Financial Aid

How to Apply

We don’t make you travel the Eightfold Path to apply for financial aid here at UWest. It’s much simpler than that. Just fill out a few forms and make sure we get them along with your IRS info by May 1. For an Institutional Scholarship you’ll need to write an essay and provide references. All the details are below.

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Eligibility

Domestic students seeking Federal Financial Aid, must complete the following steps:

  1. Create your own Federal Student Aid User ID (http://fsaid.ed.gov), if you do not have one.
  2. Complete the 2017-2018 UWest Application for Financial Aid.
  3. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Application or Renewal FAFSA. (http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/) Students are encouraged to complete their FAFSA online as it allows the Financial Aid Office to access your information in a matter of days. The 2017-2018 FAFSA instructs students to identify the college(s) they have selected to receive their financial aid information by name and also by school code (036963). Each student is responsible for updating his/her address information and making any corrections via FAFSA on the Web, or by phone 1 (800) 433-3243 (Federal Student Aid Information Center).
  4. If selected for verification, student and/or parent need to choose to automatically transfer IRS income tax information into the FAFSA using IRS Data retrieval Tool.

All students applying for 2017-2018 Federal Financial Aid must have a FAFSA on file in the Financial Aid Office by May 1, 2018 to be eligible for aid consideration. The last day to apply for Federal Financial Aid for the 2016-2017 academic year is May 1, 2018.

Students who wish to be considered for Institutional Scholarships must submit the following:

  1. 2017-2018 UWest Application for Financial Aid;
  2. 2017-2018 UWest International Student Supplemental Application for Financial Aid; (International students only)
  3. A maximum one-thousand-word essay regarding applicant’s leadership experience, community service involvement and future plan; and
  4. References from previous direct supervisors from work, community leaders, or academic advisors/teachers. Two references are required for the President’s Scholarship, and one reference is required for the Dean’s Scholarship. References must be original and completed on the UWest Fellowship and Scholarship Reference Form, in a sealed envelope and signed by the referee.Note: Items #3 and #4 are not required for UWest Scholarship and Lotus Scholarship.

Deadline for applying for Institutional Financial Aid is:

  • April 1 of each award year.
  • New students can submit the UWest Application for Financial Aid when applying for admission.
  • Students are responsible for ensuring all documents are submitted on time. Applications submitted after the above-mentioned deadlines will only be considered under exceptional circumstances, if funds are still available.

Not Sure If You Qualify For Financial Aid?

To qualify for federal student aid (grants, loans, and work-study funds), you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Have a valid Social Security number
  • Be registered with Selective Service
  • Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as regular student in an eligible degree program
  • Be enrolled at least half-time to be eligible for Direct Loan Programs funds
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress
  • Have a high school diploma, General Education Development (GED) certificate, complete a high school education in an approved homeschool setting, or have passed an approved ability-to-benefit test.
  • Must not be in default on any Federal loan or owe money on a Federal or State Grant
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Apply for a federal student aid ID (FSA ID) at http://studentaid.gov/fsaid. Your FSA ID can be used each year to electronically sign and access your federal student aid records online. Your parent (if dependent) should also apply for his/her own FSA ID.
  • Complete the 2017-2018 FAFSA Application by going to http://fafsa.ed.gov. It is recommended that all applicants and their spouses and/or parents use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, to link their tax returns directly into the application. Doing so will make the FAFSA process easier, faster, and more accurate.
  • Complete the UWest Application for Financial Aid.

The Financial Office will provide you with an estimated award letter based on the information provided on the FAFSA. Additional documentation may be request for financial assistance if your FAFSA is selected for verification or new information is received.

Financial Aid is awarded on an academic-year basis and it is not automatically renewable. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be submitted for each year of attendance.

Note: Undergraduate California residents attending a California campus will be considered for Cal Grants for the state of California if the FAFSA is completed and submitted by March 2nd of each year, and certified grade point average information is submitted to the California Student Aid Commissions by March 2nd of each year.

The last day to apply for Federal Financial Aid for the 2017-2018 academic year is May 1, 2018. All students applying for 2017-2018 Federal Financial Aid must have a FAFSA on file in the Financial Aid Office by May 1, 2018 to be eligible for aid consideration.

Satisfactory Academic Progress

Federal and state regulations require that financial aid recipients show Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) towards their degree objective.

Understanding the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy

To satisfy University of the West’s Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements, students must:

  • Meet a minimum grade point average (GPA)
  • Earn a minimum number of units for credit each semester (Pace of Progression)
  • Complete their degree objective within a maximum number of semesters and a maximum number of attempted units (Maximum Time Frame Allowance)

Detailed information regarding the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy can be found in the UWest Academic Catalog.