A demonstration of what can be gained by attending the University of Wisconsin versus going directly into the work force after highschool. Follow through the steps listed here to calculate the cost benefits of a UW degree.

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1. Introduction

Dear Future Badger:

Thinking about college?  One of the most important things that you will want to know is the financial payoff of earning your degree.

This website is designed to give you an estimate of your financial payback from graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  The answer will be calculated based on your personal characteristics.   

In making this calculation we compare your financial situation if you graduate from the UW–Madison with your situation if you stopped your schooling after graduating from high school. We need to estimate several factors in making this calculation. These include:

  • How much more you are likely to earn over your lifetime if you graduate from college.

  • The expenses that you will incur while getting your degree.

  • The value of the financial aid you may be offered.

As you proceed through this website, you will notice a number of symbols. Hovering over them will give you additional information. Clicking on the red text will connect you to other helpful websites.

To calculate this payback for you, we need you to answer a few questions.

Click Continue to get started.


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