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Tuition & fees

Earning your bachelor’s degree isn’t just an investment of time. It’s a financial investment as well. We’re committed not only to increasing access to a UW–Madison education but also to providing value and support to our students.

UW-Madison Online enrollment coach, Kayla Schween, talks potential students through tuition fees and scholarships that may be available.

Learn more about financial aid


Being a Badger from anywhere is easy. Tuition is $500 per credit hour. For UW–Madison Online, the tuition rate is the same for all students regardless of whether you are a resident of Wisconsin. Segregated fees do not apply but there may be additional other fees.

The UW–Madison Bursar’s Office maintains tuition and fee rates for the university. See more information on tuition rates.


UW–Madison Online students have a different fee structure and do not have to pay segregated fees. Two fees that all students, including online students, have to pay are the official document fee and new student fees. These are one-time fees, and the cost of these will be considered in the cost of attendance for the first semester of your financial aid package.

Online students should also be aware of the late-initial-enrollment fee and excess credit policy (>165) fee in order to avoid circumstances in which these fees would be charged.

Payment methods

The Bursar’s Office at UW–Madison accepts a variety of payment methods: online, mail, financial aid and veteran’s benefits.

Talk with your enrollment coach or learn more about payment options.

Two that may be of particular interest to UW–Madison Online students:

  • BadgerPay is a convenient method for paying the student account balance through regularly scheduled installments.
  • Third party billing is when a bill for tuition and fees is sent to a company, agency or department for payment. For example, if a student is participating in their employer’s tuition reimbursement program, the company can be billed directly for the student’s tuition and fees.

Cost of attendance

Your investment in education goes beyond tuition and fees. The Office of Student Financial Aid creates and maintains detailed cost of attendance (COA) tables. Cost of attendance can be used to help guide your financial planning and calculate your financial aid.