Financial Aid FAQs
If you are a United States Citizen, submit a FAFSA online at https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa. The information collected from the FAFSA allows us to provide Pell Grants and Loans to students, depending on need. If you are an international student, you can find and apply for scholarships at www.iefa.org. You can also find institutional and external scholarships listed on our website. Certain types of aid, usually loans, do require additional paperwork AFTER you have been awarded aid (Annual Student Loan Acknowledgment - starting Summer 2021, Entrance Counseling and Promissory Note) But only the FAFSA is required to determine your eligibility. Please contact Mustang Central with any questions or assistance completing the FAFSA at (307) 382-1677.
The financial aid process takes several weeks to complete. It is recommended that students attending school in the Fall complete their FAFSA by the priority deadline of April 1. Students may complete the FAFSA at https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa
Students can begin their FAFSA application starting October 1st.
Useful documents include your income tax returns from the previous 2 years, as well as your parents' return if you are a dependent student, or your spouse's, if you are married. Other records such as W-2 forms are also very useful. Please make sure that the school has received all required documents such as academic transcripts, if you will be a new student.
The Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) prohibits us from discussing any of your specific financial matters with anyone but you without your written permission. Please visit Mustang Central to obtain the FERPA Release form.
The school will first apply your loan to your school account to pay for tuition, fees, room and board, and other school charges. If any additional funds remain, they will be returned to you. Loans must be used for your education expenses. Student loans are disbursed on two separate dates during the semester. Refer to your master promissory note or contact Mustang Central to find out the dates your loan will disburse. Disbursement dates are regulated by the federal government, so we can't disburse your loans any earlier.
You may accept any amount less than your maximum award. Come into Mustang Central or call the financial aid advisor at 307-382-1653 to reduce the amount of your loan. For the maximum amount a student may borrow, for this information, visit the Federal Student Aid website at https://studentaid.gov/understand-aid/types/loans/subsidized-unsubsidized.
GENERAL FINANCIAL AID
Sign in to your MyWestern account and in the Self-Service Menu, choose For Students. This will open a drop-down menu on which you need to choose My Financial Aid., Review My Financial Aid. In your financial aid Award Letter you will see what you have been awarded for the year and the criteria for maintaining the award. After you have viewed your aid award letter, go to "Accept-Reject FA Awards." Here, you may choose which awards to accept and which to reject.
If accepting a loan, you will need to complete the Entrance Counseling and Master Promissory Note. Starting Summer 2021, students will also be required to complete the Annual Student Loan Acknowledgment every academic year. These links are also located on this page. It will transfer you to the FAFSA site, so you will need your FAFSA ID to log in and complete this process. Loans will not be processed without these two steps being completed.
If your aid has not been awarded, it could be for any number of reasons. Perhaps you have not submitted all of the necessary documents to Mustang Central. Some students are randomly selected for verification and additional information will need to be provided. If this happens a student will be notified through their MyWestern email, with instructions on how to complete this process. Perhaps your aid has been put on suspension. Contact Mustang Central (307) 382-1677 for more information about why your aid hasn't been awarded.
You can pay for school out of pocket or by using financial aid. Complete your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) at https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa to see if you are eligible for the Pell grant, Federal Work Study, or Subsidized or Unsubsidized loans. Visit the financial aid website to research scholarship opportunities.
How to view and apply for scholarships available to Western students:
- Visit the AcademicWorks Scholarship System.
- Click the red "Sign In" button in the top right corner to apply.
- Sign in with your westernwyoming.edu e-mail address and password. This information is provided after applying for admission to Western. Contact Mustang Central at (307) 382-1677 if you have any username and password issues.
DROPPING CLASSES/LOSS OF SCHOLARSHIPS
Dropping a class can have great impact or no impact on your financial aid. It depends on how many credits you were enrolled in originally, how many credits you will end up completing after the drop, and what your final semester GPA is. It is wise to consult Mustang Central to ensure that you fully understand the impact that dropping a class can have on your financial aid.
If you intend to attend Western after your mission, please notify Mustang Central that you are going on a mission and would like for us to hold your scholarships for you. Please send Mustang Central a copy of your Call Letter and a statement requesting that we hold your scholarships until you return from your mission. If you are returning from your mission and did not notify us beforehand, please bring us a copy of your Call Letter, your Mission Release and a statement requesting that we reinstate your scholarships.