To receive help completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), attend one of the FAFSA Frenzy events! To view the dates and times for the FAFSA Frenzy events, visit the student events calendar. Have other questions? Please contact us at:
Western offers financial aid to those who qualify. Financial aid includes federal grants, loans, and work-study, as well as state grants. To determine eligibility, you must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
The FAFSA filing application processing cycle lasts 21 months; October 1 through June 30. (Example for 2022-23 school year, the filing dates would be October 1, 2021 through June 30, 2023). Western must have a valid student electronic FAFSA record by their last date of enrollment for that school year. (I.e. a student is enrolled from September 6, 2022 through April 21, 2023. We MUST have this student's FAFSA record by April 21, 2023 in order for financial aid to be disbursed.)
Because aid is awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis, you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. We recommend that you submit the FAFSA by Western’s preferred filing dates to be considered for all eligible aid, although the FAFSA can be completed throughout the academic year.
For Fall Term: January 15
For Spring Term: October 15
For Summer Term: February 15
Important Information for Completing the FAFSA
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You must be accepted into a financial aid eligible program at Western to receive aid. You can complete the admissions application either before or after completing the FAFSA; however, please note that your financial aid award package will not be determined until you have applied and accepted into your program.
Western must have your correct, complete FAFSA information by your last day of enrollment or no later than June 30th of the school year you're attending, whichever occurs first.
To complete the FAFSA, you will need to request a federal student aid ID (FSA ID) to sign electronically. If you don’t already have one, you can create one at studentaid.gov/fsa-id.
Western's federal school code is 003840.
FAFSA Year Varies by Term
When applying for financial aid, please choose the appropriate FAFSA year:
The federal processing center will do an initial review of your FAFSA and then send it to Western. After Western’s Financial Aid Resources and Planning Services reviews your application, an email will be sent to you indicating your next steps.
See the detailed Financial Aid Checklist for more information.
Visit the Federal Student Aid website for answers to common questions such as:
Do I need to provide my parent’s information on the FAFSA?
Who is considered my parent when I complete the FAFSA?
Do I need to complete a FAFSA each year?
Verification is the process your school uses to confirm that the data reported on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form is accurate. If you’re selected for verification, Western will request additional documentation that supports the information you reported. All requested documents will be listed on your MyFinAid account. To access this account, log into your MyWestern and click the MyFinAid link.
Western will not award or disburse financial aid until verification is complete and all corrections are received. It is the student’s responsibility to submit all documents requested prior to the end of the enrollment period. If a student fails to submit all documents requested, their financial aid will be placed on hold and will not be processed.