Policy 5310A

FINANCIAL AID AND SCHOLARSHIPS

Reference: Title IV Federal Aid Guidelines, Hathaway Scholarship Requirements

The College provides financial aid programs based upon (1) assessed financial need and/or (2) major, special population or interest, academic performance or special abilities. All Financial Aid programs will adhere to guidelines, procedures and standards issued by federal and state laws and other applicable regulatory, institutional and WWC Foundation requirements.

To be eligible to apply for financial aid, students must have earned a high school diploma or equivalency certificate. Students must reapply for financial aid for each academic year. To receive financial aid disbursement(s) during a semester or other attendance period, students must be making satisfactory academic progress at the time of the disbursement. Satisfactory academic progress is defined as enrolled in and attending the required credit hours and applicable coursework. At the end of each semester or academic year (depending upon type of aid), students must meet academic and other financial aid eligibility requirements for the semester/year just completed in order to be eligible for financial aid for a subsequent semester/year.

Financial Aid Review Board
The College establishes a Financial Aid Review Board consisting of the Vice President for Student Services, two faculty representatives appointed by the College Senate, one representative from Student Services, and the Financial Aid Officer to:

  • Advise the Financial Aid Office concerning financial aid policy and procedures, and
  • Provide an appeals board for students whose aid has been discontinued for academic deficiencies or other reasons.

Federal Aid
The College is approved by the U.S. Department of Education to participate in the Title IV programs for post-secondary students. These programs provide federal financial aid to qualified st udents.

The institution's Participation Agreement provides Institutional Eligibility and Certification for Title IV Student Financial Aid Programs. For Federal aid purposes, the College is approved as a public institution of higher education providing semester credit hours applying toward a specific list of one-year non-degree (Certificate) programs and the Associates Degree. The College is further approved for Federal aid purposes for both correspondence and telecommunications courses, and is also approved to administer Federal financial aid for students attending through approved College distance sites.

Loans
The College participates in the federal direct student loan program. Students are encouraged to minimize loan debt and must go through loan counseling and other required activities before a loan is awarded.

Short-Term Loans to Students
The College provides a limited loan program for full and part-time students who need a short term emergency loan to cover unforeseen expenses related to the cost of attendance.

Institutional Scholarships and Grants
The College funds a number of scholarships and grants based upon academic achievement, major, special ability, classification and other standards that support the enrollment management goals of the institution. Financial Aid administers these scholarship dollars. Available scholarships will be announced annually in financial aid publications, on the web, and through other appropriate communication channels.

Foundation Grants and Awards
The Western Wyoming College Foundation provides scholarships for students. Some have specific requirements and others are unrestricted scholarship dollars. The procedure references some but not all categories of assistance provided through the Foundation.

Adopted: June 28, 1979
Revised: March 9, 1983
Revised: May 26, 1988
Revised: June 26, 1997
Revised: May 10, 2001
Revised: December 10, 2015
Reformatted: March 17, 2017

Procedure 5310A

INSTITUTIONAL SCHOLARSHIPS and GRANTS

Scholarships are reviewed annually to assure that all target student groups have scholarship opportunities and that dollar amounts are within budget confines and provide appropriate incentives for student engagement and success.

Superior Student Scholarship
Graduating high school seniors with superior academic records may apply for these scholarships. Both in-state and out-of-state students may apply. The budget allocation will determine the number of these scholarships awarded each academic year. This scholarship is partially funded by the WWC Foundation.

Each scholarship provides the full cost of attendance for up to four consecutive semesters. If the student qualifies for the Hathaway Scholarship, the Hathaway scholarship will be included in the total award for the Superior Student Scholarship.

For consideration, applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.75 through at least seven high school semesters, and a composite score of 27+ on the ACT or 1220+ on the SAT.

An ad hoc committee will award these scholarships based on the information found in the student's letter of intent, recommendations, transcripts, and test scores. A limited number of applications will be selected for an interview. The award is contingent upon graduation from high school.

Applicants must complete the general application process for the scholarship.

These scholarships are available for four consecutive semesters so long as the student maintains the established academic criteria for continuation: complete at least sixteen credit hours per semester with a minimum 3.50 GPA and enrollment in the honors program.

Hathaway Scholarship and Western Wyoming Community College Academic Stipends
Honors
A stipend awarded to high school seniors for four consecutive semesters. The Honors stipend requires a minimum 3.50 high school GPA and ACT composite of 25. It includes the $3,200 Hathaway Scholarship plus a $1,200 institutional stipend. For continuation, students must complete twelve or more credit hours per semester with a minimum 2.50 GPA. Students must complete the Hathaway intent form to obtain the scholarship.

