Financial Aid: First-Time Applicants
Students Applying for Financial Aid for the first time should follow these steps:
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
Fill out an application
- Complete the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov,
and complete it according to the instructions. Western
Connecticut State University's school code, 001380, is
- 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 or
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
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.
If you and/or your parents received any assistance
from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP),
you will need to provide a
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.
Accept or decline your financial
- Once award notification is received, follow
steps listed in the
Financial Aid Quick Reference Guide to
accept or decline your financial aid offer.
- Should you accept any portion of a
federal student loan, you will be required to
complete additional requirements.
- Make note of specific award messages.
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.
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.