Application Process

Western offers financial aid to those who qualify. Financial aid includes federal grants, loans, and work-study, as well as state grants. To determine eligibility, you must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

This FAFSA overview explains the process and offers several useful resources.

Because aid is awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis, you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. We recommend that you submit the FAFSA by Western’s preferred filing dates to be considered for all eligible aid, although the FAFSA can be completed throughout the academic year.

Preferred Dates

For Fall Term: January 15

For Spring Term: October 15

For Summer Term: February 15

Important Information for Completing the FAFSA

Apply for Admission

You must be accepted into a financial aid eligible program at Western to receive aid. You can complete the admissions application either before or after completing the FAFSA; however, please note that your financial aid award package will not be determined until you have applied and accepted into your program.

Western must have your correct, complete FAFSA information by your last day of enrollment or no later than June 30th of the school year you're attending, whichever occurs first.

FSA ID

To complete the FAFSA, you will need to request a federal student aid ID (FSA ID) to sign electronically. If you don’t already have one, request one at www.fsaid.edu.gov.

School Code

Western's federal school code is 003840.

FAFSA Year Varies by Term

When applying for financial aid, please choose the appropriate FAFSA year:

Trimester FAFSA Year
Spring 2017 2016-2017
Summer 2017 2016-2017
Fall 2017 2017-2018
Spring 2018 2017-2018
Summer 2018 2017-2018

What's Next?

The federal processing center will do an initial review of your FAFSA and then send it to Western. After Western’s Office of Student Financial Aid reviews your application, an email will be sent to you indicating your next steps.

See the detailed Financial Aid Checklist for more information.

FAQs

Visit the Federal Student Aid website for answers to common questions such as:

Do I need to provide my parent’s information on the FAFSA?

Who is considered my parent when I complete the FAFSA?

Do I need to complete a FAFSA each year?

Let us help

To set up an appointment to complete the FAFSA with a financial aid advisor, contact us at:

Remember the code!

Use Western’s FAFSA school code when you apply for any type of financial aid. Our code is 003840.