Paying for College
- Student Aid Report
- Financial Aid Checklist
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2. File FAFSA
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid opens October 1st
Western Oregon University Priority Deadline February 1st
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is available beginning October 1 each year for the upcoming academic year. For the 2019-20 academic year, the FAFSA will be available on October 1, 2019.
Western Oregon University Federal School Code: 003209
When applying for aid electronically, you (and your parent if you are a dependent student) must have a FSA ID. If you do not already have an FSA ID, you can create one when logging in to studentaid.ed.gov. The FSA ID serves as an electronic signature for students and their parents. Since signatures are required on the FAFSA application, registering and using the FSA ID helps speed up the application process. The FSA ID also serves as an identifier to allow students access to personal information in US Department of Education systems. These can include access to the Master Promissory Note for Direct Loans, PLUS Loans, as well as specific information on prior loans borrowed.
You may check the status of your electronic FAFSA application at any time during and/or after the processing period.
► Avoid Common FAFSA Mistakes
Common FAFSA Mistakes
Filing the FAFSA late
WOU’s priority deadline for 2019-20 was February 1, 2019
Not entering your name exactly as it appears on your social security card
Not reporting your parents’ legal marital status correctly
Not using the Data Retrieval Tool to report your federal tax information
Entering the incorrect anticipated year in school or degree being pursued
Not having both student and parent signatures on the FAFSA
Filing the FAFSA with the incorrect award year
Making changes on your FAFSA after being awarded financial aid
3. Review Student Aid Report
The U.S. Department of Education will send you a Student Aid Report (SAR) after your FAFSA is processed. The SAR summarizes the information you reported, contains comments alerting you if further information is required to process your FAFSA, and states your preliminary Expected Family Contribution (EFC). Review your SAR in detail. The SAR will instruct you on how to make any necessary corrections.
Be sure that Western Oregon University (003209) is listed so our office receives your information.
4. Complete Verification—if selected for verification
What is it?
Verification is a process that compares the information on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to federal income tax and other information used to document that your answers are correct.
How is a file selected for verification?
Certain applications are flagged by the federal aid processor for verification due to federal edit or random sampling. These applications are identified by an asterisk (*) placed to the right of the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) on the Student Aid Report (SAR). Other applications may be selected by the WOU Financial Aid Office to clarify information.
If you are selected, you must submit all requested documentation in order for the Financial Aid Office to disburse your funds. You can view your required documents by going to your My Financial Aid portal. To access your My Financial Aid portal log on to your WOU Portal and select the “MyFinAid” icon on the top of the screen. You must have a financial aid record already established at WOU in order to log into My Financial Aid. The information collected may result in changes to your financial aid award and, in some cases, the repayment of funds already received. No further disbursement of financial aid funds will be given until the verification process is complete.
5. Review Financial Aid Checklist
After a financial aid offer is available, please follow the Financial Aid Checklist Graduate/Undergraduate to complete the appropriate steps for using financial aid to help pay for your college costs.
6. Apply for Scholarships
Scholarships are gifts. They don’t need to be repaid. There are thousands of them, offered by schools, employers, individuals, private companies, nonprofits, communities, religious groups, and professional and social organizations.
To apply for WOU scholarships, the General Scholarship Application is open for students to apply between November 1st—March 1st each year. Admitted students can access the application through Portal, using the “Scholarships” icon.
Prior to Aid Disbursement You Must:
- Log on to your WOU Portal and click on the “My FinAid” icon to review and accept your award offer.
- Complete promissory notes if you have been awarded a loan and you accept your loan offer. You will be notified if you need to complete a new promissory note.
Promissory note: The promissory note for the Direct Stafford Loan is a multi-year note that in most cases can be used for multiple years of borrowing provided you meet certain conditions and do not have a long break in borrowing. Promissory notes can be completed at www.studentloans.gov.
Disclosure statement: You will be sent a disclosure notification from the Direct Loan Origination Center prior to the disbursement of your loan. The disclosure statement will include specific information about the loan type, origination fees, loan amount and anticipated disbursement dates.
- Complete the entrance loan counseling online at www.studentloans.gov for Stafford loans.