Q: When will I hear back about my application?
A: We anticipate our review process to be complete on or after May 2020. Families will be notified shortly after.
Q: Where do I find the status of my application?
A: We anticipate our review process to be complete by May 2020. 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. You may call our office with specific questions, but updates are not provided in real-time.
Q: How do I know if anything is missing from my application?
A: Check the Completion Checklist above to make sure you submitted all materials.
Q: How is my application reviewed?
A: An admissions committee reviews all completed, on-time applications that meet our minimum requirements. The committee uses a holistic admissions 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: PEOPLE 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 have 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 without 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 form?
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 school’s 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 where 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 6, 2020, 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 requirements for PEOPLE and attend PEOPLE Summer University. 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 you are 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 partnership 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 family’s 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 is mandatory for all students, including newly admitted 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 alternate plans in place if their student is not admitted into PEOPLE.
Q: I am a 8th grader and I don’t see the high school I plan to attend on your partnership list, can I still apply?
A: All 8th grade students can technically apply, but if you do not enroll in a partnership high school in the Fall, you will be no longer eligible for 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 requirements for PEOPLE and attend PEOPLE Summer University. If you get accepted into UW-Madison and you meet the scholarship requirements, you will be eligible for the tuition scholarship.
Q: My school isn’t on the partnership list. Can new schools be added?
A: At this time, PEOPLE is not accepting new partner schools. Check out this website for more precollege programs that may serve your area: wisconsin.edu/precollege-programs/