Paying for College
Summer Session 2019 Financial Aid Request Forms will be available after March 31, 2019. The form will be available on your WOU Portal home page under Financial Aid Forms.
At Western Oregon University (WOU), summer session is moving to become the first term of the academic year for financial aid eligibility. To receive federal aid for summer term 2019, you must file the 2019-2020 FAFSA application.
What this means for you:
If you plan to attend half-time or more in summer 2019 and you receive Federal Direct Loans (Subsidized, Unsubsidized, Parent PLUS, or Graduate PLUS), your loans will now be split evenly over four terms of attendance (summer, fall, winter, and spring). When summer was the last term of the year, the loans had to be split evenly over fall, winter, and spring with no remaining eligibility for summer term.
How the loan funds will be split:
For example, if you receive a total of $5,500 in Subsidized and/or Unsubsidized loans, the total will be split as follows…
- Summer = $1,375
- Fall = $1,375
- Winter = $1,375
- Spring = $1,375
When summer was the last term of the year, your loans would have been split evenly over three terms (fall, winter, and spring), receiving $1,833 per term with no remaining eligibility for summer term.
Pell Grants are now available year-round to eligible students.
If you submit your form by May 15, 2019, you will be notified of your Summer Session aid eligibility by June 21, 2019.
Things you should know about summer term:
Summer term is unique from other terms at WOU. Summer term is made up of eight separate sessions that financial aid monitors in terms of enrollment and aid eligibility.
- 10 week session
- 8 week session
- 6 week session
- 4 week sessions
- 3 week sessions
- You must enroll in all summer courses for which you intend to receive financial aid by the start of the term. Your enrollment for financial aid awarding will “lock” on the second Friday of the term (July 5th) and your aid adjusted to match your enrollment level. This includes concurrent enrollment courses with the community college. Per Federal regulations, NO increases for late enrollment can be made after this date.
- If you register for classes in later starting sessions which you later decide to drop, your aid will be adjusted. Once the term begins and if you’re thinking you might drop course(s) from one of the later starting sessions, it’s best to drop the class before it ever begins, as it will help you avoid having to repay funds!
- If you register for sequential sessions, your aid will be spread across the time frame for all sessions. If you drop one of the sessions, your aid may be adjusted. Again, it’s best to drop before the course ever begins.
- If your first course for summer term is in one of the later starting sessions, your financial aid will disburse the week before that portion of the term begins.