Financial Aid

First-Time Applicants

New & Transfer Students

The 2023-2024 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) became available on October 1. To be considered for financial aid, you must be accepted to the university and have a processed and valid FAFSA on file by March 1. It is recommended that you submit your FAFSA as early as possible in order to meet the deadline and use a non-high school affiliated email address on your application. Be advised that is takes 3-5 business days for your FAFSA to be processed and received by WCSU.

If your application is selected for Verification or additional information is requested, be sure to submit documents by April 1.

Awarding for new students begins in February. Applications received after the deadline(s) are considered based on available funding.


Step 1  How to Apply

  • Create an FSA ID for the student and parent (as applicable) and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at using Western’s federal school code: 001380
  • It is strongly suggested that students use a non-high school affiliated email address.
  • Use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool available on FAFSA to ensure accurate and timely processing of your financial aid application.
  • 2021 income information should be used to complete your 2023-2024 FAFSA.
  • First-time attending students must be accepted to the university by the March 1 deadline for consideration.


Step 2 Next Steps: Verification

  • Additional information may be requested of you if selected for a process called Verification by the U.S. Department of Education. If you are selected, you will receive an introductory email from Inceptia to the email address you provided on your FAFSA.
  • If not previously used, you may be asked to update your FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool on the application.
  • Students whose FAFSA application was not selected for verification, but may require additional information to proceed with processing, may receive information directly from wcsufinancialaid@wcsu.educreate new email.
  • Please do not submit additional documents unless they are requested.
  • The Verification deadline is April 1.


3_finaid  Financial Aid Award Offer

  • Award notifications are sent to the email included on your admission application.
  • Students should have received a separate email to create their WCSU Student Account.
    • If you did not receive an email, please contact the IT Help Desk at 203-837-8467 for assistance.
  • Log in to your WCSU Student Account and follow the instructions provided in the award notification to accept or decline your financial aid award offer.
  • Students should accept or decline their award offers by May 1.
  • Financial aid offers are made based on the availability of funding at the time of packaging.
  • Should you accept any portion of a federal student loan, you will be required to complete additional requirements – available at after June 1.
  • Make note of specific award messages.


4_finaid   Additional Financing Options

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 parents of dependent students; the application typically becomes available May 1. In order to apply and receive the PLUS Loan, a valid FAFSA must be on file.
  • Payment Plans are also available through our Cashier’s Office.
  • Private Educational Loans are also available. A listing or private loans and lenders can be accessed at


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 and/or in accordance with the student’s enrollment status as of the university’s census date (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.


As a first-time student, this publication will assist you with your next steps.

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Updated: 10/20/2022