Financial Aid: Renewal Applications
Note the requirements
To be considered for Financial Aid at Western Connecticut State University, the
following conditions must be met:
- You must be a matriculated student registered at least half-time for the upcoming semester.
- You must have maintained Satisfactory
- 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.
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 index number, and with Western's name by March 15
in order to meet WCSU's Priority Deadline. The applicant should allow two weeks for the
processing of the electronic FAFSA., hence March 1st is the recommended filing date.
- If selected for Verification, all documents must be received
by May 1 in addition to having a valid FAFSA on
file by March 15 to be considered for the Priority Deadline.
- Financial aid awards are given on a first come, first-serve basis. Please complete your paperwork in a timely manner.
Fill out an application
Complete the FAFSA online at
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
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
If your FAFSA is
selected for verification you may be asked to provide the
following information and/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/Household Resources form
must be submitted to Financial Aid & Student Employment, along with a
copy of all W-2’s for any earned income.
Verification of SNAP benefits
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 & Student Employment,
you will be notified via email of which information and/or documents are
required in order to complete the processing of your Financial
Aid Award Package.
For Re- Entry, Transfer and Returning students, verification
documents must be submitted to Financial Aid & Student
Employment no later than May 1
to maintain an on- time applicant status.
State Scholarship Recipients:
If you are a recipient of a State Scholarship, and are subject to their deadlines, it is suggested that you
complete a FAFSA as outlined in the
First-Time Applicant section, making sure
to meet the necessary deadlines.