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Financial Aid Resources at WMU

If there is one thing we've learned from working with students and their families, it's that the financial aid process can be just as challenging to understand once you’ve applied for it, and that's why we're always here to assist you for all of your questions and concerns.

Here's a quick overview with information on how to check your financial aid status, submit forms and find details on some of the finer points of the process.

  • Find your Western Identification Number (WIN)
    1. Please visit goWMU.
    2. Log in with your Bronco NetID and temporary password (found on your admissions letter).
    3. Click "Apps."
    4. Click the "My User Information" tab.
  • Locate financial aid information on goWMU

    Log in to Self-Service and enter your Bronco NetID and Password. From there, you can access Financial Aid Requirements and view your Financial Aid Offer.

  • Add Authorized and Proxy Users

    At WMU, we respect the privacy of our students and their families. In an effort to ensure that personal information is not provided to any unauthorized user as required by federal law, students may choose to set a parent or third party up as an Authorized or Proxy User. Federal laws and regulations require students to authorize individuals whom they wish to have access to their information with the following options:

    1. Authorized Users have access to billing information. The relationship is managed by Accounts Receivable at (269) 387-4141.
    2. Proxy Users have access to financial aid and academic information. The relationship is managed by the Registrar's Office at (269) 387-4300.
  • A student meeting with a WMU staff member.

Connect with us

Our dedicated staff of experts are here to answer your questions and point you in the right direction so you can successfully and confidently navigate your financial aid process.

Contact us  

Forms, Direct Data Exchange and special circumstances

  • Forms: You can access electronic and PDF forms of appeals, verification documents and federal TEACH Grant applications here. Information on federal PLUS Loan applications and financial adjustment forms are also included on this page.

  • Direct Data Exchange When filing your FAFSA online, this tool imports tax data directly from the IRS to your FAFSA.

  • Special circumstances If your financial offer doesn't cover all of your expenses or your situation has changed since filing your FAFSA, you may fall under our special circumstances category.

For faculty and staff

If you are a WMU faculty or staff member and are looking for financial aid documents and information, you've come to the right place. Financial aid is a process governed by federal, state and University regulations. If you are working with a student who has questions about financial aid, please refer them to our webpage.

Learn more about faculty and staff resources  


Consumer information

As a school participating in federal student aid programs, WMU is required to disclose consumer information to all current and prospective students and the campus community.

This page provides institutional and financial aid information that must be disclosed, as required by the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended.

Explore the summary of consumer information topics and how to access them for further details.

Go to consumer info page  


Higher Education Emergency Relief Funding

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress on March 7, 2020. This bill allotted funds to provide fast and direct economic aid to the American people negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Funds were allocated to the Office of Postsecondary Education as the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). Because of HEERF, Western Michigan University has been able to financially assist students through these grant funds.

Learn more about relief funding  


Biden-Harris administration's student debt relief plan

On Aug. 24, 2022, the Biden-Harris administration and the U.S. Department of Education announced a federal student debt cancellation plan. According to the announcement, the U.S. Department of Education will provide up to $20,000 in debt cancellation to Pell Grant recipients with loans held by the Department of Education and up to $10,000 in debt cancellation to non-Pell Grant recipients.

The U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision blocking the one-time student debt relief plan. Student loan interest resumed on Sept. 1, 2023, with first payments expected in October 2023.

The Federal Student Aid website will update information and will be the source for further announcements.

Learn more about the debt relief plan