Talent Incentive Program (TIP) Grant FAQ

Who is eligible for the TIP Grant?

An initial TIP award may only be given to a Wisconsin resident first-time freshman, enrolled at least half-time in a degree or certificate program, who demonstrates financial need and who comes from a non-traditional or educationally-disadvantaged background.

What is a "first-time freshman?"

A first-time freshman is a student who has been enrolled in a post-secondary institution for less than two semesters at half or greater time since attending high school.

What are the "financial need" criteria for an initial TIP award?

PLEASE NOTE! An eligible initial TIP recipient must meet at least one of the financial need criteria AND at least one of the non-traditional / educationally-disadvantaged criteria.

What are the "non-traditional / educationally-disadvantaged" criteria?

Please note: An eligible initial TIP recipient must meet at least one of the financial need criteria AND at least one of the non-traditional / educationally-disadvantaged criteria.

Which schools participate in the Talent Incentive Program?

The TIP Grant is available at all University of Wisconsin campuses and Wisconsin Technical Colleges, as well as non-profit independent colleges and universities based in Wisconsin, and Wisconsin tribal colleges.

What applications are required for the TIP Grant?

The student must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). A student may be nominated for the TIP Grant by their school financial aid office or by a counselor of the Wisconsin Educational Opportunity Programs. Any additional forms will be provided by the school financial aid office or the nominating WEOP counselor.

Can a student receive the TIP Grant after their freshman year?

Only first-time freshmen are eligible for an initial TIP award. A student who received the TIP Grant as a freshman may continuing to receive the TIP Grant for a total of 10 semesters (including the freshman year), but a student cannot receive an initial TIP award after their first year in school.

What are the requirements for continuing to receive the TIP Grant?

To be eligible for a continuing TIP award, the student must: