NEW STUDENTS: You may receive an ESTIMATED award letter from the Financial Aid Office. Please remember an ESTIMATED award letter is just that - an estimate. Your final award letter may be greater or lesser than your estimated award letter based on the other information we receive from you. Final award letters will be sent after all requested documents are submitted and reviewed by the Financial Aid Office.
Once the FAFSA and the WWCFAA (and all requested verification materials) are received, a final Award Letter will be prepared and mailed to you at the address on file with the Admission Office (new students) or the Registrar's Office (currently enrolled students).
The Financial Aid Office awards need-based aid, which means that it is contingent on the results of the FAFSA and the WWCFAA. Your award will consist of the Federal Direct Loan (either Subsidized, Unsubsidized, or a combination of both) and work earnings (Federal Work-Study, Federal Work College, or Institutional). In addition, depending on need, you may be eligible for WWC institutional need-based scholarship money, Federal grant funds, or state aid programs.
WWC students are eligible to participate in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, or Vermont state grant programs depending upon residency, eligibility, and having met the state's FAFSA application deadline.
The Financial Aid Office will discuss this award and any resulting questions with the student and parent(s) whose tax information is disclosed on the FAFSA. The award will be discussed with other parties only after receiving written permission from the student and the custodial parent(s). The custodial parent is that biological or step-parent whose asset/income information has been reported on the FAFSA.
In order to accept your financial aid, you will need to sign and return the Financial Aid Award Letter to the Financial Aid Office within three weeks of receipt of your aid package (faxes and scanned copies are not accepted). Please remember that only the student may sign their acceptance of the award.
If you wish to accept the loans that are offered, first time borrowers must complete a Master Promissory Note and Entrance Counseling at www.studentloans.gov.
If you wish to decline the offered student loan, cross through the loan on the Award Letter and initial beside your correction. If you wish to borrow a lesser amount than has been offered, cross through the loan amount, write in the amount that you would like to borrow, and initial your correction.