Scholarships and Grants

WAYS TO PAY FOR COLLEGE

Scholarships and Grants - Free money that you do not have to repay.
WMU offers need-based and merit-based scholarship opportunities. Learn what scholarships are available for first-time freshman students through the Office of Admissions. Some scholarships are also offered through departments and have various application times and deadlines. We encourage you to apply for as many scholarships for which you qualify.

Federal and Private Loans - Borrowed money that requires repayment.
If scholarships and grants do not cover all of your costs, you may consider loans. To qualify for federal loans, you must file a FAFSA each year you wish to receive loans. Federal loans include Federal Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans. You can also apply for private alternative loans that are applied for through banks and credit unions. Please view our Scholarship Resource document for external scholarship information.

Campus Based Employment - Earned money through on-campus employment.
Working is a great way to help pay for college. Be sure to file your FAFSA to see if you qualify for Federal Work-study. Campus employment is also available at WMU through the Office of Career and Student Employment Services.

Please note, you must be enrolled part- or full-time in order to receive any scholarships, grants and/or federal aid.

INCOMING FRESHMAN AND TRANSFER STUDENTS 

Incoming Freshman
To receive these scholarships, you must enroll the fall term immediately following high school graduation, unless otherwise noted. Students eligible for multiple scholarships will be awarded the one of highest value, unless otherwise noted.

Renewal criteria and deadlines vary. For information and questions regarding these scholarships, please contact Admissions at (269) 387-2000.

Please visit the Admissions page for more information and details regarding scholarships for incoming freshmen.

Transfer Students
Visit the Admissions site for more information on transfer scholarships.