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Worcester State University follows a nationally accepted philosophy in administering our financial aid programs. Underlying this philosophy is the expectation of a reasonable contribution from students and their families toward meeting educational costs. Financial aid is awarded to those eligible students whose families’ financial resources are insufficient to meet college costs.To be eligible for financial aid at WSU, you must:
If you are applying for financial assistance to attend WSU, you must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) with the Federal Processing Center. For grant, loan, and work-study programs, the FAFSA must be completed and on file in the WSU Financial Aid Office before review of your application can begin. Remember to write your full name and student ID number clearly at the top of all documents submitted.FAFSA DetailsWSU requires students to complete the FAFSA to apply for a:
The FAFSA must be filed between October 1 and March 1 for the following academic year and before March 1 for priority consideration. For Worcester State University to receive the information from the FAFSA, you must indicate WSU’s name and Federal Title IV school code (002190) on your FAFSA.The easiest way to complete or correct your FAFSA is by using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool as you complete your FAFSA at fafsa.gov. In a few simple steps, you may be able to view your tax return information and transfer it directly into your FAFSA.It takes approximately 1-2 weeks for the Federal Processing Center to process an online FAFSA application and forward its analysis to colleges and state grant agencies. In addition, the Federal Processing Center will send a Student Aid Report (SAR) to your email or home address.If you are a resident of Massachusetts, your FAFSA information will be automatically forwarded to the Massachusetts Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA), where it will be reviewed for eligibility for a MASSGrant. You should respond to all requests from the OSFA within the time frame indicated or you may forfeit eligibility for a MASSGrant.If you are a resident of another state, you should consult with your high school guidance office for information on how to apply for state grants. If you have applied for financial aid in prior years, you should already have a Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID) that can be used to sign the FAFSA. If you are applying for financial aid for the first time, you need to for an FSA ID to access and sign your FAFSA application. Your FSA ID serves as your signature for the FAFSA and the Federal Direct Loan Master Promissory Note, and allows you to access your personal information in various U.S. Department of Education systems. Students and parents each need their own FSA ID.Please note:
The Financial Aid Office verifies complete financial aid applications selected for verification by the U.S. Department of Education or by WSU. Verification ensures that students and parents have accurately reported the information used to determine eligibility for financial aid.
The Financial Aid Office will notify you if additional information or documents are required.
If you are selected for verification, you’ll be asked to submit requested information within 6 weeks of the date of your first Missing Items letter or your file will be considered LATE.
Once verification is complete, you’ll be notified of your eligibility for financial aid.
The amount a family is expected to contribute to college costs is calculated by using financial information provided on the FAFSA. The expected family contribution may change based upon verified data and/or individual circumstances. Components of this calculation include:
If you are planning to enroll at WSU as a part-time student, join us as a transfer undergraduate student, or apply for financial aid as a graduate student, you should be aware of the details of financial aid that are particular to your situation. If you want to study away or take a summer class at WSU, you may be able to use financial aid to cover some costs.
Fall Entry Priority DeadlineMarch 1
Deadline for filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). All students who wish to be considered for financial aid must file the FAFSA. Late applications will be considered, though will be subject to the availability of funds.
Fall Entry Final DeadlineMay 1
Deadline for applying for the MASSGrant and for on-time consideration for financial aid for the academic year. The deadline for MassGrant and for Worcester State is now May 1, 2021 for the 2021/2022 academic year.
Spring Entry DeadlineNovember 1
Deadline for on-time consideration for financial aid for students entering a college in the spring.
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