Financial aid award guide

Required reading about the conditions of your financial aid awards.

 Your responsibilities

Changes for 2021-22 aid applicants

Filing your FAFSA? There's an app for that! Download the new myStudentAid app to fill out your FAFSA quickly and easily from your phone. The app simplifies the process, which can be completed in as few as fifteen minutes, or you can save your progress and finish your FAFSA when it's convenient for you. 

File the 2021-22 FAFSA using 2019 income and tax information—Use the IRS Data Retrieval tool when you file your 2021-22 FAFSA and your 2019 income and tax information will be added automatically. 

Keeping your awards

Maintaining financial aid eligibility is an annual process. Not only must you reapply for financial aid every year, but our office is required to monitor your eligibility throughout each year.

  • Your participation in each course must be confirmed by each instructor. Your aid may be reduced or canceled if your participation is not confirmed.
  • You must maintain at least half-time enrollment to remain eligible for most types of financial aid funds.
  • You must maintain satisfactory academic progress toward your degree or certificate.
  • You must complete courses. Withdrawing from one class or all classes can negatively affect your eligibility to retain the funds awarded and/or disbursed to you.

Do you have a financial aid plan?

A good academic plan includes calculating how much financial aid will be available to you. Federal aid and many WSU scholarships and grants have annual and lifetime limits.

Federal Pell Grant limits: Receipt of the Federal Pell Grant is limited to 12 semesters of awards for full-time enrollment.

Federal loan limits: Federal Direct Loans (subsidized and unsubsidized) have annual and lifetime limits. Once you reach the limits, you will be ineligible to borrow additional loans. In general, you may not receive subsidized loans for more than 150% of the published length of your program. If you lose eligibility for subsidized loans, the federal interest subsidy on the loans end and you become responsible for paying the interest.

If you want to take advantage of the reduced summer tuition rate and plan to pay with loan funds, borrow less than your maximum loan eligibility limit in the fall and winter.

WSU grant limits: The WSU Promise Grant is awarded for four consecutive years to new freshmen and for two consecutive years for new transfer students. Grant recipients are required to pass 24 credits each academic year and maintain satisfactory academic progress.

WSU scholarship limits: Most scholarships are awarded to new freshmen for four years only and to new transfer students for two years only. Recipients are required to pass 30 credits each academic year.

Using Academica

Under Student Resources, click the Financial Aid link

Check your requirements

Accept your awards

Check your satisfactory academic progress status

Review your overall aid status

Messages about your aid

Select your aid year 

  • The 2020-21 academic year includes fall 2020, winter 2021, and spring/summer 2021.
  • The 2021-22 academic year includes fall 2021, winter 2022, and spring/summer 2022.