Registration and Scholarships

Here is all the information you need to successfully sign up for two days of fun with your grandchild at Winona State University. Scholarships are also available to help defray participation costs.

Registration opens each year in mid-February.

Registration closes when each session reaches capacity. If minimum enrollment is not met, complete refunds will be issued to all registrants.

The Winona State University Retiree Center is pleased to offer a limited number of scholarships for Grandparents University. Thanks to the generous support of friends, retirees and businesses, we will offer scholarships to cover partial funding of participation based on family income.

Important Note: If your participation in Grandparents University is contingent upon receiving a scholarship, please refrain from registering for Grandparents University until you have received notification of a scholarship award.

Please complete the application form (PDF) and return the form with a copy of the first page of your 2014 federal tax return to:
  Winona State University
  Retiree Center – ATTN: Jessica Kauphusman
  PO Box 5838
  Winona, MN 55987-5838

You may also fax the documents to 507.457.2262 ATTN: Jessica Kauphusman.

We realize that you may have concerns about supplying this personal information. Rest assured that we will not share any of your information and will destroy your income tax page once the scholarship awards have been finalized. You may, of course, “black out” or otherwise hide your Social Security Number on the copy of your income tax return.

If you have any questions, please contact the WSU Retiree Center at 507.457.5565.

We apologize for the delay in online registration availability for Grandparents University 2017. We are now offering paper registration forms instead.

Please print and mail the 2017 Grandparents University Registration form (PDF) to the Retiree Center with an enclosed check payment. You may also drop off the forms and payment at the Retiree Center (Alumni House, 227 W. Wabasha, Winona, MN).

We will have paper copies of the registration form available at the Retiree Center if you’d rather not print at home.

If you have any questions, please call us at 507.457.5565 or email Thank you for your patience as we work through our registration process.

You will receive an email shortly after completing an online registration. Please remember to save this email in case you need to contact Grandparents University in the future. Participants will receive additional communication from Grandparents University in order to prepare for the experience.
You will receive an information packet about two weeks after you register. The information will include forms that need to be completed and returned to Grandparents University prior to the experience.
No, the t-shirts will be given out during registration when you arrive at Grandparents University.
Yes, as long as the names of the participants and related information are correct in the registration fields, it doesn’t matter who signs up and/or pays for the registration. Please note that unless otherwise directed, correspondence regarding Grandparents University will be sent to the address of the individual who completes the registration.
On the back of MasterCard, Visa, and Discover cards, the last four digits of the credit card number are listed along with a three-digit number. Those three digits are the security code. On the front of the American Express card, the security code is four digits long and not embossed. The security code is needed to verify that the registrant is in possession of the card, which decreases the likelihood of someone using a stolen credit card number. Although this is probably not a problem with Grandparents University registrants, it is a built-in security feature of the credit card processing software.
No, all registration is done online with a credit card. If you are unable to complete the online registration, please contact the Retiree Center at 507.457.5565. There may be other options available to you for registration.
Yes, orders can be canceled. If the credit card payment has already been processed, a refund will be issued.
If you need to withdraw from Grandparents University, you will receive a credit or full refund of the program fee if you notify us by June 1. No refunds or transfers are allowed if you notify us after the stated cancellation deadline. If you have any questions about cancellation deadlines, please contact us at 507.457.5565 or e-mail us at