Parents and Families

Family posing with Buster Bronco.You play an important role in your student’s transition to college life. Below are helpful resources for parents and families of prospective and admitted Western Michigan University students.

Office of Family Engagement

As the parent of a new college student, we understand how staying connected and involved in your student’s education is important. The WMU Office of Family Engagement is available to support WMU families.

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It’s no secret that a college degree is a significant investment. Learn about the cost of attendance at WMU and estimate your student’s expenses with our cost of attendance calculator.

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Family posing with Buster Bronco.Financial aid checklist

This handy checklist can help you be sure your student has taken care of all the important steps in the WMU financial aid process.

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Admitted student checklist

Congratulations to your admitted student! Now it’s time to take the next steps to becoming a Bronco. Use our checklist to be sure your student is on the right track.

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confirming admission

Your student can reserve their place at WMU by completing the Intent to Enroll form and paying the $100 enrollment confirmation deposit (preferably before May 1), or requesting a deposit waiver. This fee confirms your student's enrollment and is applied to their fall semester tuition. Both steps can be completed in their Gold Gateway account

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Student services

Because WMU is a large university, we offer many services for our students. From academic success programs to Sindecuse Health Center, learn about all the important services your student will have available to them as a Bronco.

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