Paying for College
There are a number of ways to pay for your college education. Payment options include applied financial aid, paying in full at the cashier, making a full credit card payment online, or enrolling in WSCC’s payment plan.
The Academic Calendar lists payment deadlines and other important academic dates. If you haven't considered financial aid because you think you won't qualify, you should take another look. Financial aid eligibility is based on need, which is the cost of attending college minus what you and your family are expected to contribute. Nearly half of WSCC students receive some form of financial aid. Financial aid is designed to supplement, not replace, a family's resources. All colleges expect student and families to contribute as much as possible toward college costs.
How to Access the Various Payment Options
Students must do one of the following each semester:
Financial Aid: To successfully apply for financial aid, students must first start with filing out their FAFSA at http://www.fafsa.gov/. Upon completion of the FAFSA, the information will be electronically sent to the institutions you indicated you plan to attend. If West Shore was one of those institutions, you will receive confirmation of the receipt of the information. This process may take up to four weeks, so apply for financial aid early.
You can monitor your financial aid progress (documentation still pending, documentation completed and received and the amount of aid you are eligible for) by accessing my.westshore.edu. Once you log in, click on the Student tab located at the top of the screen, MYFinancial Aid located in the left navigation and then click on either View Financial Aid Document Tracking to see what documents you have successfully completed (or still need to complete) or Financial Aid Awards which will indicate the financial aid amount you are eligible for.
Payment Plan: The Payment Plan, administered by NelNet, is another excellent option for financing your education. Learn more about and access this payment option by logging into my.westshore.edu, clicking on the Student tab located at the top of the screen, MyAccount located in the left navigation and then Payment Plan.
Pay in Full: Payments can be made by cash, check, money order, cashier check, U.S. traveler's check, or credit card in person at all locations or online through the full payment option in my.westshore.edu.
To pay in full in person:
- Go to the cashier in the Administration and Conference Building.
- Pay with cash, check or credit card.
To pay in full online:
- Log in to my.westshore.edu
- Click the Student tab located at the top of the screen.
- Click MYAccount located in the left navigation. Then click on My Account Balance and finally pay my balance.
To pay via U.S. Postal Service (do not send cash and include your Student ID # on checks/money orders):
West Shore Community College
Attn: Accounts Receivable
P.O. Box 277
Scottville, MI 49454
Mason County Promise
The Mason County Promise is a promise to provide scholarships for free tuition to WSCC to graduates in Mason County who:
- Graduate with a diploma and reside within the boundaries of one of the following three school districts within Mason County (Mason County Central Schools, Mason County Eastern Schools, Ludington Area School District) with a cumulative 2.00 Grade Point Average (GPA) or above; or,
- Graduate from Gateway to Success Academy with a cumulative 2.00 Grade Point Average or above; or,
- Obtain a GED and reside within the boundaries of Mason County
To learn more: http://masoncountypromise.org/
Employer or Sponsoring Agency The Business Office can invoice the student's employer or a state agency if signed authorization is submitted prior to the payment due date or at the time of registration. The student is responsible for tuition and fees not paid by the sponsor. Written authorizations need to be completed each semester.
Unpaid Balances: Students with unpaid balances after the payment deadline, will be dropped from all classes. Exceptions for students NOT to be dropped are students who have:
- Signed up for the Payment Plan
- Been awarded adequate student financial aid
- Submitted the required paperwork for third party tuition payments (overseas combat, Guard tuition, etc.)
- If financial aid does not cover all tuition costs, the remainder is owed by the Final Payment Deadline of the semester.
- Any students with an outstanding balance will be prevented from registering for classes, receiving transcripts, etc.
- Registration for any future semesters will be blocked until unpaid balance is paid in full.
- Accounts unpaid after the end of the semester may be sent to an outside collection agency.Note: If you register for classes after the payment deadline, all costs must be paid at the time of registration. It is the student's responsibility for dropping all courses in which they do not plan on attending.
For any questions regarding payment options or financial aid, contact the Financial Aid office at 231-843-5518, one of our Business Office cashiers at 231-843-5889 or 5887, or the business office via email at email@example.com.