After initially being denied, the University of Wisconsin has gotten approval for federal financial aid to some students in its new “show what you know” flexible option degree program. Students have been enrolled in a small number of programs since January but couldn’t access financial aid available to peers in traditional campus programs.
The situation changed last week when the U.S. Department of Education sent word that students earning associates degrees through UW Colleges in the flexible degree program are eligible for aid. It’s the first such approval given to a public college system for what it terms are competency-based degrees, according to the university. Students in other UW degree programs through flexible option still can’t access aid, which in the interim is being provided by UW.