Paying for College

You Can Afford the Best

For the last decade, the average out-of-pocket tuition (tuition minus financial aid) at Wisconsin’s private, nonprofit colleges and universities has been under $6,000. The average out-of-pocket tuition in 2020-21 at these Wisconsin colleges was $4,236. With smaller classes, more personal attention from faculty, and a better chance of graduating in four years, why not consider a Wisconsin private, nonprofit college?


Think “Net,” Not “Sticker” Price

There can be a big difference between the published price of college tuition and what you ultimately pay. A Wisconsin private, nonprofit college financial aid package is designed specifically for your needs and can dramatically lower your costs. Subtract your financial aid award (grants and loans) from the tuition “sticker price” to find your actual “net” tuition. The average Wisconsin private, nonprofit college freshman financial aid package is made up of 77% grants and scholarships—money you won’t have to repay—instead of loans.

College Goal Wisconsin

The best way to ensure you receive aid is to ask. Financial aid professionals on campus are experts and are committed to helping you succeed. For a list of virtual and in-person workshop dates, visit


Financial Aid

Generous financial aid is what sets Wisconsin’s private, nonprofit colleges apart from other colleges and universities.


The key to receiving most financial aid is completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

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In 2020-21, the average out-of-pocket tuition at Wisconsin's private, nonprofit colleges and universities was $4,767. Students must also pay for books and room and board; these costs are comparable in the public and private, nonprofit sectors.