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Helping you navigate college finances

Student Financial Aid at WMU can ease the process of financing your education. It all starts with filing your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year.

We’re here for you

Affordability may play a large part in your college selection process. That’s why it’s important to explore every opportunity for merit- and need-based aid available to you. From scholarships to grants to student loans, we can walk you through the types of financial aid and the entire process to help you get the financial support you need.

  • Attended orientation and have further financial aid questions? View our orientation presentation for further information.
  • Returning students who filed a FAFSA have been packaged for the 2024-25 academic year. To view your interactive offer letter, check your WMU email and view on goWMU.


Pride points

  • 99% of full-time undergraduate students with financial need received aid

    2023-24 Common Data Set

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  • $90,920 for Medallion Scholars, which is among the largest merit-based scholarship programs

  • 9 of 10 Broncos are employed quickly, working in their field in jobs they like

    2022-23 Career Outcomes Report

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Find support whenever you need it

No matter where you are currently in your academic journey, Student Financial Aid at WMU can help you find the right financial aid support. You can use the resources below to help you and your family make the best informed financial decision.

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    Offering drop-in assistance for students trying to take care of everyday business, Bronco Express is a great place to get your questions about financial aid answered.

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    A holistic and inclusive approach that provides guidance, counseling and advice regarding personal finances for students and families.

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    Estimate the combined net cost of tuition, fees, books and other costs, minus your estimated financial aid.

Student quote

  • “The Empowering Futures Housing Scholarship allowed for me to have a true full ride and go to college and pursue my dreams, and I am forever grateful."

    Elizabeth Kozen, biomedial sciences major (from Utica, Michigan)

Explore types of financial aid

So what are the right financial aid options for you? A scholarship? Grant? Loan? Student employment? A combination of these? Find out more about all the types of financial aid available to you now.

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    Scholarships and grants are types of financial aid that do not need to be repaid. They’re a great way to pay for your education and may reduce the need for student loans.

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    Western makes it easy to find, prep and apply for scholarships to put toward your education.

  • Students looking at a computer outside on campus.

    Our team will provide insight and advice about taking out federal and private student loans, including the different types of loans and repayment options.

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    Students who qualify can earn additional federal funds to support their education through working part time either on or off campus.

Current students

As a current student, your financial situation may have changed since you first enrolled. If that’s the case and you need to alter your current aid package, the Student Financial Aid office is here to help.

Contact us

If you have any other questions or would like to speak with one of our helpful representatives, please visit Bronco Express or contact us at the link below. Our drop-in hours are Monday through Thursday 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m. to noon. Our phone hours are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at (269) 387-6000. Please visit our Consumer Information webpage for institutional and financial aid information.