Important Financial Aid Update
2024 - 2025 Academic Year


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With top-rated programs ranging from nursing to musical theatre, Western Connecticut State University is where students go to get a high-quality, practical education at an affordable price.

WCSU’s small class sizes, high-tech facilities, top researchers and inspiring professors help you develop professional and leadership skills. With over 120 years of providing academic excellence, a fantastic collegiate experience and affordable tuition, WCSU is a great choice.

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Our preferred deadline is March 1


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  • 12:1 student faculty ratio
  • exciting internships
  • resume-building experiences that prepare you for success

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Students from New York and New Jersey pay only WCSU’s in-state tuition — among the lowest in the region.

Students from Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont get big discounts on WCSU’s in-state tuition because of WCSU’s participation in the New England Regional Student Program.


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Prospective Students

Explore excellence in our Kathwari Honors Program

Honors students receive priority registration for classes, special funding for travel and internship opportunities, special honors housing on a first-come, first-serve basis, as well as honors graduation cords. 

Be considered for a prestigious merit scholarship

Apply to WCSU by February 1st and automatically be considered for a prestigious merit scholarship — it’s a financial help and a great resume item!

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    For more than 25 years, WCSU has been a member institution of ISEP, a program that allows our students to study abroad through the ISEP network anywhere in the world. You can go for one semester or an entire year. Remember to apply about six months in advance of your travel to be considered in the priority pool of applicants. There are also short-term summer programs available through ISEP.
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  • Success within reach

    Join alumni who are succeeding as on-air meteorologists, financial service specialists, performers with national theatre companies, pharmaceutical researchers and industry executives.


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Financial Aid Update for the 2024 – 2025 Academic Year

WCSU recognizes that many of our current and prospective students and families have been challenged while attempting to apply for financial aid for the 2024-2025 academic year. First, the launch of the FAFSA was delayed until December 31. Since then, the website and platform at has been unreliable and inconsistent at times. Many of the changes intended to help students and families have, in some instances, created additional obstacles.

Most recently, the US Department of Education announced that institutions will not obtain information from submitted FAFSAs until mid-March, resulting in significant delays in WCSU being able to make financial aid award offers to our incoming prospective students. Once FAFSA data is made available to WCSU, we are prepared to update our systems as quickly as possible to make financial aid award offers and will provide a more detailed aid offer timeline of when you can expect to receive your award offer. We know that affordability and cost is a significant factor when deciding on school choice. We are committed to working with you and your families to offer support, guidance, and flexibility throughout this process.

The priority deadline for financial aid and university scholarships is March 1; it is not a final deadline. WCSU makes aid offers based on availability of funding at the time of application. We encourage you to submit your FAFSA application as soon as possible. If you are challenged by the financial aid process, you have a financial aid counselor assigned to you. Please do not hesitate to schedule an appointment for assistance.

May 1 is the national college decision date. If, by May 1, you are still unable to make your school choice because of a financial aid award offer delay, we will work with you to make appropriate accommodations. WCSU is a public institution that prides itself in access and affordability. Please reach out to the Admissions Office if you have any questions or concerns.

We will continue to update our website and social media sites with updates to keep you informed.