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Financial Aid: First-Time Applicants

Students Applying for Financial Aid for the first time should follow these steps:

Step 1

Note the deadlines

  • The output document resulting from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA.) is the Institutional Student Information Record or Student Aid Report (SAR). These forms must be received in the University's data files with a valid EFC, and with Western's school code, 001380, by March 15. The applicant should allow two weeks for the processing of the electronic FAFSA, hence March 1st is the recommended filing date.
  • First-time attending students must be accepted to the university by the Admissions Office by the March 15th deadline in order to maintain priority consideration status.
Step 2

Fill out an application

  • Complete the FAFSA online at,  and complete it according to the instructions. Western Connecticut State University's school code, 001380, is required.
  • All 18-25 year-old males must be registered for the armed services draft in order to apply for financial assistance.
  • Please make every attempt to utilize the IRS Data Retrieval Tool when completing your FAFSA.  If at the time of completing the FAFSA Form you are unable to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool because your taxes were recently filed or were not filed yet, you must update your FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool once you have filed your taxes. (Some individuals may not be able to use the IRS Data Retrieval due to other circumstances.)  
Step 3
  • If your FAFSA is selected for Verification you may be asked to provide the following information or documents:

  • If you had not utilized the IRS Data Retrieval Tool you may be asked to update your FAFSA using this tool.  In certain circumstances where this is not possible, you will then be required to provide an IRS Tax Return Transcript for the student and/or parent. IRS Tax Return Transcripts may be obtained by going online to; calling the IRS toll-free at 1-800-908-9946, or visiting your local IRS office.

  • If you and/or your parents did not and will not file taxes, then a Verification of Non-Filer Status and Household Resources Form must be completed and submitted along with a copy of all W-2’s for any earned income.

  • Verification Worksheet

  • If you and/or your parents received any assistance from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), you will need to provide a SNAP Verification form.

  • Proof of Child Support paid, if applicable

  • Proof of High School completion, or  it's equivalent

  • Proof of Identity and Statement of Educational Purpose.

Once your valid FAFSA is received by Financial Aid and Student Employment you will be notified by email of which information and/or documents are required in order to complete the processing of your Financial Aid Award Package.

 Verification documents must be received by the Office of Financial Aid and Student Employment no later than May 1 to maintain priority consideration.




Note: Any aid awarded to a student is contingent upon WCSU receiving federal and/or state funds. Also, please be advised that you must be accepted by the Admissions Office by the March 15th deadline in order to be considered for priority financial aid consideration. Students accepted by Admissions after the March 15th date can still apply for financial aid.

Student awards may be adjusted with the receipt of new financial information during the academic year, or in accordance with the student's enrollment status as of the Enrollment Freeze Date. Financial aid is awarded to matriculated students who are registered at least half-time (6 credit hours).  For more information concerning the above process or any related questions, please call our office at 203-837-8580.

In addition to the previous process, you must not have been convicted for any offense under any federal or state law involving the possession or sale of illegal drugs during a period of enrollment for which you were receiving Title IV aid.

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