Performance
A stipend awarded to high school seniors for four consecutive semesters. The Performance stipend requires a minimum 3.00 high school GPA and ACT composite of 21. It includes the $2,400 Hathaway Scholarship plus a $1,200 institutional stipend. For continuation, students must complete twelve or more credit hours per semester with a minimum 2.50 GPA. Students must complete the Hathaway intent form to obtain the scholarship.

Opportunity
A stipend awarded to high school seniors for four consecutive semesters. The Opportunity stipend requires a minimum 2.50 high school GPA and ACT composite of 19. This is a $1,600 stipend. For continuation, students must complete twelve or more credit hours per semester with a 2.25 GPA. Students must complete the Hathaway intent form to obtain the scholarship.

Out-Of-State Academic Scholarship
Out-of-state students are eligible to receive an equivalent to the Honors, Performance and Opportunity-level scholarships. Amounts, requirements, and application processes are the same as those mentioned above.

Other Scholarships and Grants
Sweetwater County High School Graduate Scholarship
A stipend awarded to students that graduate from a Sweetwater County high school in 2012 or after. This scholarship must be initialized within two years of graduation from high school. This $2,000 a year stipend requires that applicants complete the application process for admission to Western and attend full-time. For continuation, students must complete twelve or more credits each semester with a 2.50 GPA. This scholarship is funded through the Western / Sweetwater County School Districts BOCES agreement.

Division Scholarships
Recipients selected by the Divisions from students who are majors or otherwise excel in the area. Awards made each spring for the following year. Amounts vary.

Competition Grant
Provides stipends for successful competition in College department events. Minimum cumulative GPA is a 2.00. Specific categories and awards are announced annually. Auditions occur during the senior day event.

Special Ability Grant
Provides grants in Athletics, Art, Dance, Forensics, Music or Theatre. Contracts may be offered for stipends or to cover tuition, room, board or a combination of these. The minimum criterion is a 2.00 GPA. Awarded by coaches and advisors.

Transfer Scholarship
A four-semester stipend awarded to students transferring to Western after attending another post-secondary educational institution and do not qualify for Hathaway funding. Transfer must occur within five years of last college attendance. This $3,500 stipend requires that the student has a minimum 3.50 college GPA and completed a minimum of twelve college credit hours. For continuation, students must complete fourteen credit hours per semester with a 3.00 GPA.

Part-time
Awarded to incoming or current degree-seeking part-time students at Western and will provide tuition for one three-credit hour course each semester for one academic year. Students must complete the required application and personal essay. For continuation, students must complete the three-credit hour course with a 3.00 GPA. Partially funded through the WWC Foundation.

Non-traditional Student
A four semester stipend awarded to entering or returning adult students attending Western full­ time that have been out of high school for at least five years. This $1,800 stipend requires that the student have a minimum high school GPA of 2.50 or college GPA of 2.75. For continuation, students must complete twelve credit hours per semester with a 3.00 GPA. (Amounts are prorated for less than full-time attendance). Partially funded through the WWC Foundation.

Excellence in Academics
A four semester stipend awarded to degree seeking students who have completed a minimum of twelve credits at Western Wyoming Community College with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.50. This $4,400 stipend requires that students complete twelve credit hours per semester with a 3.00 GPA for continuat ion. Partially funded through the WWC Foundation.

Dual Enrollment Student Grant
This grant is available to all Sweetwater County High School seniors who meet the requirements to take a dual enrollment course (minimum 3.25 high school GPA). Students must complete Western's High School Concurrent/Dual Enrollment form and submit it to Records and Registration at the College. The grant will fund a maximum of six credit hours per semester.

Wyoming Overseas Combat Veteran's Waiver
Provides free tuition at the University of Wyoming and community colleges for overseas combat veterans, combat veteran widows and orphans. To qualify as an overseas combat veteran, a person was a resident of Wyoming for at least one year prior to entering into active service, was honorably discharged and was awarded the armed forces expeditionary medal or other authorized service or campaign medal indicating service to the United States in any armed conflict in a foreign country. For additional information, contact the veteran's representative in Financial Aid.

Adopted: June 28, 1979
Revised: March 9, 1983
Revised: May 26, 1988
Revised: June 26, 1997
Revised: May 10, 2001
Reformatted: May 4, 2011
Revised: December 10, 2015
Reformatted: March 17, 2017

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