Financial Information

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Program Costs

All program applications must be accompanied by the nonrefundable application fee before they can be processed.

Program Application Fee
ALP non-credit $60
GEM $30
PACE $30
STEP $60
YSSP $60

2019 Tuition Rates

If admitted to the program, the first half of tuition is due by May 13, 2019. Second half of tuition is due by June 3, 2019.

Program and Student Type Early Bird Tuition: Applications submitted Jan 3–Mar 1 Regular Tuition: Applications submitted Mar 2–Apr 30
ALP non-credit Residential Student $2,850 $2,900
ALP non-credit Commuter Student $1,950 $2,000
ALP non-credit International Student $3,600 $3,650
STEP Residential Student $1,950 $2,000
STEP Commuter Student $1,250 $1,300
STEP International Student $2,400 $2,450
YSSP Residential Student $1,000 $1,050
YSSP Commuter Student $650 $700
PACE Student $390 $410
GEM Student – Winter Session $230 n/a
GEM Student – Summer Full-Day Session $330/session $350/session
GEM Student – Summer Session Morning Only $230/session $250/session

For-credit Tuition

Program and Student Type Program Tuition
ALP for-credit WI Resident $4,200
ALP for-credit MN reciprocity $4,700
ALP for-credit Nonresident $7,500
ALP for-credit International $7,600

Residential student tuition includes room and board, all books, materials, supplies, lab fees, and residential activity materials.

Commuter student tuition includes all books, materials, supplies, lab fees, evening activity materials, and daily lunch.


How to Pay

Pay Online

Once accepted to the program, you will receive an email with a link that will connect you to the online payment portal.

Pay By Check

Checks should be made out to UW–Madison and mailed to:

ATTN: WCATY
702 Langdon Street
Madison, WI 53706

In the memo section, please indicate student’s name and the program they’ll be attending at WCATY.

Over the Phone Payment

To pay over the phone, call Pyle Center at 608-262-9585.

Payment Plan

If you would like to inquire about a five-month payment plan, please send a short request to wcaty@wisc.edu. A letter of agreement outlining the terms of the five-month payment plan will be emailed to you for consideration. All the five-month payment plan agreements should be confirmed no later than the program application deadline. The five-month installment plan carries a finance charge of $50.


Refund Policy

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

Refund Schedule

All program applications must be accompanied by the nonrefundable application fee before they can be processed.

Period Percent of Refund
Withdraw during the period of January 1–June 1 100% 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 June 2 – two weeks before program start 90% refund

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

Other 0% 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.


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