Building stronger WI

We believe that all Wisconsin students who are academically qualified 
– regardless of their backgrounds –

deserve the opportunity to get a quality education.

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MIAD communication design student and Wisconsin Grant recipient Cera Propper makes success her brand.
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Wisconsin Lutheran College student Adam Pagel grows as a leader, thanks in part to the Wisconsin Grant
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An investment in Wisconsin’s future

Our workforce depends on it.

By 2020, 62 percent of all jobs will require education beyond high school.1 The latest data shows that 48 percent of Wisconsinites hold a degree or high-quality certificate.

The challenge is that participation in postsecondary education is faced with troubling trends. Two years ago, a national survey showed that 17 percent of families were not even considering higher education for themselves or their children. Last year, the survey was repeated and found 28 percent not considering postsecondary education.This trend must be reversed so that students are not discouraged from attending college.

Our economy depends on it.

According to the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance, demographic trends show that “Wisconsin’s biggest long-term economic challenge is a shortage of workers.” By enabling students who would otherwise be unable to afford college, the Wisconsin Grant helps to address the workforce crisis.

The median annual wages of college graduates (ages 25-59) are $62,000 compared to $36,000 for high school graduates.

Because college graduates generally earn more, have greater financial resources, and are more likely to be employed, they make fewer demands for resources such as unemployment compensation and healthcare. They will contribute 80 percent more in taxes over their lifetimes than those without a college education.5

We depend on it.

We all depend on continued support of the Wisconsin Grant. By investing in the Wisconsin Grant, Wisconsin is investing not only in each individual student’s success, but also in the state’s workforce/economy and the quality of civic and cultural life for everyone who lives here.

Sources: [1] Georgetown Public Policy Institute, 2013 [2] Lumina Foundation, A Stronger Nation Report, 2016 [3] College Savings Foundation, 2016 [4] Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, Five Rules of the College and Career Game, 2018 [5] College Board, Education Pays Report, 2013

Our Mission


The mission of the Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (WAICU) is “Wisconsin’s private, nonprofit colleges and universities working together for educational opportunity.” The 24 WAICU-member colleges and universities operate without direct taxpayer support, but provide an invaluable public service to the state, educating more than 56,000 students a year. Many of Wisconsin’s best and brightest need financial aid to attend the college of their choice. Wisconsin Grants play an integral part in achieving our mission of helping qualified Wisconsin citizens to succeed.

Partners in building Wisconsin’s workforce

Wisconsin’s private, nonprofit colleges are preparing students for high-demand careers. They produce 25 percent of all bachelor’s degrees in the state, and:

  • 27% of the business grads
  • 27% of the engineering grads
  • 41% of the health professions grads
  • 54% of the 4-year (BSN) nursing grads

Wisconsin’s private, nonprofit colleges produce 35 percent of all graduate degrees in the state, and:

  • 41% of pharmacists
  • 46% of education graduates
  • 48% of business graduates
  • 53% of physician assistants
  • 54% of medical doctors
  • 100% of dentists

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