Financial Aid Office https://westliberty.edu/financial-aid West Liberty University Wed, 07 Mar 2018 20:52:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 Returning Student 2018-2019 Financial Aid Award Letters https://westliberty.edu/financial-aid/news/returning-student-2018-2019-financial-aid-award-letters/ Thu, 22 Feb 2018 18:50:08 +0000 https://westliberty.edu/financial-aid/?p=1218 *NEW FINANCIAL AID PROCESSING* Returning Student 2018-2019 Financial Aid Award Letters What? The Financial Aid Office will start processing the 2018-2019 Financial Aid Award notifications mid-March to allow students more time to prepare for the upcoming academic. Work-study funds will also be awarded at this time allowing students to apply for positions on campus for […]

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*NEW FINANCIAL AID PROCESSING*
Returning Student 2018-2019 Financial Aid Award Letters

What?
The Financial Aid Office will start processing the 2018-2019 Financial Aid Award notifications mid-March to allow students more time to prepare for the upcoming academic. Work-study funds will also be awarded at this time allowing students to apply for positions on campus for the Fall 2018 semester.

What do you need to do?
Haven’t completed your FAFSA yet for 2018-2019?
Visit http://fafsa.ed.gov to complete as soon as possible!

Completed the FAFSA but not sure if all your requirements are completed.
Visit your WINS account to check your Financial Aid Requirements. Click on the Financial Aid Tab, Financial Aid Status and choose 2018-2019 Academic Year.
Should you have unsatisfied requirements, you will be able to see them listed here.

Any additional questions can be directed to the Enrollment Services Center in Shaw Hall 121, by email at finaid@westliberty.edu, or phone at 304.336.8016.

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FAFSA Available October 1, 2016! https://westliberty.edu/financial-aid/news/fafsa-available-october-1-2016/ Fri, 20 May 2016 13:32:49 +0000 https://westliberty.edu/financial-aid/?p=948 Will your son or daughter be attending college in the 17-18 academic year?  Two major changes will be coming in completing your FAFSA!  First, the FAFSA availability date is going to be October 1st, 2016.  This is 3 months earlier than in the past!  So instead of doing your FAFSA right after the New Year, […]

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Will your son or daughter be attending college in the 17-18 academic year?  Two major changes will be coming in completing your FAFSA!  First, the FAFSA availability date is going to be October 1st, 2016.  This is 3 months earlier than in the past!  So instead of doing your FAFSA right after the New Year, you’ll be completing it during football season!

Second, you will be using older tax data than prior years.  For instance, for the 2016-2017 academic year, you may have completed the FAFSA with your 2015 taxes which may have delayed your ability to complete the FAFSA until your taxes were completed.  Now, for the 2017-2018 academic year and forward, you will be completing the FAFSA with the prior-prior year’s taxes.  For example, on October 1, 2016, you’ll complete your FAFSA for the 2017-2018 academic year with your 2015 taxes that are already completed!  No more waiting on your W-2’s, your accountant or having a chance at missing any deadlines! As always we still encourage you to complete your FAFSA as early as possible!

So in order to complete your FAFSA on October 1, 2016, you’ll need your FSAID, your 2015 taxes and your son or daughters 2015 taxes.

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Start Prepping for the 2017-2018 FAFSA Now! https://westliberty.edu/financial-aid/news/start-prepping-2017-2018-fafsa-now/ Fri, 20 May 2016 13:31:35 +0000 https://westliberty.edu/financial-aid/?p=946 Will your son or daughter be attending college in the 17-18 academic year?  You can start prepping to complete the FAFSA today!  All students and parents are required to have an FSA ID to complete the FAFSA and most student loan documents.  You can start the process in creating your FSA Username and password today!  […]

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Will your son or daughter be attending college in the 17-18 academic year?  You can start prepping to complete the FAFSA today!  All students and parents are required to have an FSA ID to complete the FAFSA and most student loan documents.  You can start the process in creating your FSA Username and password today!  You will need to visit fsaid.ed.gov.  In order to create, you will need your SSN, full name as it is listed on your Social security card, and your date of birth.  Keep in mind you will create separate IDs for each student and parent. 

Here are some quick tips about your FSA ID

  • In order to retrieve your username and password later as well as confirm your FSA ID, you will need to provide an email address. BUT keep in mind only one FSA ID can be associated to an email, so you can’t use mom’s email for all the FSA IDs in the household!
  • You will use your FSA ID every year, so keep the username and password handy – we encourage students to plug into their phones for easy access in our office throughout the year if they need it.
  • If you had an FASFA PIN in the past, you can actually link your FSA ID to your past PIN during the sign up process! If you don’t remember your PIN, that’s ok! It’ll just take an extra day or two to activate your FSA ID.
  • Completing your FSA ID applications now will help with completion of your FAFSA in October as sometimes your FSA ID takes 3 business days to be verified.

