, death of a family member, divorce or economic disaster.