Frequently Asked Questions



Financial Aid

Frequently Asked Questions


1. I don’t think I’ll qualify for financial aid because my friend told me I would not qualify so why should I complete the FAFSA?

  • EVERYONE qualifies for financial aid.  The only way to know what kind of financial aid you qualify for is to complete the FAFSA.

  • You should use your school’s financial aid office to get advice, not friends, family, other students, etc. Every student is different so what is true for someone else may not be true for you. 

  • The financial aid staff are here to help you and should be the first place you go to get financial aid questions answered.

2. When is the current academic year FAFSA due?

  • The due date for the 2016-2017 FAFSA is June 30, 2017.  But, the sooner you apply the better.

  • You may complete the 2016-2017 FAFSA any time after January 1, 2016.  However, you may wish to wait until you have filed your 2015 federal taxes for the greatest accuracy. 

  • WSCC’s preferred completion date is at least 3 months before the semester you plan to attend.

3. When is the upcoming academic year FAFSA due?

  • The due date for the 2017-2018 FAFSA is June 30, 2018.  But, the sooner you apply the better.

  • You may complete the 2017-2018 FAFSA any time after October 1, 2016.  You will use your filed 2015 federal taxes. 

  • WSCC’s preferred completion date is at least 3 months before the semester you plan to attend.

4. How long will it take after I submit my FAFSA to hear something?

  • You should receive an email confirmation from FAFSA within 48 hours.

  • The earliest you should expect to receive a response from WSCC is April 1st.

  • If it is after April 1, please allow up to three weeks to receive a response.

5. How do I know how much financial aid I am eligible for?

  • On your FAFSA is an estimate of your Pell grant and student loan eligibility.  Once you click submit and get your confirmation it will appear on the screen.

  • Once the processing of your FAFSA has been completed by the WSCC financial aid office we will be able to determine your final eligibility.

6. Why do I have to turn in my a copy of my tax transcript and/or other documents to the financial aid office?

  • Some students are selected for a process called verification.

  • If you are selected for verification then the financial aid office must verify the information on your FAFSA.

  • Your taxes are used along with other documents to verify your information.

7. What if tuition is due and my financial aid is not ready?

  • You will need to make other payment arrangements, WSCC offers a payment plan, you can sign up through your my.westshore.edu account.

  • Student loans are not available until all financial aid processing is complete.

8. Once my financial aid is ready, is it applied to my balance?

  • Yes, your available financial aid is applied to your tuition and fees automatically.

  • If you still owe a balance after your financial aid is applied you will need to make additional payment arrangements by the tuition due date.

9. If I have money left after my tuition and fees are paid how do I get it?

  • Approximately one week before classes start you may use your leftover money in the bookstore.

  • Any money left after your balance is paid will be refunded to you by check that is mailed to your current address approximately four weeks after the semester starts.

10. What can I use my financial aid for? 

  • It is to be used for education related expenses including tuition, fees, books and supplies, transportation, room and board, child care, and limited personal expenses. 

  • One electronic device per year may be purchased in the bookstore.

11. Do I have deadlines? 

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