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Financial information


Each precollege program at the University of Wisconsin–Madison sets tuition based on program costs and sponsorships. Please visit individual programs’ websites for details about fees and payment.

How to pay

Payment for summer programs will be made through the registration system. After you have been accepted into your program, a tuition balance will be added to your registration account. You may log on and pay at any time after acceptance. You will also receive a bill and instructions on how to pay for any remaining amounts ahead of each tuition deadline. GEM and PACE payments are all due by May 15, 2024. Summer Music Clinic payments are due by June 1, 2024. For all other programs, the first half of tuition is due on May 15, 2024 and the second half of tuition is due on June 1, 2024.


UW–Madison is pleased to offer assistance to youth who demonstrate financial need. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide scholarships to international students at this time. For questions on scholarships, please contact the director of your program or interest directly or email Badger Precollege at info@precollege.wisc.edu.

Applying for a scholarship

GEM program scholarships

If you are applying for Growing Early Minds (GEM), submit the GEM scholarship application. If you are eligible for free or reduced lunch at school, please also complete section 2 of the GEM scholarship application. You will need to have a school administrator sign the section, so please plan ahead and make sure to have the form signed before returning it to Badger Precollege.

PACE, STEP and high school program scholarships

If you are eligible for free or reduced lunch, submit the Wisconsin DPI Financial Aid Form.

If you are not eligible for free or reduced lunch, Badger Precollege offers a very limited number of need-based, partial scholarships. To apply for a need-based, partial scholarship, please submit the first page of the 1040 form of the most recent year’s tax return. If extenuating circumstances (i.e. loans, loss of employment) are not reflected on tax return but are affecting your family’s finances, please also submit a letter of explanation.

Scholarship deadlines

The deadline for all summer scholarship applications is April 1. Winter GEM scholarship applications are due January 10. Scholarships cannot be allocated to students who have not been admitted to a program.* As such, a student’s program application (including application fee and supporting documentation, such as their grade report, etc.) must be completed by the scholarship deadline.

*Application materials can still be submitted after the financial aid deadline, but the student will not be eligible for the aid.

Notification of aid

Families will be notified of scholarship decisions via written letter prior to the first tuition payment due date. Badger Precollege is committed to making an allocation of financial aid funds to allow the largest possible number of students to attend our programs. Families will be required to submit their intent to accept financial aid. Failure to do so by the deadline posted in your award letter may result in a loss of partial or full aid award.

Refund policy and schedule

The following refund policy information is applicable to all Badger Precollege summer programs. For refund information specific to the College Ready program, please visit College Ready @ Badger Precollege.

The application or registration fee is nonrefundable. Refunds may take up to eight weeks to process, starting from the time a written request is received by Badger Precollege.

Period Percent of Refund
Withdraw during the period of registration up to 1 month prior to first day of program 100% refund

Full refund will also be issued in the following cases regardless of date:

  • A course of choice is canceled.
  • All course choices are closed.
  • Financial aid is not adequate for participation.
  • Student injury or illness.
Withdraw during the period of one month prior to the first day of the program – two weeks before program start 90% refund

Nonrefundable 10% is used to cover class supplies, books, transportation, and administrative and teacher salary costs that were incurred during this period of program planning.

Withdraw during the period of two weeks before program start – opening day of camp 80% refund

Nonrefundable 20% is used to cover risk management fees, University Health Services fees, class supplies, books, transportation, and administrative and teacher salary costs that were incurred during this period of program planning

Other No refund

Students dismissed for disciplinary reasons are not eligible for any refund. Students voluntarily leaving while the program is in session are not eligible for any refund.

Cancellation Policy

Badger Precollege reserves the right to cancel classes when necessary, including those for which enrollment numbers are not sufficient, or those for which a highly qualified instructor is unavailable. In the case of course cancellations, we will be happy to help you choose an alternative course. If no acceptable alternative is available, we will refund any tuition paid, minus any non-refundable application fees or deposits.

Financial aid policies

Applications will be reviewed by the scholarship committee. All requests will be answered and maintained in confidentiality. As part of the application process, please remember:

  • Wisconsin students are given preference for scholarship aid, but it is available to everyone.
  • Applicants should first check with school officials to see if local monies are available for program costs.
  • Applicants should inquire about local financial support through businesses, service organizations, etc.
  • All materials supporting your application must be received no later than the financial aid deadline.
  • Applicants will be notified of awards before the first payment deadline.
  • Aid is determined by analyzing family income and extenuating economic circumstances according to the Income Eligibility Guidelines used by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s School Lunch Program.
  • Available funds for financial aid vary from year to year, and past aid awards may not be an indication of current available support.
  • Additional information (essay, interview, phone conversation, etc.) may be requested from students and/or families prior to notification of aid.