Expenses - Undergraduate

Tuition and fees

The university establishes a tuition and fee schedule for each academic year. The tuition and fees for each term are published by the Cashier's Office. If there are questions about charges on a student's WINGS account, contact the Cashier’s Office, 121 Graff Main Hall. The Board of Regents reserves the right to change tuition and fees without published notice.

New students (including transfers) are required to pay a non-refundable (enrollment) tuition deposit before registering for classes.

All students are charged a non-refundable registration fee each term they register for one or more courses. If a student drops all classes before the term begins, the student is still responsible for this fee. The fee will be reflected on the next billing statement. The exact amount of the fee is listed in the cost to attend UWL.

Student bills and parents/guest access

Billing reminders are sent via email to the student’s campus email from the email address studentAR@uwlax.edu (around 5 p.m.). It is the responsibility of the student to check their campus email and make sure the bill is routed to the proper individual for making payment. Students are able to give parents/guests access to their billing statements in CashNet by following the steps below.

Access to view/pay bill in CashNet:

  1. The student logs into WINGS with their NetID username and password.
  2. Under the "Finances" on the homepage, the student selects "Grant Access to View/Pay Bill." Once that is selected, the student is taken to the CashNet site outside of WINGS.
  3. The student scrolls down to the "Parent Pins" section and clicks on "Add New." The student chooses a unique login name for the person they are giving access to, enters the person's email address, and picks a temporary password for the account. Then the student clicks “OK” to create the account.  
  4. Upon completion, parents/guests will be notified of their unique login information. Additional instructions on how to pay can be found on the Cashier's website under the "Payment Options" button.

How to pay a bill

Payment can be made electronically through the WINGS Student Center. Detailed payment directions for a student or parent/guest can be found in the payment options listed on the Cashier's website.

Installment billing & finance charges

Semester charges for tuition, room, and board are due no later than the posted due date. Finance charges are based on the outstanding amount and will be reflected one month later on your WINGS account. Please refer to the Cashier's Office for billing due dates and additional information. All outstanding balances must be paid in full before a student will be allowed to register for future terms.

Segregated fees

The semester bill includes instructional fees (tuition) and segregated fees. The tuition charge is established by the Board of Regents, and the fees are determined by the student government with the support of campus administration. The fees fund student services including the Health Center, textbook rental, student centers, the childcare center, and activities such as athletics, intramurals, and other organized activities.


Undergraduate course textbooks are available on a rental basis through the Textbook Rental Service. Textbook rental for undergraduates is included in the semester segregated fee. Undergraduates may purchase rental textbook titles through the University Bookstore on a special order basis. Students enrolled in graduate courses are expected to purchase their textbooks, which are available through the University Bookstore.

Health service

If a student meets student health service requirements and pay the segregated fee at registration, the student is eligible to receive outpatient care, physical therapy, radiography, and laboratory service in the Health Center. Students carrying seven credits or more are automatically charged the segregated fee. Students carrying less than seven credits may choose to pay a health service fee. A description of health care facilities and medical requirements for entering students can be found in the Student Health Center.

The following services are not provided: medicines, eye refraction, care of families of married students, medical and surgical consultation outside of the Health Center, ambulance service, emergency room visits, hospitalization, house calls or after hours visits, dental visits, premarital examinations, pregnancy care, infertility studies, sterilization procedures, or abortion.

Students should check their current insurance policies to make sure they have adequate coverage for services not provided by the Health Center. If a student does not have health insurance coverage, the student may enroll in a student group insurance plan. If the student's current policy will expire during the school year, the student should plan to purchase student group insurance at the beginning of the semester in which existing coverage will cease.

Residence halls

According to the Board of Regents policy, freshman and sophomores who are not veterans, married, or living with parents or guardians, shall be required to live in a university-operated residence hall when accommodations are available. Due to housing capacity, we only require first year students to live on campus. First year students who have a permanent home address within 25 miles of campus are exempt from this requirement. Requests for exceptions to this policy must be made in writing to the Director of Residence Life.

Once a student has been accepted to UWL and has paid the enrollment deposit, the student will be sent an email with instructions for completing the housing contract and application, including paying a housing deposit. Residence hall facilities, regulations, and programs are described in the Residence Life section of this catalog.

UWL dining services

All students living in a traditional residence hall must purchase one of the traditional dining plans. These include the Stryker Classic and the Stryker Deluxe. 

The Stryker Classic includes 19 meal swipes per week and $115.00 in Dining Dollars per semester, and the Stryker Deluxe includes 21 meal swipes per week and $150.00 Dining Dollars per semester. The Stryker Deluxe also includes 30 block meals per semester. Meal swipes can be used in the Whitney Center dining venues and designated venues in the Student Union. Block meals can be used at any dining location on campus.

Students living in Reuter can select either of the above options, but can also sign up for the Reuter Plan, which includes 45 block meals and $115.00 Dining Dollars per semester.

Should a student find that the dining plan originally selected is not working, they may request to change it in the first two weeks of classes. If they would like to increase the plan, that can be done at any point in the semester. This can be done by visiting the Eagle ID/Dining Plan office at 1131 Student Union.

There are limited options and hours during summers and winter intersession. Please contact the Eagle ID/Dining Plan Office at 608.785.8891 or uwlcardoffice@uwlax.edu for hours.