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Compare our tuition rates with other colleges and you'll see the exceptional value of a CVTC education. Even with our low tuition rates, it is possible that you may still need some financial assistance. We can help get you connected with the resources you need to make college affordable.

Funding Sources


Student loans, unlike grants and work-study, are borrowed money that must be repaid with interest. These loans cannot be canceled because you didn't get a job in your field of study or because you are having financial difficulty. Loans are legal obligations, so before you take out a student loan think about the amount that you will have to repay in the years after graduation.


​Grants are monies that under normal circumstances do not need to be repaid. The following grants are awarded at Chippewa Valley Technical College: Federal Grants, Private Grants, Wisconsin State Grants, United Way of Greater Chippewa Valley - Micro Grants.

Work Study

The Federal Work-Study Program provides jobs for students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay education expenses.

Veterans Benefits

CVTC has a long history of providing education and training to all service members who are seeking to gain new skills, enhance existing skills, and translate skills learned in the military for use in the civilian world. Our Veteran Services office assists students with the GI Bill® process and serves as a liaison between various federal agencies, state agencies, and the College.

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GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at


Payment Methods


You can pay for your tuition and fees online using a bank account, credit, or debit card.

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Payment Plans

CVTC offers convenient online options to pay for your tuition and fees. You can use the online bill pay or set up an automatic payment plan. Both options allow you to manage your account and set up authorized users to view or make payments on your account. You will receive text and email notices of your e-bill through the online system.

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Need Help Repaying Student Loans?

Ascendium Education Solutions Logo Our Partner, Ascendium Education Solutions®, can help you transition to repayment. There is no cost to you, and they can give you insight on your payment options.

To get started, call their student loan success center at (833) 707-1220.
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. CST

Chippewa Valley Technical College saved students more than $1 million in textbook costs in the 2020-21 school year, thanks to the school’s recently launched affordable learning program.

Learn more about open & affordable learning resources

Financial Aid Checklist

Complete the checklist below if you wish to apply for federal and state grants, federal loans, or the federal work study program.


Step 1: 
Apply for Admission to CVTC

You must be accepted into a financial aid eligible program at CVTC to receive aid. You can complete the admissions application at anytime, however, your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will not be processed until you are accepted into a financial aid eligible program.

You may proceed to step two while your admissions application is in progress.

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Step 2: 
Apply for Financial Aid - FAFSA

CVTC's Federal school code is 005304.

Applying for Financial Aid is a two-step process:

  1. ​Request a FSA ID by going to Federal Student Aid site.
  2. Fill out the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA).

After you submit your FAFSA you will receive a FAFSA Submission Summary.


Step 3: 
Complete Documentation

Return the documents requested by the financial aid office within two weeks of receiving the request. Financial aid applications will not be processed otherwise. Make sure to include your student ID on all submitted documentation.

Your award notification will be sent to your CVTC student email account and will explain how to access your financial aid award amounts in your Student Information System (SIS). To be eligible for student loans your enrollment status must be at least half time, 6 credits.

Determining Financial Need

CVTC determines how much you and your family can contribute by assessing the information you submit on the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). To calculate this need, the federal government has developed a uniform calculation to determine how much each family is expected to contribute towards educational costs. After your level of financial need has been determined, CVTC will provide a financial aid package that will include all or some of the following forms of aid: grants, loans, and student work study.


Tuition & Fees for 2024-2025 Academic Year

Tuition is defined as program fees, material fees, supplemental fees, and other class fees. Other class fees may include books, equipment, field trips, uniforms, and graduation. Our program catalog has the estimated costs for each program. CVTC has a reciprocity agreement between Wisconsin and Minnesota which enables a Minnesota resident to attend CVTC and pay Wisconsin tuition. Residents of all other states are considered out-of-state.


Tuition Costs Wisconsin & Minnesota Residents

$149.50 per credit

Tuition Costs Out-of-State Residents

$224.25 per credit

Tuition University Transfer Program

$188.90 per credit

$283.35 per credit (out-of-state residents*)


Activity Fee

5.5% of current per-credit tuition rate

Academic Support Fee

1.5% of current per-credit tuition rate

Application Processing Fee


Public Safety Fee

$3 per credit with $45 maximum

Health Services Fee (5+ Credits)**

$14 - $19

Summer Health Services Fee (3+ Credits)**

$7 - $9.50

* Out-of-state tuition fees do not apply to distance education offerings. International students need to contact the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Designated School Official (DSO) at (715) 833-6343.    
** Fees vary based on campus location and registered credits.

Estimated Cost of Attendance

Cost of Attendance (COA) is a total of all the usual expenses of being a student.
The COA sets the maximum amount of financial aid a student can receive.

Students Living with Parents

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Students Living Independently

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Current Students: Your student bill via Cashier's Connection is the best and most accurate statement of direct educational expenses.

* The estimated costs above are based on Wisconsin Residents and are legislated by the Wisconsin Technical College System Board. Approximate school costs are for a full-time (12 credit) student over a semester span of 16 weeks. These costs are estimates and are subject to change without notice. For the most accurate estimate of program costs, please contact your academic advisor.

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