Overview of WesternU Financial Aid Process
Welcome! The information below is to provide you with a quick overview on how financial aid is processed at our office
If you have any questions or feedback, please contact our office at (909) 469-5353 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to assisting you!
Changes to Federal Student Aid
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will be available three months earlier than previously; for the 2017-2018 award year, students will be able to submit a FAFSA as early as October 1, 2016. Western University will begin processing in January and have awards available by mid-April. This permanent change is coined the term “Early FAFSA” by the Department of Education.
Additionally, the income used on the FAFSA will be from two years prior to the application year, referred to as “Prior-Prior Year” (PPY), rather than only one year prior to the application year. For the 2017-2018 award year, eligible students may use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to import their 2015 tax information.
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Step 1: Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- Create a Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID
- This FSA ID is used to sign your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online.
- If you have an existing FSA ID you are not required to create another one.
- Application opens October 1st annually
- WesternU’s school code is 024827
- Getting Documents Needed to Apply
Step 3: Requirements
After you are admitted to the University, an email from our office will be sent to your WesternU email account. This email will list the requirements that need to be completed prior to disbursement of loan funds.
Step 4: Financial Aid Award
You will receive an email with instructions on where to accept/decline your financial aid award.
Step 5: Disbursements Schedule
The financial aid amount you’ve accepted will be disbursed to your Student Account. Loan funds will first be used to pay for tuition and fees. The remainder of it will be deposited to your checking account.
You will receive an email with instructions to make an appointment with a Counselor. This 20 – 25 minute meeting is required for new students and first time loan borrowers.
Packaging and Award Policy
Students at Western University of Health Sciences are packaged and awarded as independent graduate students. There are no Grants available to graduate students. Resources such as gift aid, scholarships, Military and the National Health Service Corps will be taken into consideration first when packaging and awarding students. All eligible students are then awarded in the unsubsidized loan and the balance in the Grad PLUS loan to meet the maximum of their budget.