| ADMISSIONS | Paying for College | Financial Aid
The Financial Aid Office is here to assist you and your family with the process and guidelines of financing your education. We will work with you to ensure that you have a clear understanding of your financial aid options while attending WSU. Because financial aid packages vary based on students’ unique circumstances, we will assign a financial aid counselor to work with you throughout your academic years at WSU. An ongoing relationship with your financial aid counselor will help you with any questions and concerns in a comfortable and supportive environment.
For the most part, financial aid will be awarded to you on the basis of need in the form of grants, loans, and work-study. In addition to need-based aid, there are a variety of non-need-based loans and academic scholarships available. Many students receive a combination of these different forms of assistance. Currently, 68% of WSU students receive some form of aid with an average annual award of $10,331.If any financial difficulties arise unexpectedly, be sure to contact the Financial Aid Office to make an appointment with your counselor.
Note: WSU's Federal Title IV school code for the FAFSA is 002190.
The federal government allows college students and their families to file their FAFSA in the fall.
Complete your FAFSA
SNAP, formerly known as food stamps, provides food purchasing assistance for low- and no-income people, including students. The monthly benefits are used to supplement the participant's food budget. You can learn more and even apply online at https://dtaconnect.eohhs.mass.gov/, or you can go to the SNAP office in S-129 to learn more about the program and participant eligibility. More information on the SNAP office, as well as Thea’s Pantry, is available here: https://www.worcester.edu/Theas-Pantry/ or you can call the SNAP office at 508-929-8957.
Mailing PolicyFrom September to May (but not between semesters), the Financial Aid Office sends mail to students via their residence hall mail box, if they reside on campus, or to their home address, if they do not reside on campus. During the summer months everything is mailed to the home address. Whenever possible, the Financial Aid Office also sends announcements to students through the regular What’s Up at Woo University emails.
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.
Friday8:15 a.m. - 2 p.m. Appointments Preferred