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There’s nothing cheesy about a state that values higher education!

Several of Wisconsin’s college systems have worked together to develop an educational attainment goal called “60 Forward.” The plan aims to have 60% of Wisconsin residents aged 25-64 hold some type of postsecondary credential by the year 2027. While Wisconsin’s attainment rate is already above the national average, reaching that 60% will help secure the state’s economic future.

Goals like 60 Forward demonstrate just how committed the state of Wisconsin is to higher education.

Overview of Higher Education in Wisconsin

In Wisconsin there are 75 degree-granting institutions, according to a 2018-2019 report by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). Of these, 34 are public, 34 are private non-profit and 7 are private for-profit.

Many of the schools have formed state-wide alliances to offer support and share resources. Wisconsin’s Technical College System (WTCS) coordinates the efforts of 16 technical colleges throughout the state. The Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (WAICU) connects 23 private, non-profit institutions. And the University of Wisconsin (UW) System, one of the largest public education systems in the world, has 26 campuses and statewide extension locations.

The cost to attend college in Wisconsin is well below the national average. The NCES states that the average tuition and fees for a 4-year public institution in Wisconsin was $8697 for in-state students and $25,063 for out-of-state students.

Students who cannot find their chosen major at an in-state school don’t have to pay sky-high out-of-state tuition rates, though, thanks to Wisconsin’s participation in the Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP). The MSEP allows students to enroll at public schools in any of the 9 participating states for no more than 150% of the in-state tuition rate.

About Online Colleges in Wisconsin

In 2018, a report by the NCES showed 10.3% of undergraduate students in Wisconsin were enrolled in fully online degree programs, and another 17.9% were participating in some combination of online and on-campus classes. Those numbers continue to rise as universities increase their online offerings to meet the changing needs of college students.

Today, University of Wisconsin’s (UW) eCampus offers more than 150 online degrees and certificates, including online bachelor’s degrees in fields like Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Elementary Education, Information Technology, Marketing, and many other areas.

UW also offers a unique program that is even more flexible than typical online classes. Designed for busy adults, UW Flexible Option allows you to start any month, work at your own pace, and earn credit for knowledge you already have (from prior coursework, military training, on-the-job training, etc.). UW’s Academic Success Coaches personalize the lesson plans, which focus on competency rather than class time. Once you have demonstrated mastery in an area, you earn credit and move on to the next assessment, so no time is wasted. UW Flexible Option students earn the same recognized and respected UW degree credentials as traditional students who attend classes on campus.

Online learning opportunities are also available at the state’s private institutions.

Students at Marquette University have access to an online certificate and undergraduate program, plus several online graduate degree programs, including Business Administration, Corporate Communication, Supply Chain Management, Christian Doctrine, and Healthcare Data Analytics.

Scholarships and Financial Aid in Wisconsin

If you’re interested in earning a degree in Wisconsin, you should first complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

It’s important to complete the application even if you don’t believe you will qualify for need-based aid, because the FAFSA can give you access to federal, state and even school-based aid, including low interest loans, and may be required by the schools you apply to.

Oftentimes financial aid funds are distributed on a first come, first served basis, so you should apply as early as possible. The FAFSA is available starting October 1st of the year before you plan to attend college.

When you fill out the FAFSA, you will need to provide financial information for yourself and your parents (unless you’re considered “independent”). Your answers will help determine how much aid is offered to you.

As a Wisconsin resident, you have access to tremendous financial aid opportunities. Here are a few of the programs sponsored by your state:

There are also aid programs for students going into the teaching and nursing professions.

Another way to help pay for college is through scholarships. Private scholarships are awarded for all sorts of things – race, religion, gender, athletic or artistic abilities, unique talents, intended major, life experiences, etc. Scholarship search sites like make it easy to find scholarships. Just enter some basic information about yourself and the site will match you with dozens of scholarships you may be eligible for.

Here are some examples of scholarships available to students in Wisconsin:

Scholarship Name Details Scholarship amount
The Association of Wisconsin Snowmobile Club (AWSC) Scholarship Must be a member or child of a member of AWSC, and have passed a snowmobile safety course Multiple scholarships of varying amounts
Great Lakes Hemophilia Foundation Scholarships For students with bleeding disorders, or their family members Multiple scholarships of varying amounts
Wisconsin Bakers Association Scholarship For students pursuing a degree in a baking/pastry arts-related field that prepares candidates for a retail baking profession Multiple scholarships of varying amounts
Fredrich Memorial Scholarship For students in Walworth, Racine or Kenosha Counties who are pursuing education in agriculture (2) $1000
(1) $750

Finally, if you need additional financial aid, reach out to the school you have chosen. They may have additional programs available – both need and merit-based – and will work with you to make your education affordable.

List of Online Colleges in Wisconsin

Online Colleges in Wisconsin Location Annual Tuition Accreditation Application Fee
University of Wisconsin – Green Bay Green Bay, Wisconsin  $7,878  Regional  $50
Herzing University Brookfield, Wisconsin  $14,200  Regional  $0
University of Wisconsin – La Crosse La Crosse, Wisconsin  $9,091  Regional  $50
University of Wisconsin Madison, Wisconsin $5,159  Regional  $50
University of Wisconsin – Stout Menomonie, Wisconsin  $9,395  Regional  $50
University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee Milwaukee, Wisconsin  $9,493  Regional  $50
University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh Oshkosh, Wisconsin  $7,544  Regional  $50
University of Wisconsin – Platteville Platteville, Wisconsin  $7,484  Regional  $50
University of Wisconsin – Superior Superior, Wisconsin  $8,088  Regional  $50
University of Wisconsin – Madison Madison, Wisconsin $10,488  Regional  $50


The northern state offers top-notch schools with unique options to help working adults earn degrees, as well as generous financial aid programs to help make it all possible.

Wisconsin is an excellent place to further your education!

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Elizabeth Abner
WRITTEN BY Elizabeth Abner

Elizabeth is pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy in Foreign Policy and earned her master's degree in business administration. For her undergraduate studies, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a concentration in international business. Elizabeth's research is focused on universities offering online degree programs.