A student can only be offered financial aid up to the cost of attendance. Any work-study award must fit within your financial aid package without causing your total aid to exceed the cost of attendance. You may see a reduction in your offered loan funds to accommodate the work-study award. This will automatically occur when the WSAF is approved and work-study is awarded.
Work-study will never reduce grants and/or scholarships, only loans.
You are eligible for Work-Study if you meet all of the following criteria:
- At least $4,000 of unmet need-based eligibility
- Submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) by WSU’s priority deadline
- Check the box on the FAFSA that indicates interest in being considered for work-study
- Satisfactory academic progress standing with WSU and the Student Financial Services office
To determine need eligibility:
- Find your total Cost of Attendance (COA) for WSU.
- Subtract your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). EFC is determined by the FAFSA and can be viewed in your FAFSA account.
- Subtract any scholarships or grants currently listed in your aid package (view your aid package in myWSU: myWSU/Student Center/View Financial Aid).
- Any remaining amount is your remaining financial need.
An example of a student with work-study eligibility:
24,938 = COA
-10,000 (Scholarships and Grants)
= 10,938 of Need-Based Eligibility
An example of a student who does not have work-study eligibility:
24,938 = COA
-4,438 (Scholarships and Grants)
= 0 Need-Based Eligibility
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