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2016 Summer Aid Application https://westliberty.edu/financial-aid/news/2016-summer-aid-application/ Fri, 19 Feb 2016 20:22:12 +0000 https://westliberty.edu/financial-aid/?p=904 The 2016 Summer Aid Application is now available online on the Financial Aid Webpage under Forms.  Please be sure to complete the application if you are interested in receiving Financial Aid for any summer courses that you are taking here at West Liberty University. Once completed, the financial aid staff will be able to award […]

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The 2016 Summer Aid Application is now available online on the Financial Aid Webpage under Forms.  Please be sure to complete the application if you are interested in receiving Financial Aid for any summer courses that you are taking here at West Liberty University. Once completed, the financial aid staff will be able to award any available aid that you are eligible for.   

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FAFSA PIN and FSA ID Changes! https://westliberty.edu/financial-aid/news/825/ Tue, 05 May 2015 15:42:40 +0000 https://westliberty.edu/financial-aid/?p=825 The FSA ID ― a username and password ― has replaced the Federal Student Aid PIN and must be used to log in to certain U.S. Department of Education websites. Your FSA ID confirms your identity when you access your financial aid information and electronically sign Federal Student Aid documents. If you do not already […]

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The FSA ID ― a username and password ― has replaced the Federal Student Aid PIN and must be used to log in to certain U.S. Department of Education websites. Your FSA ID confirms your identity when you access your financial aid information and electronically sign Federal Student Aid documents. If you do not already have an FSA ID, you can create one when logging in to fafsa.gov, the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS®) at www.nslds.ed.gov, StudentLoans.gov, StudentAid.gov, and Agreement to Serve (ATS) at www.teach-ats.ed.gov.

Step 1 When logging in to one of the websites listed above, click the link to create an FSA ID.
Step 2 Create a username and password, and enter your e-mail address.
Step 3 Enter your name, date of birth, Social Security number, contact information, and challenge questions and answers.
Step 4 If you have a Federal Student Aid PIN, you will be able to enter it and link it to your FSA ID. You can still create an FSA ID if you have forgotten or do not have a PIN.
Step 5 Review your information, and read and accept the terms and conditions.
Step 6 Confirm your e-mail address using the secure code, which will be sent to the e-mail address you entered when you created your FSA ID. Once you verify your e-mail address, you can use it instead of your username to log in to the websites.

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Satisfactory Academic Progress – Updated! https://westliberty.edu/financial-aid/news/satisfactory-academic-progress-updated/ Thu, 13 Jun 2013 12:27:05 +0000 https://westliberty.edu/financial-aid/?p=561 Many WLU students use financial aid to assist with the costs of higher education. Students must maintain a certain level of academic progress in order to retain potential eligibility for aid—including student loans, parent loans, federal work study, and grants. For many students, compliance with these minimal standards presents no problem. However, there are some […]

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Many WLU students use financial aid to assist with the costs of higher education. Students must maintain a certain level of academic progress in order to retain potential eligibility for aid—including student loans, parent loans, federal work study, and grants. For many students, compliance with these minimal standards presents no problem. However, there are some students who will lose eligibility for ALL forms of financial aid because they are not demonstrating satisfactory progress toward degree completion.

Under the Satisfactory Academic Progress policy, at the end of every academic year, the academic record of each student is reviewed to determine if the student is meeting the minimum standards in place to measure progress. These standards include a minimum cumulative grade point average and completion of a minimum percentage of all attempted credit hours.

Students who are NOT meeting these minimal standards will lose eligibility for aid (loans, work study, grants, etc.) until he or she can improve the overall academic record. If a student continues after this point, they must do so without federal, state, or institutional financial aid.

While there is an appeal process in place, only students who can document extenuating circumstances during an enrollment period and who have taken steps to address those circumstances should consider appealing. Appeals require that students meet with an academic advisor and must be submitted by the SAP letter’s deadline date.

Students can also view the status of their financial aid academic progress on WINS under the Financial Aid tab; click on “eligibility” and then on “academic progress.”

Last week the Satisfactory Academic Progress calculations were completed for the 2012-2013 academic year.  Letters were sent to all students that were affected by the policy.  Students’ WINS accounts were also updated with the relevant information.  Please be sure to check your WINS account as soon as possible to make sure you are still in good standing to receive your federal financial aid for the 2013-2014 academic year.  As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office.

