Scholarship Frequently Asked Questions
You must be admitted to WOU to apply for WOU Scholarships.
Once you have been admitted, you can access your WOU Portal username on wou.edu/accountlookup.
Scholarship Application FAQ:
What are the deadlines?
March 1, 2023
- Diversity Commitment Scholarship
- General Scholarship
May 1, 2023
- David S. Brody Scholarship
- Most Department Scholarships
How do I know if I have been awarded?
Scholarships with a March 1st deadline are awarded in early April. Scholarships with May 1st deadline are awarded in late May to mid June. All scholarship recipients will be contacted by e-mail using the e-mail address provided on your General Application.
Scholarship Recipient FAQ:
My scholarship has been cancelled, what do I do now?
Cancellation reason: I did not accept my WOU Foundation Scholarship by the specified deadline.
To maintain timely and effective awarding our office requires students to accept their WOU Foundation Scholarship by a specific deadline. Once the deadline has passed the WOU Financial Aid Office cancels all unaccepted scholarships and re-awards them to other deserving students.
Cancellation reason: I did not meet the renewal requirements of my scholarship.
Western Oregon University requires students to uphold specific academic criteria to maintain their scholarships over the renewal period. If a student does not meet the renewal requirements their scholarship is permanently revoked. Students who did not meet the renewal criteria of their award due to extraordinary circumstances may submit an appeal to the Scholarship Officer to have their scholarship reinstated. Scholarship Appeal forms are e-mailed to student WOU e-mail accounts at the conclusion of Spring term.
What is a fee remission?
What is the fee remission process?
The WOU Financial Aid Office will package fee remission aid throughout the award year (summer – spring) to undergraduate students (plus one graduate program) based on information provided to the us from various departments such as; Admissions, MSSP, SEP, Housing, Honors, Graduate Office, etc.
Additionally, the Financial Aid Office may utilize fee remission funds for incentive awarding during packaging based on a student’s Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as determined by the FAFSA application.
Fee remissions will initially be awarded based on the assumption that a student will enroll full-time each term (12+ credits). Fee remission funds will be reviewed after Census Date (the second Friday of each term) where the student must be enrolled in a minimum of nine (9) credits to maintain eligibility for the remission fund(s).
Fee remissions will be calculated (as needed) to keep the total amount of the remissions within the student’s total amount of WOU tuition and fees for the term; however, funds may be applied to all charges on the student’s account.* After Census, if the student drops or withdraws from other class(es), the remission amount will not be adjusted and a refund of the remission to the student, to be used for any educationally related expense, may be possible.
Concurrent Enrollment: students who concurrently enroll in both a community college and WOU under the Degree Partnership Program (DPP), must enroll for a minimum of nine credits each term at WOU to receive the full fee remission amount and to be eligible for renewal of the award, if applicable.
Renewal Requirements: certain fee remissions have a renewal component but students must meet the following criteria to receive the award in the following year.
- Earned Credits – students must earn 36 credits per year (WOU only credits) over three or four terms of enrollment to receive the renewable scholarship in the following year.
- GPA Component – students must meet either a 3.0, 2.5, or 2.0 WOU cumulative GPA depending on the remission award and its renewal requirement.
Proration: the maximum amount per term will be 1/3 of the total remission amount. The minimum amount will be 1/4 of the total remission per term. If a student registers for less than 3/4 time in any term, remission awards will be reallocated across the terms where the student’s WOU enrollment is 3/4 time or more.
*Exceptions exist for state and institutional initiatives such as Voyager (12+ credits), Veterans’ Dependent Tuition Waiver (based on enrollment), and ICS class remissions (which apply to certain classes and are not reduced).
Which scholarships are fee remission awards?
I have a private scholarship, what does that mean for my financial aid package?
Private scholarships are processed through the WOU Business Office. The Business Office receives your private scholarship funds and applies them to your student account. The Business Office then notifies the Financial Aid Office that you have a private scholarship. The Financial Aid Office adds a place for your private scholarship on your financial aid package. If the addition of your private scholarship puts you over your Cost of Attendance or financial need, the Financial Aid Office will adjust your aid package and send you an e-mail to your WOU e-mail address.
Where is my WUE scholarship?
Western Oregon University is a proud participant of the Western Undergraduate Exchange program. Our university does not offer a WUE scholarship; however, WUE students save several thousand dollars by participating in the WOU Western Undergraduate Exchange program. To facilitate this program, Western Oregon University provides WUE students a reduced tuition rate.