Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

Tuition & Fees

The UW-Madison Bursar's Office publishes information about tuition and segregated fees for the fall and spring semesters in early August. Select the correct semester and program, which in most cases will be Graduate or most Capstone Certificates.

Graduate School Application Fee Grant

Eligible graduate applicants are encouraged to apply for a Graduate School Application Fee Grant.


The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) becomes available each year on October 1. La Follette School students and applicants are highly encouraged to complete the FAFSA by December 1. UW–Madison’s school code is 003895. Applicants for most types of financial aid must be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or other eligible non-citizen. Questions can be directed to  UW–Madison’s Office of Student Financial Aid. Admitted students who choose to attend the La Follette School will have their FAFSA processed more quickly once their official transcript has been received by the UW-Madison Graduate School. 

Directions to send official transcripts to the University of Wisconsin Madison Graduate School: International institutions: **All applicants with international transcripts must send an official paper copy to the address below.  Domestic transcripts may be sent electronically. U.S. institutions: 1) Order your transcript through your institution. 2) If you cannot just choose UW-Madison Graduate School, then transcripts can be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Please do not send questions to that address. 3) We prefer electronic transcripts if your institution offers that option. 4) If your institution does not have an electronic option, we need the official hard copy sent to the address below. 5) Please do not send both a paper and electronic copy of the same transcript. Thank you! The Graduate School Admissions Office University of Wisconsin-Madison 232 Bascom Hall 500 Lincoln Drive Madison, WI 53706

La Follette School Fellowships & Scholarships

Students who apply to the La Follette School of Public Affairs by January 1 receive priority consideration for La Follette School fellowships. There is no separate application. The school’s Admissions Committee awards fellowships on a merit basis. La Follette can nominate applicants for the University of Wisconsin–Madison Graduate School Advanced Opportunity Fellowship. Please note that applicants to the accelerated MPA and accelerated MIPA are not eligible to be considered for graduate program funding from the La Follette School or graduate assistantships. During their second year in the program, accelerated students will matriculate as graduate students and would then be eligible to apply for graduate assistantships on campus. 

La Follette School fellowships provide tuition remission (in and out of state), health insurance, and a stipend during the student’s first year. In their second year at the La Follette School, fellows also receive a project assistantship (PAship) with a La Follette School faculty member.

La Follette School faculty also occasionally hire project assistants tied to grant funding. The Student Services Office notifies current and incoming students about these positions via email. 

In addition, the La Follette School collaborates with several on- and off-campus partners that provide work experiences by funding PAships. All students who apply to the La Follette School by January 1 receive priority consideration for these PAships, which also provide tuition remission (in and out of state), health insurance, and a stipend.

Students who plan to attend the La Follette School part-time, which is rare, are not considered for funding offers from the La Follette School. Applicants to the accelerated program are also not considered for fellowships, assistantships, or scholarships. However, it is not uncommon for accelerated students to find graduate assistantships in other departments on campus in their second year in the program as matriculated graduate students.

All students receiving fellowships, scholarships, and PAships are responsible for UW–Madison segregated fees both years. 

UW-Madison Library Research Guides

Campus librarian, Ellen Jacks, maintains these Research Guides which are accessible to all UW-Madison students.

Graduate School External Fellowship Database

The Graduate School’s External Fellowship Database is a searchable database of external funding opportunities for graduate students. Students can filter their searches by disciplinary division and/or demographics.

Campus Assistantships & Financial Aid

Various UW–Madison departments, schools, and units employ graduate students as teaching, project, and research assistants. Most of these assistantships are posted on the Student Job Center, and the La Follette School encourages students to check these listings frequently. The award processes vary by program, and some assistantships with a 33.4 percent appointment include tuition remission, health insurance, and a stipend. 

Students also may apply for financial aid from the UW–Madison’s Office of Student Financial Aid (primarily work-study and loans) and the Graduate School. If you receive an fellowship offer from outside of UW-Madison, it is important to read the university policy on external fellowships

International Students

International students who apply by January 1 will be considered for merit-based fellowships and scholarships. The Graduate School does not request financial documents from international applicants until a recommendation for admission has been received. Upon admission, international students send financial documents to the Graduate School Admissions Office. Learn more

La Follette School Graduate Student Funding Information (pdf)


The following academic departments and research centers employ or previously employed La Follette School students as project and research assistants.

The following academic departments employ or previously employed La Follette School students as teaching assistants.

  • College of Letters & Science Integrated Liberal Studies Program
  • Department of French & Italian
  • Department of Gender & Women’s Studies
  • Department of Political Science
  • Department of Spanish & Portuguese
  • School of Business
  • School of Human Ecology
  • School of Social Work

Project, teaching, and research assistants with a 33.4 percent appointment receive tuition remission, health insurance, and a stipend. The stipend depends on the position’s time commitment. All recipients pay segregated fees. Learn more.