Western State Colorado University
600 N. Adams Street
Gunnison, CO 81231
Fax: (970) 943-2363
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) determines your eligibility for financial aid which includes grants, loans, work-study and other need-based assistance. Students applying for federal financial aid must:
The FAFSA must be filled out each year to be considered for federal, state and institutional assistance.
The formula to determine financial aid eligibility or need is based on the results of your FAFSA. Need is calculated using the following formula:
|What it costs to attend (cost of attendance)|
|–||What your family can contribute (expected family contribution)|
|Your financial aid eligibility|
Families at all income levels can demonstrate financial need based upon their individual circumstances .Many different programs are available to assist families in meeting the cost of higher education.
Families who demonstrate financial need can receive a package of financial aid which usually includes a combination of gift aid (scholarships and grants) and self-help (loans and employment) to meet the need.
Once your FAFSA application has been processed by the Department of Education and you have received a Student Aid Report (SAR) with a valid EFC, your application will be sent to Western State Colorado University. Prospective students can expect to receive a tentative financial aid award letter at the end of March. Western State Colorado University provides a contingent award to assist you with your future educational investment. Your letter outlines the financial aid that you qualify for based on your FAFSA application. The award is tentative pending verification of selected information.
Verification is a review process verifying the accuracy of your federal financial aid application. If your FAFSA application is selected for verification you and your parent(s) if necessary, will be required to submit federal tax returns along with any other supporting documentation requested from the financial aid office. The selection process is random if selected by the Department of Education or, if upon review, we believe conflicting information is present. Western State Colorado University is required by law to resolve the conflicting information through the verification process. If your application is selected for verification, the process must be completed prior to receiving financial aid funds.
As of August 1, 2006, Colorado House Bill 06S-1023 requires state agencies verify the lawful presence of all applicants for public benefits. Colorado Law requires students who are receiving a ‘public benefit’ prove that they are lawfully present in the U.S. Public benefits include in-state tuition, WUE tuition, College Opportunity Fund stipends, military and athletic tuition waivers and any other state or institutionally funded financial benefit.