Financial Information

WCATY students in a biology lab

Program Costs

All program applications must be accompanied by the non-refundable application fee before they can be processed.

Program Application Fee
ALP $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 Residential Student $2,850 $2,900
ALP Commuter Student $1,950 $2,000
ALP 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 $250

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–Extension and mailed to:

UW–Extension
432 N. Lake St
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 608-262-2451.

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 non-refundable. 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 non-refundable 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

Non-refundable 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

Non-refundable 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.


Financial Aid/Scholarship

A limited amount of need-based financial aid funds are available.

GEM Financial Aid/Scholarship

If you are applying for Growing Early Minds, submit the GEM financial aid application. If you are eligible for free or reduced lunch at school, please also complete section 2 of the form. 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 WCATY.

YSSP, PACE, STEP, or ALP Financial Aid/Scholarship

If you are applying for YSSP, PACE, STEP, or ALP and are eligible for free or reduced lunch, submit the DPI Financial Aid Form.

If you are applying for YSSP, PACE, STEP, or ALP are not eligible for free or reduced lunch, 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.

Important Dates for Financial Aid

The deadline for all financial aid applications is April 10. WCATY cannot allocate aid to students who have not been admitted to a program*. As such, the student’s program application (including application fee and supporting documentation, such as their grade report, etc.) must be completed by April 10, 2018, as well.

*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 decisions via written letter prior to the first tuition payment due date. WCATY 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 deadline posted in your award letter may result in a loss of partial or full aid award.

Financial Aid Policies

Applications will be reviewed by WCATY’s Financial Aid 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 by WCATY no later than April 10.
  • Applicants will be notified of awards before the first payment deadline of May 13.
  • 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.
  • Each financial aid recipient will be required to write a thank-you letter to his/her sponsors and provide WCATY with copies of the letter(s) as a condition of final approval. This will be completed at camp. Failure to submit the thank-you letter will result in automatic denial of all future financial aid requests. Notification of the failure to complete the thank-you letter will happen in August.
  • Additional information (essay, interview, phone conversation, etc.) may be requested from students and/or families prior to notification of aid.