Overview of the Financial Aid Process

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 finaid@westernu.edu.

We look forward to assisting you!

Applying for Aid –


Step 1: Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is open for submission annually each October 1st.  The income used on the FAFSA will be from two years prior to the application year, referred to as “Prior-Prior Year” (PPY). Eligible students may use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to import their tax information.   
  • 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.
  • Western University of Health Sciences (WesternU) school code is 024827
  • Getting Documents Needed to Apply
  • Check out this YouTube video


Step 2:  Review Student Budget/Cost of Attendance

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 instruct you to login to your Student YOU Portal to review the list of requirements that need to be completed prior to disbursement of loan funds.


Step 4:   Financial Aid Offer of Award

  • An email from our office will be sent to your WesternU email account with instructions on where to accept/decline your financial aid offer.


  • Packaging and Award Policy
    • Students at WesternU are packaged and offered an award 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.  

Students are awarded the maximum allowable in the Federal Direct Loan program’s as per their program and the Department of Education


Step 5:   Disbursements Schedule

  • Disbursement schedules are based on the student’s program enrollment terms (fall and spring or fall, spring, and summer terms).
  • 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 and then the remainder of it will be deposited to your checking account.
  • To view your disbursement schedule, please Login to your Student YOU Portal.


Step 6:  Meet with a Financial Aid Counselor

  • All incoming students will receive an email with instructions to schedule their mandatory New Student Interview (NSI)  as group meeting (via Teams).


Related Sites:


Financial Literacy

Federal Student Aid

Federal Direct Loan Interest Rates

Understanding Repayment










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