Q: When will I hear back about my application?
A: We anticipate our review process to be complete on or after April 18th 2018. Families will be notified shortly after.
Q: What if I do not have a social security number?
A: Only permanent residents and U.S. citizens are eligible for PEOPLE. Residents with these statuses will have a social security number.
Q: Where do I find the status of my application?
A: We anticipate our review process to be complete by April 18th 2018. Application statuses will be provided to the application contact listed on the application. PEOPLE staff cannot tell you the status of your application before the review process is complete.
Q: How do I know if anything is missing from my application?
A: Check the application checklist on our website to make sure you submitted all materials.
Q: How is my application reviewed?
A: A admissions committee reviews all complete applications that meet our minimum academic and residency requirements. The committee uses a holistic admission process. The most common reason students are not admitted is lack of space, not sub-par application materials.
Q: What does first generation mean?
A: The University of Wisconsin – Madison PEOPLE program considers you to be a first generation college student if neither of your parents/guardians have a 4-year college degree.
Q: What if I am a foster parent? Whose information should I use mine or the birth parents?
A: Use the information of the parent legally responsible for your care.
Q: Can I submit a recommendation letter instead of the recommendation form?
A: No, please use the form provided. Recommendation letters will not be accepted instead of the form.
Q: What if I do not fit the race categories listed?
A: Choose “Other (Please specify)” and type in the race(s) you identify as.
Q: Who can sign the DPI?
A: The DPI form can be signed by any school official who can verify your free/reduced lunch status. This includes counselors, meal staff, secretaries, or other appropriate staff. It does not have to be a school principal. Check with your schools office for their preferences on who can complete the form.
Q: What if my mailing address and my permanent address are different
A: Please use the address you would like to receive information about your application status.
Q: What if my address is going to change?
A: If you anticipate your address changing after March 12, 2018, please notify our office ASAP.
Q: What if we move out of state after we join the program?
A: You must remain a Wisconsin Resident to participate in PEOPLE. If you leave a partnership school, but remain in the state and you are a junior in high school, you will be eligible for PEOPLE Extension status. As a PEOPLE Extension student, you must continue to meet academic minimums for PEOPLE and attend the summer residential programs. If you get accepted into UW-Madison and you meet the scholarship requirements, you will be eligible for the tuition scholarship.
Q: What if we want two separate status updates to two different addresses because my parents are divorced or separated?
A: PEOPLE will provide one status update to whomever you list as the application contact. If accepted and enrolled into PEOPLE a broader range of contact preferences will be considered.
Q: What schools are eligible for this program?
A: Check the list of afflicated schools on our website.
Q: If my child is not eligible for free/reduced lunch, do I still need a signature on DPI form?
A: No you do not need a school official to sign the DPI form, if the child is not eligible for free/reduced lunch.
Q: What if my school counselor/teacher is submitting materials on my families behalf to complete my application, how will I know the school submitted those materials
A: We suggest reaching out directly to your school contact to confirm they’ve sent the materials. Due to the large number of applications to process, we are not able to give real-time confirmations on received items. If you suspect an item is missing from your application, we suggest re-sending it to be sure your application is complete.
Q: What if I want my child to participate in another summer program that happens the same time as PEOPLE, is that allowed for the first year, considering we won’t hear admission decisions until program registration for other programs has passed?
A: Attendance in PEOPLE’s summer programs are mandatory for all students, newly admitted and current participants. Our programming is offered at no cost to families, in return we ask for your full commitment. If your child is not able to attend the entire program, they will forfeit their spot. We fully encourage families to have a plan B in place, if their child is not offered admission into PEOPLE.