When returning to school, funding your education is one of the top considerations. There are several options to consider that will save you money (and some that will also save time)!
Financial Aid Eligibility Requirements and the Application Process
Federal Financial Aid includes grants, loans and scholarships. Qualifying is easy, and is not dependent on your credit score. General eligibility requirements can be reviewed on the Federal Student Aid website at https://studentaid.ed.gov/eligibility/basic-criteria. Here are a few basics to keep in mind:
- Eligibility is determined through an application process. So, your first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Even if you doubt your eligibility, apply. Approximately 90% of those who apply qualify for some form of aid. A step-by-step guide through the application process can be found at https://www.wku.edu/financialaid/applyfa.php.
- Distance learning courses are treated the same as face-to-face courses. Once your application is approved, you may elect to take web, on demand or face-to-face courses. Distance courses through On Demand require same semester completion and an On Demand Agreement (https://www.wku.edu/financialaid/il.php).
- You must be classified as a degree-seeking student to qualify. Degree seeking normally refers to an associate, baccalaureate or master degree. However, some stand-alone certificates are also eligible.
- Certificate Program Eligibility: As a general rule, if you are seeking an undergraduate certificate (certificate only; no degree), the program must require at least 16 credit hours, 15 weeks of instruction and be clearly tied to a profession. If you are seeking a graduate certificate (certificate only; no degree), the program must require at least 8 credit hours, 10 weeks of instruction and be clearly tied to a profession. For additional information on certificate eligibility, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Certificates may also be earned in conjunction with degrees at the associate, baccalaureate and master levels. Degree seeking students at the associate, bachelor and master levels will be awarded financial aid based on the primary degree listed.
- You must be registered at least half-time to receive aid (6 credit hours for undergrad students; 4.5 credit hours for grad students).
- You must meet federal and state regulations regarding Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) to remain eligible. The complete SAP Policy is available at https://www.wku.edu/financialaid/sap.php.
- The WKU School Code for the FAFSA application is 002002.
Veterans and Active Military
WKU is a military friendly school. Veterans and active military are required to file additional forms for military tuition assistance. The Office of Veterans Affairs unit that helps ensure all appropriate information is on file. For additional information visit https://www.wku.edu/veteran/ or email email@example.com.
Senior Citizen Scholarships
Kentucky residents who are 65 years of age or older on or before the day the semester begins are granted Senior Citizen Scholarships for any undergraduate or graduate college class in which they enroll for credit or to audit in accordance with KRS 164.284. For additional information, contact the Billings and Receivables Office at (270) 745-6381 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Accepting your Award: http://www.wku.edu/online/documents/accepting_fin_aid.pdf
- WKU Student Financial Assistance | Email: email@example.com | Phone: 270-745-2755 | Website: www.wku.edu/financialaid
- Guide to Financial Aid: http://www.finaid.org
- FAFSA Worksheets, Tips and Pointers: https://studentaid.ed.gov/fafsa/filling-out
- Student Aid: Types, who qualifies and how to apply: https://studentaid.ed.gov
- Scholarships: How to find them, how to apply, and types of scholarships: https://studentaid.ed.gov/types/grants-scholarships/finding-scholarships
- WKU Online's article on filing early to reduce long-term debt: http://wkuonline.wordpress.com/2015/01/13/one-simple-step-to-reduce-your-college-debt/.
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