Talent Incentive Program Grants (TIP)

Purpose:  The TIP grant aids low-income and disadvantaged Wisconsin students with additional college funding to help reduce the student’s amount of loan, work-study, or unmet need.


  • Students must be attending at least part time.
  • Students must be a first-time college student. (A first-time college student is someone who has less than 12 credits and has not attended a public, private, or for profit college more than one semester.)
  • Students must be attending a public or private Wisconsin college or university.
  • A student must meet one criteria from Group A based on financial need and one criteria from Group B based on nontraditional/ disadvantaged circumstances
  • The TIP grant can be renewed for up to ten semesters of enrollment and must be used within six years of enrollment at a public, private, or technical college or university in Wisconsin.
  • Funds are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Funding:  Funding varies from year to year depending upon the number of continuing students. The Higher Educational Aids Board (HEAB) determines annually the amount of funds awarded for continuing students.  HEAB then divides the remaining funds between the WEOP offices and the college financial aid community to award to new freshman.    The TIP grant ranges from $600 to $1800 per school year. 

Student Application Process:

  • WEOP PI 1000 Student Application.
  • A processed FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
  • FAFSA confirmation page or the SAR (Student Aid Report).
  • College acceptance letter or college award notification.
  • Other documents may be requested by the WEOP staff if needed to determine eligibility.

DPI-WEOP Student Application: