It is important to know the deadlines for things needed to enter the institution, particularly the priority date for fall
financial aid is April 1. Also be aware that on-campus housing fills up. Students don't get into the queue until their deposit is
Complete Paperwork Fully:
It is very important that your student learn to complete the processes required. Higher education is a bureaucracy like any other
and there are things that have to be accomplished. Help them to fill out applications and financial aid forms. Don't do it for
them because they have to understand what they have and have not done when issues come up and they will.
Apply for Financial Assistance:
WWCC has a tremendous number of institutional scholarships and activity grants available to students. This is supplemented by the
statewide Hathaway program which provides scholarship dollars based on grade point average and ACT scores. Also the Sweetwater
graduate scholarship which is awarded to any student who graduated from a Sweetwater County high school in 2006 or after. Over 77%
of our students have some type of assistance to attend. Many scholarships have deadlines. Be sure to make yourself aware and help
your student to apply if they think WWCC is an option for them. They can always turn down aid if they choose another
Attend Special Programs:
WWCC offers a number of programs designed to introduce the college to you and your student and to remind them of the things that
need to be accomplished regardless of where they decide to attend. We have a choices program in the fall designed to facilitate
college planning and decision-making. Our senior day program in the spring helps students decide that Western is a viable option
for them. Throughout the year, we have specialized programs that are targeted based on major or special characteristics. This is a
great way to see what really happens in a particular field. Join us for one or more of these programs.
Attend Orientation Early:
Orientation attendance is required for in-coming full-time students. It must be done before the student can register for classes.
As the summer progresses, classes will begin to fill and the student doesn't get his or her ideal schedule. Parents/family are
encouraged to attend orientation as well. A special parent's session is conducted to provide parents with the same information
student receive from a parent's viewpoint. About 60% of our students have parents join them for the program.
After Your Student Begins at Western:
This is a transition time for the whole family. Here are a few hints to help you through this tough period (Hatch, 2004, p.
Learn to tolerate uncertainty and change
Trust your student's decision making
Avoid doing things for your student that he or she can do for him/herself
Come to terms with your student's strengths and limitations
Expect ups and downs because college is stressful and demanding
Keep in mind that students will have many challenges to manage but that they posses the abilities, skills and talents to do
College students change their career choice, hairstyle, clothes, language and even habits
Stay involved! Attend athletics events and other activities.