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Understanding financial aid at Western Michigan

Hello everyone, I'm considering applying to Western Michigan University and I'm really trying to understand financial aid/FAFSA and scholarships. Could anyone shed some light on this complex process? Thanks in advance!

11 days ago

Sure, happy to help! Let's start with the basics.

For financial aid, the first thing you'd do is complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFA). This form is used to determine your eligibility for federal grants, work-study funds, as well as loans. Even if you don't think you'll be eligible for need-based aid, it's still a good idea to fill out the FAFSA because it's often required for other types of aid. The form opens up on October 1st each year for the upcoming school year and you'll want to complete it as soon as possible since some aid is first-come, first-served.

In terms of what's specifically offered at Western Michigan University—they do have a variety of scholarship opportunities. Freshmen are automatically considered for merit-based awards when they apply, although some do require additional applications. These awards take into account academic performance and test scores (if you choose to submit) and are given to top-performing students.

They also offer specialty scholarships that you apply to separately—such as the Foundation Scholarship, Bronco Merit Scholarship, or Brown and Gold Scholarship.

To help understand possible costs and potential financial aid at WMU, you should use their Net Price Calculator (https://wmich.edu/registrar/calculator). It's a tool that gives you an estimate (not a guarantee!) of what it may cost you to attend WMU after considering potential financial aid.

Remember, each student’s financial situation is unique and what works for someone else may not work for you. Explore all your options and don’t be afraid to reach out to the WMU's financial aid office if you have additional queries. They are there to assist you through this process.

11 days ago

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