As part of our pledge to make a high-quality education possible for all, we are pleased to introduce the Carthage Commitment.

At Carthage College, we want families to know they’re not alone in paying for a student’s education. We view college financing as a partnership, with assistance from a variety of sources.

The Carthage Commitment is born out of that spirit. Open to Wisconsin families whose household income is less than $65,000, it will cover tuition costs not covered by federal and state grant funds and the Stafford Loan. Recipients will have no direct out-of-pocket tuition costs to attend Carthage.

This program is open to all new incoming students who begin in fall 2023 or later.


  • Be admitted to Carthage by May 1
  • Submit the FAFSA by May 1
  • Have a household income of less than $65,000
  • Be a Wisconsin resident
  • Have a high school GPA of 2.5 or above

What does the Carthage Commitment cover?

The Carthage Commitment covers the cost of tuition for fall and spring semesters and on-campus J-Term courses.

What isn’t included in the Carthage Commitment?

Books, room and board, J-Term study tours, and parking are not covered by the Carthage Commitment. 

How do I apply?

To be considered for the Carthage Commitment, students must apply for admission to Carthage and be accepted by May 1. They must also submit the FAFSA by that date. (Applications are accepted anytime after completion of junior year of high school. Not yet a senior or rising senior? Join our mailing list.)

When will I find out if I qualify?

Once we receive the FAFSA, we will notify students who are eligible for the Carthage Commitment. Eligible students will be awarded the grant if state and federal grants and Stafford Loans don’t cover the full cost of tuition.


Call the Carthage Office of Admissions at 800-351-4058 or email We’re here to help you!