This policy addresses the Board of Regents’ authority under s. 36.11(3)(d), Wis. Stats., to charge a fee to individuals applying to UW System institutions.


The purpose of this policy is to identify the Board of Regent’s authority to set application fees for UW System Institutions and to delegate authority to the UW System President to waive application fees via UW System policy.

Policy Statement

The Board of Regents shall set uniform application fees as required by s. 36.11(3)(d), Wis. Stats. Pursuant to state law, application fee rates may vary among groups of applicants – undergraduate applicants, graduate applicants, and law school applicants and medical school applicants – but must be uniform for all applicants within a group. For example, undergraduate applicants may pay a different application fee than graduate applicants, and all undergraduates at a given institution shall be assessed the same fee. Separate fees also may be charged for doctoral, pharmacy or veterinary school applications.

The Board delegates authority to the UW System President to develop criteria for UW institutions to use in waiving application fees.

Oversight, Roles, and Responsibilities

Application fee receipts and waiver amounts by institution shall be reported to the Board annually.

Related Regent Policies and Applicable Laws

  • Section 36.11(3)(d), Wisconsin Statutes


History: Res. 11490, adopted 08/20/2020, created Regent Policy Document 32-8.


SYS 805: Tuition and Fee Policies for Credit Instruction (formerly F44)

[UW System Administrative policies are included for reference and are separate from Regent Policy Documents adopted by the Board.]