Applying for Financial Aid

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Applying for Financial Aid

The 2017-2018 Financial Aid Year runs June 2017-May 2018

If you will be attending Summer 2017, Fall 2017 or Spring 2018, you will need to complete the 2017-2018 FAFSA.

Click the following link for an online - FAFSA Tutorial

The following is a step by step guide to the financial aid process:

  1. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.ed.gov
  • Create a FSA ID at https://fsaid.ed.gov.  The FSA ID serves as your electronic signature, you will need to remember your FSA ID for future use.
  • 005291 WMCC’s School Code.
  • If you prefer to file a paper FAFSA, please contact FAFSA directly to request an application (800-433-3243). The paper FAFSA takes 4-6 weeks to process compared to one week when filed online

       2. Your Student Aid Report (SAR), which is a record of the information you submitted on the FAFSA, should arrive via email approximately one week after the date your FAFSA was filed online. If you do not receive your SAR, call 1-800-433-3243. (This report is for your records only; WMCC will receive a copy electronically.)

  • Review your SAR for any incorrect information. Corrections can be made by logging into your FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
  • The Financial Aid Office will contact you via mail IF additional information is required after your FAFSA is received.
  • Note: If additional information is requested, your financial aid cannot be determined until that information is received and processed. Therefore, please submit any required information as soon as possible.

      3. You must be accepted into an eligible certificate or degree program prior to being awarded financial aid. You should receive an award letter which lists your estimated financial aid approximately three-four weeks after you are accepted into an eligible certificate or degree program AND your SAR information is received at WMCC.

  • If you complete your FAFSA before mid April, you will not receive your award letter until the end of May or three-four weeks after you have submitted all required documentation.
  • If you are awarded student loans as part of your financial aid package, go to https://studentloans.gov/ to complete your Loan Entrance Counseling and your Master Promissory Note (MPN). To sign your loan application, you will need your FSA ID.
  • Once you receive the award letter please accept/decline by signing and returning the award letter to the Financial Aid Office. You can also accept/decline your award online through the Student Information System (SIS). Instructions are included with your award letter.

Additional Notes of Interest:
Financial Aid refunds are usually not available until approximately 45 days into the semester.