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Work Study Request Form https://westliberty.edu/financial-aid/news/work-study-request-form/ Mon, 02 Apr 2012 18:29:58 +0000 https://westliberty.edu/financial-aid/?p=420 For the 2012-2013 academic year, West Liberty University Financial Aid Office is now requiring any student interested in work study to complete a Work Study Request Form. This form is now available online.  https://westliberty.edu/financial-aid/financial-aid-information/forms/ Please be aware that this form is due by May 4, 2012 in order to be considered for work study for […]

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For the 2012-2013 academic year, West Liberty University Financial Aid Office is now requiring any student interested in work study to complete a Work Study Request Form.

This form is now available online. 

https://westliberty.edu/financial-aid/financial-aid-information/forms/

Please be aware that this form is due by May 4, 2012 in order to be considered for work study for the 2012-2013 academic year.

Please also be aware that you must have completed your FAFSA by March 1, 2012 and have a financial need for work study.  Finally, completing the form and meeting the requirements does not ensure you receiving work study, as our funds are still very limited.

If you have any questions, please feel free to stop in our office anytime.

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Pell Eligiblity Changes https://westliberty.edu/financial-aid/news/pell-eligiblity-changes/ Fri, 16 Mar 2012 15:34:21 +0000 https://westliberty.edu/financial-aid/?p=408 New regulations effective July 1, 2012 limits the receipt of a Pell Grant to a lifetime limit of up to 6 full-time years (600%). This includes community colleges, vocational schools and four year public and private universities. This limit will be tracked by the U.S. Department of Education. Regardless of the Pell Grant amount, if you receive the […]

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New regulations effective July 1, 2012 limits the receipt of a Pell Grant to a lifetime limit of up to 6 full-time years (600%). This includes community colleges, vocational schools and four year public and private universities. This limit will be tracked by the U.S. Department of Education.

Regardless of the Pell Grant amount, if you receive the full year amount then you have received 100%.

For example, your Pell Grant for the year is for $4,000 and you receive $2,000 in Fall, $1,000 in Spring and the remaining $1,000 in Summer. You have received the entire $4,000 or 100% for the year.

The 600% total eligibility applies at all schools and colleges. However, once you have earned a Bachelor’s Degree, you are no longer eligible for a Pell Grant even if you haven’t received the entire 600% eligibility. In addition, you must also meet and maintain satisfactory academic progress standards to remain eligible each year

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Mid-Term SAP Reminder https://westliberty.edu/financial-aid/news/mid-term-sap-reminder/ Fri, 07 Oct 2011 18:18:21 +0000 https://westliberty.edu/financial-aid/?p=365 As you approach mid-term for the Fall Semester, the Financial Aid Office would like to remind you of the new Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy.  Federal regulations require that students must be making measureable academic progress towards completion of an eligible degree.  This requires an evaluation at the end of each academic year.  All periods of […]

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As you approach mid-term for the Fall Semester, the Financial Aid Office would like to remind you of the new Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy.  Federal regulations require that students must be making measureable academic progress towards completion of an eligible degree. 

This requires an evaluation at the end of each academic year.  All periods of enrollment will be included in the measurement, including terms in which the student enrolled but did not receive financial aid. 

The standards below must be met at the end of the Spring Semester in order to receive aid for the following period. 

  • Freshman and Sophomore Level Students
    • Pass 70% of all coursework attempted.
    • GPA cannot show a deficit of more than 8 quality points below a 2.0
  • Junior and Senior Level Students
    • Pass 70% of all coursework attempted.
    • Must have an accumulative GPA of 2.0
  • Graduate Level Students
    • Pass 70% of all coursework attempted.
    • Must have an accumulative GPA of 2.5

This policy can be found in full on page 15 of the 2011-2012 West Liberty University Catalog.

If you have any questions or concerns, you may contact the Financial Aid Office at 304.336.8016 or finaid@westliberty.edu.

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2011-12 Financial Aid Processing https://westliberty.edu/financial-aid/news/2011-12-financial-aid-processing/ Mon, 11 Jul 2011 20:48:10 +0000 https://westliberty.edu/financial-aid/?p=255 The initial Financial Aid packaging  for the 2011-12 academic year has been completed. Packaging will continue on a weekly basis throughout the academic year. Award letters are in the process of being mailed, you may view you financial aid information by accessing your WINS account.

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The initial Financial Aid packaging  for the 2011-12 academic year has been completed. Packaging will continue on a weekly basis throughout the academic year. Award letters are in the process of being mailed, you may view you financial aid information by accessing your WINS account.

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