We are pleased to assist you in obtaining a financial aid award to
attend Central Washington University. The aid offer is contingent on your
eligibility at the time of disbursement.
IMPORTANT! You must accept or decline your Student Aid at www.cwu.edu, MyCWU > Sign In > Financial Toolbox > Accept/Decline Awards. Requires CWU ID and password.
Please Note: Summer 2016 aid is based on the 2015- 2016 FAFSA. Summer information and application is available spring quarter at www.cwu.edu/financial-aid Please submit the summer application as soon as you enroll for summer quarter.
Typical Cost of Attendance (COA):
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Expected Family Contribution (EFC):
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) data is used to calculate an "Expected Family Contribution" (EFC). This assessment of assets, prior year income, and personal information determines the amount the family is expected to contribute from its resources to meet the student’s cost of attendance. If you have experienced a significant reduction of income compared to the previous year, please document the change and contact our office.
The financial “NEED” is the difference between CWU’s estimated "Cost of Attendance" (COA) and the Federal determination of the EFC.
COA – EFC = Need
Your award may include government sponsored grants, work study employment, and subsidized loan if you have “need.” Central attempts, with limited funds, to offer aid up to the COA. Unsubsidized student loan and parent loan may be offered to cover EFC and unmet COA.
See www.cwu.edu/financial-aid for additional information.
SEOG (Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant)
Direct Loans - Include:
Federal Work Study
Washington State Need Grant (WSNG)
Washington Scholar, WAVE, and Future Teacher
Passport to College
State Work Study
Tuition awards are given for merit, recruitment, need, dependents/spouses of deceased or disabled veterans, firefighters and police, and certain dependents of CWU employees. See details at www.cwu.edu/financial-aid Scholarships- see www.cwu.edu/scholarships
Send an official final academic transcript to Admissions. We cannot disburse aid until Admissions has your final transcript.
Mid-year transfers; please contact your prior school immediately to inform them you are transferring and ask them to cancel any pending aid.
Student jobs are listed on the Student Job Board, located on Human Resources - Student Employment Website. Bring appropriate original ID to the Student Employment Office to complete the I-9 form before you begin to work. www.cwu.edu/student-employment
Work-Study is a need-based financial aid employment award and is available to undergraduates, post-baccalaureates and graduates during the academic year. Hourly wages begin at minimum wage and go up to $15+ per hour, depending on job duties. If you have financial aid need that is not filled with grants and scholarships, or have a subsidized loan, you are probably eligible. Eligible students will receive the Work Study Personnel Action Form in the mail soon after the initial financial aid award if you checked on the FAFSA that you are interested in Work Study. If you did not indicate interest on the FAFSA but would like Work Study, see a Financial Aid Counselor. Go to the Student Employment Website www.cwu.edu/student-employment for more information and to search the online Job Board. Contact Student Employment or Financial Aid if you have questions.
Summer is the fourth quarter of the aid year; summer 2014 aid will require a 2014-2015 FAFSA.
Summer information and application is available spring
quarter at www.cwu.edu/financial-aid
You are required to report all resources such as scholarships, guaranteed sources, and DVR. We will make necessary adjustments. It is always our policy and intention to make adjustments to the best advantage of the student if possible. Financial Aid is credited to your account by the third day of class if you are pre-enrolled in 12 credits (10 if Masters). Adjustments are made for less than full-time enrollment on Census date (immediately following add/drop). Please see www.cwu.edu/student-accounts for Refund day. Students who receive financial aid funds and consider withdrawing during the quarter should meet with a Financial Aid Counselor prior to withdrawal to discuss resulting financial obligations. Complete withdrawal always results in Financial aid suspension, but may be appealed for special circumstances. Please review the Return of Funds Policy carefully before making a decision.
A grade of No-Show (NS) can result in some or all aid being canceled, creating an immediate amount due.
See IRS Publication 970.
Information on tax credits and other issues related to financial aid can be found at: www.irs.gov
FAFSA School Code: 003771
The 2017-2018 FAFSA will be available beginning on October 1, 2016.Oct 1, 2016 - Feb 1, 2017
The General Scholarship Application opens October 1st and closes February 1st.Kidney Donation Transforms Strangers Into Friends
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