Financial Aid COVID-19 FAQs
Every student has a westernwyoming.edu email address and this is the primary mode of communication for any information coming from our office, please make sure to check you westernwyoming.edu email regularly.
If you need assistance with your Western email address or password please contact 307-362-1677.
Unfortunately there are no free passes, if you do not meet the requirements for your financial aid you will have to submit a SAP appeal for review and approval by the financial aid director before you could be awarded for future semesters. Appeals take approximately 4-6 weeks to be reviewed.
The appeals for federal aid are completed online through the student forms portal. Once you log into your account you will need to request a SAP Appeal if you didn't meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements/have met max time or PJ Appeal if you have a change in circumstances/income from 2018 (the income year you should be reporting on your 2020-2021 FAFSA). Before completing either appeal make sure to complete the 2020-2021 FAFSA as well.
To appeal for the Hathaway Scholarship please contact the Hathaway Coordinator at email@example.com
Current Federal Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements can be found here
Current Wyoming Hathaway Continuing Eligibility requirements can be found here
For questions regarding any other type of financial aid please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The quicker you can get your updated test scores to the financial aid office the sooner we can review and update scholarships. As long as you email it from your westernwyoming.edu email address, you can send the ACT Score report that can be download from your ACT or College Board account to email@example.com. For the ACT Work-Keys test your can email or hand deliver (after 7/20/2020 when the campus is reopened to the public) the score report you receive the same day you take the test.
Keep in mind that the Hathaway Scholarship must be accepted by the first day of the semester and if you accept one level, for example the Opportunity level, and you have retaken the ACT test and have new score that qualifies you for a higher level, like the Performance or Honors, we need the scores before the semester starts. Once you start using a level of Hathaway you cannot move up or change to a higher level.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your full name, student ID number, phone number, and a short explanation of what you need help with and someone from our office will contact you to schedule a phone or Zoom appointment to assist you.
Or to set up an appointment to get help completing the FAFSA, contact Amber Taylor, the EOC Coordinator for Southwest Wyoming at (307) 220-2232
Welcome to Financial Aid at Western! Navigating the financial aid process is daunting and can seem never ending. We strive to simplify the process and help you understand the options available. We are available to assist you every step of the way.
First things first. You’ll want to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using Western Wyoming Community College’s school code of 003933, so we can determine your level of need.
If your FAFSA is selected for verification, you will be emailed a Verification Link, which will expedite the process.
Now it is time to apply for scholarships, complete our general scholarship application to be considered for all Institutional and Civic Grants.
Scholarships do not have to be repaid and are awarded based on academic performance, special talents, activity participation, program major, financial need, and other factors.
Our Scholarships & Grants page outlines the various scholarships funded by Western, the WWC Foundation, and other organizations. Applying for admission and financial aid by the April 1 priority deadline can increase your eligibility for limited funding.
Federal Work study is an employment program funded by the U.S. Department of Education and Western. Jobs pay at least minimum wage and generally average 10-20 hours per week. Visit the Human Resources page to view student employment opportunities. Learn more on our Federal Aid page.
In order to determine your eligibility for federal student aid, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year. FAFSA is free and can be completed entirely online. You will need Western Wyoming Community College's code of 003933 and must apply for admissions for your FAFSA to be processed.
Federal Pell Grants
The Federal Pell grant is considered need-based aid. Pell grant awards range from $650 to $6,195 based on full-time enrollment.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant
This is a limited fund awarded to the highest-need, Pell eligible students. Maximum award $600 based on full-time enrollment.
More information can be found on our Federal Aid page.
Minimizing student loan debt while at the community college level is important.
Student or parent loans are low-interest loans available to students enrolled in at least six credits each semester. These funds must be repaid.
Find more information on loan options and processes on our Student Loans page.
After the start of the semester, the financial aid office begins working behind the scenes verifying enrollment and adjusting financial aid awards. The disbursement of aid occurs approximately three to four weeks after the semester begins.
It is critical that all students review their account balance and financial aid awards
multiple times throughout the semester. This information is accessible through your
My Western account.
Those students with a credit on their student account balance may use this credit to purchase books at the Western Wyoming Community College Bookstore. Bookstore accounts are available approximately 10 days before the semester begins and close once financial aid has been disbursed. Check with the Bookstore, if your account is set up for Sponsorship Billing.