Financial Aid: First-Time 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 be accepted to the
university and 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 and use a non-high school affiliated email
address. Be advised that it takes 3-5 business
days for your FAFSA to be processed and received by Western.
How to Apply
- Create and FSA ID for the student and parent (as
applicable) at fsaid.ed.gov
- Complete the Free Application for Federal Student
Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.ed.gov
using Western's federal school code: 001380
- It is strongly suggested that students use a
non-high school affiliated email address.
- Almost all male students (US citizens & eligible
non-citizens) ages 18-25, are required to register with
the Selective Service in order to apply for financial
- Use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool
available on FAFSA to ensure accurate and timely
processing of your financial aid application.
- First-time attending students must be accepted to
the university by the Admissions Office by the March 1 deadline in order to maintain priority
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
website a wcsu.edu/finaid/forms.
- Verification documents requested
must be received by the
Office of Financial Aid & Student Employment by the
timeline indicated in the email notification.
- Please do not submit additional
documents unless they are requested.
Financial Aid Award Offer
Award notifications are sent to the email included on your
Follow the instructions provided to accept or decline your
financial aid award offer.
provided 3 weeks from the date of notification to
accept or decline.
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.
Make note of specific award messages.
Quick Reference Guide for assistance.
Additional Financing Options
Federal Direct Student Loans are automatically awarded to students in their maximum eligible
If there are additional financing needs, the following options are available:
- Parent PLUS Loans are available to parents of
dependent students students at
Parent PLUS Loan applications for 2017-2018 are
available after April 1, 2017. In order to
apply, a valid FAFSA must be on file.
- Private Educational Loans are also
available. A listing or private loans and
lenders cane be access at
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.