Returning Students

Information for Undergraduates

Western Washington University makes every effort to provide financial assistance to eligible applicants through grants, scholarships, work study, loans, or some combination of these student aid programs. Aid is available to help meet educational costs including tuition and fees, books and educational supplies, housing and food, transportation and personal expenses. Eligibility for financial aid is determined by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on an annual basis. For summer financial aid, students must also complete a WWU Financial Aid Summer Application.

How to Apply for Financial Aid

  • Submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid, commonly called the FAFSA, by Western's priority filing deadline of January 31st for the upcoming academic year (for the 2024-2025 school year the FAFSA Priority Filing Deadline is extended to April 1, 2024 due to the late FASFA opening).
  • See the Financial Aid Checklist for additional important steps applying for financial aid.
WWU's Federal School Code for the FAFSA is 003802
  • Complete an application for admission to WWU.
  • Review your FAFSA data via the Student Aid Report (SAR) (for the 2023-2024 aid year) or the FAFSA Submission Summary (for the 2024-2025 aid year) for accuracy. If there is incorrect information, contact our office before making corrections and submit them to the federal processor. You can contact the federal processor at 800.433.3243 for additional information.
  • Respond promptly to any requests for information from the Financial Aid Department and include student name and ID number on all documents submitted.
  • Review the Offer of Financial Aid once available in Web4U, the student portal, and accept or decline aid as needed.
  • Maintain a personal financial aid file for your records and keep copies of all documents.
  • Keep your address current with the Registrar’s Office. You can be updated on Web4U or by contacting 360.650.3432.
  • Always be prepared to begin classes with some of your own funds even if you expect to receive financial aid.

General Eligibility Requirements

To be considered for most federal, state, and institutional types of financial aid, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Be qualified to study at the postsecondary level as demonstrated by any of the following items:
    • a high school diploma (this can be from a foreign school if it is equivalent to a U.S. high school diploma);
    • completed homeschooling at the secondary level as defined by state law; or
    • a recognized equivalent of a high school diploma, including,
      • a general educational development or GED certificate;
      • an academic transcript of a student who has successfully completed at least a two-year program that is acceptable for full credit toward a
        bachelor’s degree (Transfer students, see our FAQ for details); or
      • a determination made by the Admissions Office that a student without a diploma excelled in high school
  • Have a High School diploma or GED certificate. Effective July 1, 2012; new students without a high school diploma, GED or did not complete secondary school in a homeschool setting will not be eligible for Title IV funds
  • Be admitted into a degree or certificate-granting program at WWU
  • Not owe a refund on a previous grant and not be in default on a previous educational loan
  • Be a U.S. citizen or national, a permanent resident, or other eligible noncitizen
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress 

Note: students without a high school diploma or an equivalent and who were enrolled in an eligible educational program of study before July 1, 2012, may continue to be considered eligible for financial aid under either an approved Ability To Benefit test or has satisfactorily completed six credits of college work that are applicable to a WWU degree or certificate.

Other less frequently encountered eligibility requirements may apply in certain circumstances. Please contact us for additional information if you have unique or unusual circumstances that you wish to discuss.

Emergency Loans

Financial Aid offers short-term loans ranging from $50 - $900. The eligibility criteria varies and there is a processing fee on each loan. The Emergency Loan application is available on the Financial Aid website.