Welcome to Financial Aid at Western! The goal of the financial aid office staff is to help you fund your college education. We are able to help you do this with the many scholarships, grants and loan programs that we offer. In fact, we awarded over 8.1 million dollars in financial aid during the 2012-2013 academic year.
The funding we use to award scholarships and grants include federal, state, institutional, foundation and private funding sources. So, if you have a talent that makes you an excellent scholar, athlete, actor, dancer, singer, artist, welder, student leader (and many others!); you just might be able to utilize that talent to secure a scholarship to help fund your education at Western. Take advantage of the funding that we have available and apply today.
It is a fairly simple process, however, if you have questions or need assistance please give us a call. We will be happy to help. Good luck and we hope to see you on campus soon!
For instructions on how to accept your aid through your campus cruiser account, click here.
Rights and Responsibilities
All students receiving financial aid are required to adhere to the Academic Standards for financial aid recipients. Awards are reviewed after each semester and considered for renewal. Renewal is required via the appropriate application following every Spring semester.
Upon request the Financial Aid Office will provide the following types of information: 1) descriptions of aid programs available to students enrolled; 2) procedures for applying for aid; 3) criteria for awarding aid; 4) rights and responsibilities of students receiving aid; 5) comprehensive costs; 6) description of academic programs and facilities; 7) loan repayment terms and schedules.
Verification Policies and Procedures for Federal Student Aid Applications
1. Conditions requiring verification
An applicant will be required to verify, or validate by documentation, application information if the application is selected for verification in the federal processing and edit system. An application may also be selected for verification if the Financial Aid Office has reason to believe that any application information critical to the calculation of the student‘s expected family contribution is inaccurate.
2. Notice of verification requirement
If an application is selected for verification, the Financial Aid Office will give the applicant timely written notice of the fact. The notice will specify what items of information must be verified, will detail what documents and procedures are required for verification, will specify the time period within which the applicant shall provide the required documentation, and will advise the applicant of the consequences of the applicant‘s failure to comply within the specified period.
3. Deadline for submission of verification document
While the time period granted the applicant for completion of required documentation may vary with the complexity of the requirements and with the time remaining in the school term for which funding is sought, the deadline for submission of verification documents must be at least 30 days prior to the end of the school term for which funding is sought, to allow for processing (and correction if needed) before the end of the term to be funded.
4. Consequences of failure to comply with verification requirements
Should the applicant fail to provide required documentation within the specified time period, the Financial Aid Office must consider the application invalid, and the applicant will forfeit eligibility for assistance from the federal Title IV, and any other, student aid programs for the program year for which the invalid application was filed.
5. Notice of results of verification
If the verification documents provided within the specified time period confirm the accuracy of all application items requiring verification, the application is finalized and, if all other requirements have been met, an award letter is sent to the applicant. If the verification documents reveal inaccuracies in the application, the Financial Aid Office will resubmit corrected data to the federal processor. If incomplete or inadequate verification documents are submitted, the applicant is notified of deficiencies and instructed how to correct them. The applicant will be notified of his/her eligibility or non-eligibility by letter.
6. Fraudulent application information
Should review of an application for Title IV student aid indicate that the applicant may have engaged in fraud or other criminal misconduct in connection with his/her application, the Financial Aid Office must refer for investigation all relevant information to the Office of the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Education. Examples of such information include false claims of independent student status, false claims of citizenship, use of false identities, forgery of signatures or certificates, and false statements of income.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.