You completed the FAFSA and received your student aid report. Next? You will receive your WMU award letter. If you're a new student, this letter will be mailed to your home. If you're a returning student, you will be notified through GoWMU.
Your award letter will tell you just how much aid you can expect to receive from WMU. Your awards are based on several things, including the information you and your family supplied on the FAFSA, your residency and your planned enrollment. Get complete information on how awards are determined here.
Awarding for new students will begin on or before March 31 for the upcoming year. Awarding for returning students will begin on or before June 5.
The U.S. Department of Education requires that we send new, undergraduate students who are veterans a standardized financial aid shopping sheet. If you fit this requirement, you will receive an email with a link to your shopping sheet in GoWMU. This federal information supplements your official WMU financial aid award information. See more about the federal shopping sheet here.
You can cancel or reduce federal loans that have not disbursed to your WMU account. You may also cancel or reduce your federal loans after they have disbursed. However, if they have disbursed, the adjustment form must be received within 30 days of the date of disbursement. Canceling or reducing a disbursed loan may result in a balance due on your WMU account.
Sometimes, your award may not cover all of your expenses. Or, your situation may have changed since filing your FAFSA. See complete details about when and how your aid can be adjusted on our page for special circumstances.
Not sure what your award letter actually says? Keep reading for the translation into everyday English.
Financial Aid Program
This is the first column of your award information. Financial aid programs can include grants, federal student loans and work-study, as well as other state aid. These programs all have various eligibility requirements. Our awarding is based primarily on the information provided on your FAFSA. Here are some common programs.
WMU breaks the school year into four terms. Financial aid is based on your estimated full-time enrollment. Most students enroll for fall and spring semesters. You may also enroll for classes during summer II and summer I. Both of these terms require an additional financial aid application. Your award letter shows your aid by semester.
Total financial aid
This is the bottom row of the table that shows your award package details. It shows you the total financial aid you have been awarded for each semester. The very last box shows your complete award amount. This amount may change if you have additional scholarships or outside resources to report. Your total financial aid does not include a federal parent loan (PLUS), which is another type of financial aid you may be eligible for.
Some students will be selected for verification. If you have been selected, we will contact you through your Western email. If selected, you will be required to submit additional documentation detailing household and other information. You need to turn in all requested documents as soon as possible to avoid any delay in processing your aid. Some financial aid awards are time sensitive, and could be reduced or revoked if you do not complete the verification process. For more information, visit our verification page.
For more details, view the satisfactory academic progress fact sheet.
You can change your award by completing the financial aid adjustment form.
Updated: 02/11/2015 3:41 PM
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