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Financial Aid Checklist

Welcome to Student Financial Aid. Keep track of your financial aid to-do list using our checklist. If you need help, dial the help line experts at Bronco Express, (269) 387-6000. Or, you can also email your questions to See your financial aid award and payment information on GoWMU! Billing questions? Sometimes your financial aid award doesn't cover your entire bill for the semester. You can see your billing information anytime on GoWMU. The most current statement is available after the 15th of every month. For questions about what you owe, how to pay, or payment plans, check out Accounts Receivable online.

  1. Financial Aid Application Process

    • First-time applicants: Request a FSA ID. Get one for you and one for your parents at
    • Everyone: File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, every year. Do it faster on the Web at Some aid is awarded until it's gone, so apply early. March 1 is the priority date for Michigan aid.
    • First-time applicants: Be admitted to a degree program and submit all required transcripts.
    • Everyone: Watch your Western email. You will be notified if you have application requirements to complete. Get the details on GoWMU.
    • First-time applicants: Complete the Payment Authorization and Electronic Process consent when you logon to GoWMU for the first time.
  2. After You Receive Your Award Letter

    • Everyone: Watch your Western email. Review your award payment schedule on GoWMU. Complete any tasks, turn in any documents as directed.
    • Everyone: Decline or reduce any student or parent loans you do not want using the Financial Aid Adjustment Form located in GoWMU.
    • First-time borrowers: Complete a Master Promissory Note for your student or parent loans at Get more information on our website, and on GoWMU.
    • First-time borrowers: Complete the required direct student loan entrance counseling at
    • Everyone: Report your private scholarships and additional resources for the year. Get the scholarship resource form online.
  3. Prior to Payment of Your Aid

    • Everyone: Continue to review your award and any missing requirements on GoWMU.
    • Everyone: Finalize your enrollment for the semester by the end of each semester's drop/add period.
  4. After Your Aid Pays

    • Everyone: Stay enrolled. Withdrawing from classes could result in the loss of your aid, and may affect future eligibility for aid.
    • Everyone: Complete your courses. You must make Satisfactory Academic Progress toward your degree to maintain eligibility for aid. Learn more about eligibility on our website, and check your status on GoWMU.

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Student Financial Aid
1903 W Michigan Ave
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5337 USA
269 387-6000