Office of Financial Aid and Student Employment
FINANCIAL AID PRIORITY DEADLINE: MARCH 15th
The last day to complete a 2015-2016 financial aid file is May 1, 2016. 2015-2016 Financial Aid documents will not be accepted after this date. Financial Aid documents must be received while being actively enrolled in the university. Once packaged, 2015-2016 awards must be accepted, and fund requirements must be completed five days prior to the end of the semester. Any student with outstanding requirements after this time will be subject to cancellation of awards.
Western Connecticut State University offers financial aid to help qualified students meet their educational expenses. The staff of Financial Aid and Student Employment is available to assist students in determining their eligibility for the various sources of aid available. While not every one will qualify for assistance, a student should never assume he/she is ineligible without first applying. A wide spectrum of variables affect the application process, therefore many possible options exist that may pertain to a students particular circumstances.
The evaluation of one's financial need is based on an analysis of several factors; e.g. student and/or family income, family size, assets and liabilities, and the number of family members in school. In addition to the above, the school's total allocation of funds for an academic year is also a factor that determines the amount of aid a student can receive. Therefore, meeting the application deadline, along with assessing the student's financial need, become important factors in the financial aid process.
All financial aid recipients must apply annually to qualify for assistance, and must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress.
Privacy Notice for Parents
As a result of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), financial aid administrators and university staff at Western Connecticut State University are prohibited from disclosing personal information relating to student financial and academic records. While we realize that many parents take a leading role in helping their children apply for financial aid, please understand that our financial aid staff are limited in the type of information they can share with you over the phone and in person without the student's written permission.
Students must complete and submit a Student Consent Form to the Dean of Students' Office (Old Main 306) in order to provide parental/guardian or third-party access to information. This form is optional.