Common concerns: FAQ by parents

General information

How does WMU define full-time and part-time status?

Full-time undergraduate students are defined by credit hours enrolled in a given semester or session as follows: Fall or Spring semester Undergraduate 12 hours; Summer I/Summer II Session Undergraduate 6 hours

For all graduate students taking courses for a stated degree or certificate program, six hours constitutes full-time status, and three hours constitutes half-time status in Fall and Spring semesters. In the Summer I and Summer II sessions, three hours in either session constitutes full-time status for that session and two hours constitutes half-time status

Is there a calendar available for specific semester dates?

You can view University calendars online at The University retains the right to make changes.

How can I get information on student aid?

Student aid is available in many different areas has areas of specific help to students. Make that your first place to look. If you are looking for financial aid information, try

I have questions concerning on-campus housing, who should I contact?

  • Residence Hall Life (269) 387-4735
  • WMU Campus apartments (269) 387-2175
  • Housing and dining services at

Where can I get my questions answered concerning my student's tuition/bill?

Students can log in to the GoWMU portal with their user name and Western ID number. From the Home tab they can click on the Payment and Account Information link. This is the place students can manage their student account activity; view invoices and statements, make payments, and set up authorized users (parents, employers, etc.).

How can my student give me access to view/pay the tuition bill?

See information on how your student can create an authorized user on their account.

Where can I get information regarding WMU's Michigan Residency Policy?

For information regarding residency, read The Residency Policy of Western Michigan University.

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1903 W Michigan Ave
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5256 USA
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