Financial Aid: Renewal Applicants
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
for 2017-2018 became available on October 1, 2016. To qualify for
priority financial aid consideration, you must have a processed and valid FAFSA on file with the Office
of Financial Aid & Student Employment on or before March 1. It is
recommended that you submit your FAFSA as early as possible in order to
meet this priority date. Be advised that it takes 3-5 business
days for your FAFSA to be processed and received by Western.
How to Apply
- Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid
Western's federal school code:
- Use the
IRS Data Retrieval Tool
available on FAFSA to ensure accurate and timely
processing of your financial aid application.
- The 2015 income information that was used to
complete your 2016-2017 FAFSA should also be used to
complete your 2017-2018 FAFSA.
- Any discrepancies in income information between
award years may result in adjustments to prior awards
and, in some cases, a balance due to the Cashier's
Next Steps: Verification
- Additional information may be requested of you if
selected for a process called Verification. If you
are selected, you will be notified via email to the
email address you included on your admission
- If not previously used, you may be asked to updated
you FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.
- All verification forms are made available on our
- Verification documents requested
must be received by the
Office of Financial Aid & Student Employment by the
timeline indicated in the email notification.
do not submit additional
documents unless they are requested.
Financial Aid Award Offer
Students must maintain Satisfactory Academic
Progress and be enrolled for the subsequent term.
Award notifications are sent to your Western email
- Follow the instructions provided to accept or decline
your financial aid offer.
- Financial aid offers are made
based on the availability of funding at the time of
Should you accept any portion of a federal student
loan, you will be required to complete additional
requirements, if not completed previously.
Make note of specific award messages.
Federal Direct Student Loans are
automatically awarded to students in their maximum eligible
amounts. If there are additional financing needs, the following
options are available:
- Parent PLUS Loans are available to parent
of dependent students at
studentloans.gov. Parent PLUS Loan applications
for 2017-2018 will be available after April 1, 2017. In
order to apply, a valid FAFSA for the student must be on
- Private Educational Loans are also
available. A listing of private loans and lenders can be
NOTE: Any aid awarded to a student is contingent upon WCSU
receiving federal and/or state funds.
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.