Scholarships are awarded based on a wide variety of criteria. Good grades will always help, but you can also receive scholarships based on financial need, academic interests, talents, community service, leadership, and career goals.
Every dollar you earn is a dollar you won’t have to borrow and pay back later.
After you complete the FAFSA and apply for admission, WSU will send a letter (usually in December or January) outlining your next steps and detailing how much financial aid you’re eligible to receive.
Choose the aid that’s best for you
You’ll probably be offered more than one type of aid. It’s up to you to decide which awards to accept; there’s no penalty for declining aid.
As a general rule, you should always accept grants and scholarships. Aid that you don’t have to pay back is nearly always preferable, although it usually comes with restrictions on how it can be used (be sure to read the terms and conditions).
If possible, minimize the amount of loans you take out. Every dollar you borrow now is a dollar you won’t have later when you’re done with school.
In order to receive state, university, or federal student aid funds, you will need to meet the following requirements:
Graduate from high school (or earn a high-school equivalent certification)
Be accepted for enrollment in college courses working toward an associate, bachelor, or graduate degree.
Be a United States citizen or eligible non-citizen.
Have a valid Social Security number.
Certify that you intend to use financial aid for educational purposes, that you are not in default on a federal student loan, and that you do not owe money on a federal grant.
Register with the Selective Services (if required).
Please note that certain programs like the Administrator Credential program are ineligible for financial aid due to the inherent structure of the program. Private loans are available for certificate programs.
The Federal Student Aid program
Most of the aid you receive will probably be awarded through the Federal Student Aid program. Visit the following websites to learn more about how these programs can work for you.