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Student financial aid determines your awards from the information that you and your family supplied to the federal processor on the FAFSA.
Award priority is given to:
To determine the types and amounts of awards for which you may be eligible, WMU considers the following:
Your residency status for establishing the type of aid for which you are eligible (some aid programs are limited to Michigan residents only) is determined by the information indicated on the FAFSA. To be considered a resident who is eligible for in-state tuition, a student must be in continuous physical presence in this state for one year (12 consecutive months) immediately preceding the first day of classes of the term for which resident status is sought. The student must intend to make Michigan his/her permanent home and have no domicile elsewhere. The year of continuous presence is never the only criterion used for determining in-state residency status and, by itself, will not qualify a student for residency status at Western.
The complete residency policy and application can be found on the Office of Business and Finance website under Miscellaneous -- Residency Classification.
Your dependency status for financial aid purposes is determined by how you answered questions in Step 3 of the FAFSA. If you answered "yes" to one or more of the questions, you are considered independent. If you answered "no" to all of the questions, you are considered dependent. Your dependency status determines the maximum federal direct loan limits for which you are eligible and whether or not you are eligible for a federal direct parent loan (PLUS). If you have answered "no" to all the questions in Step 3 and you have extenuating circumstances which prohibit you from obtaining parental data requested on the FAFSA, you can complete a dependency override appeal and submit it to the student financial aid.
If your dependency status is changed from independent to dependent based upon corrections made to your FAFSA in Step 3 by you or a school, your FAFSA may be considered "rejected" until parental information is provided. If you were awarded prior to the correction, your awards may be adjusted after parental information is received.
Your class level and admission status determines the maximum federal direct loan limits for which you are eligible and your eligibility for grants & scholarships, work-study and a federal perkins loan. The different categories of class level/admission status are:
Your class level as an undergraduate student admitted into a degree granting program with no prior degree is determined by the number of credit hours you have completed.
Second bachelor's degree/Permanent teacher certification
The semesters for which you are enrolled and your enrollment status (full-time versus less than-full-time) affect the aid programs for which you are eligible and your estimated cost of attendance. WMU assumes full-time enrollment for fall and spring when estimating financial aid awards.
Your award amounts may be affected in the following enorllment situations:
Enrolled less than full-time
Enrolled less than half-time
Enrolled in summer I or summer II
Graduating in August or December
Undergraduate becoming a graduate student
The estimated cost of attendance is used solely for financial aid awarding and includes tuition, fees, room, board, books, supplies, personal expenses, travel and loan fees and is estimated based upon averages for each category. These numbers are not reflective of actual or projected costs. Actual tuition, fees, and university housing costs are published each year (generally after July 1) and are subject to approval by the WMU Board of Trustees approval. Factors considered are residency status, class level and admission status, planned enrollment, and housing options of on-campus, off-campus or living with parents.
Financial aid may be awarded up to the cost of attendance. If you receive awards, including outside scholarships, that exceed the COA, your awards may be adjusted or canceled.
View the COA budgets here.
Your estimated cost may be increased to allow for additional school related expenses, such as:
- child care
- additional fees/costs for specific courses
- purchasing a computer
Please contact Bronco Express to discuss possible adjustments to your Cost of Attendance and/or financial aid award. 269 387-6000.
The information you indicated on the FAFSA and federal methodology determine your EFC and the types of aid programs for which you are eligible. If a change occurs to your EFC after you have been awarded financial aid, your awards may be adjusted or revoked. Your EFC may change due to verification, FAFSA corrections, or an adjustment of family contribution appeal.
You must report your additional resources to Student Financial Aid. The receipt of some resources may affect your eligibility for funding. If the federal, state or WMU aid has already been paid to your account when the notification of other resources is received, the paid aid may be reduced or canceled before the other resources are applied. Other resources include the following:
WMU must monitor the program eligibility requirements for all financial aid awarded to students. Your awards may need to be adjusted or canceled if we receive notification of any change in your residency status, dependency status, class level & admission status, planned enrollment, estimated cost of attendance, expected family contribution (EFC), or other resources.
Also, if you are not maintaining your eligibility, your awards may be canceled.
If you are receiving other resources, be sure you keep and understand any written information you have received regarding the eligibility criteria for those other resources. If you have not received any information (or you have lost it), contact the appropriate department, agency or donor and request a copy of the eligibility requirements.
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