Just about everyone qualifies for some type of financial aid -- whether that means grants, scholarships, student or parent loans, or work-study. Don't fall prey to the myth that you won't get help.
Apply for aid by completing the FAFSA online today.
If you want financial aid, which may include grants, loans, scholarships and work-study, you must meet certain eligibility requirements. You must be a regular admitted, degree-seeking student enrolled in courses at WMU. Once you have completed your degree requirements, you are no longer eligible for aid. Guest students are not eligible. Certificate programs generally are not eligible, unless you are completing hours for State Permanent Teacher Certification – then you are eligible for undergraduate student loans. Students enrolled in the certificate program SPADA (Speciality Program in Alcohol and Drug Abuse) are eligible for graduate level loans.
Print this handy hand-out about financial aid basics especially for prospective and new students and their families.
Students may be eligible for federal financial aid if they have a high school diploma or its equivalent. Equivalents at WMU include:
You must be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or an eligible non-citizen. Generally, you are an eligible non-citizen if you are:
If you want to remain eligible for federal and state financial aid programs, including work-study, you must also make satisfactory academic progress (SAP) toward your degree. Standards of satisfactory academic progress are applied to all students who wish to establish or maintain financial aid eligibility, regardless of whether they have received financial aid in the past.
The Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress state you must:
You can view the complete SAP policy online.
Your financial aid eligibility is also affected by additional factors, such as:
If you are a financial aid recipient contemplating a partial or complete withdrawal, it is highly recommended that you discuss your situation with a financial aid counselor before you withdraw. Withdrawing may impact your eligibility for current and future aid. Read more about withdrawing here.
According to federal regulations, coursework counts toward your enrollment and federal financial aid eligibility only twice if it is completed with a passing grade. The third attempt at a passed course will not count toward your federal aid eligibility. For example, if a student takes a class and passes it with a D both times, he might choose to take the class a third time in order to get a better grade. This third attempt does not count toward his enrollment for financial aid eligibility. Students must be enrolled at least half-time to be eligible for aid.
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