Financial aid is a grant, scholarship, loan or employment opportunity which assists students with their educational expenses. Most financial aid is awarded on the basis of financial need, or the difference between the cost of education (tuition, fees, books, transportation, etc.), and the amount parents and/or students can contribute toward these expenses. WCCC participates in several state and federal financial aid programs.
Types of Federal Aid:
- Federal Pell Grant
- Federal College Work-Study
- Federal Stafford Loan/PLUS
Types of Pennsylvania State Aid:
Basic Eligibility Criteria
In order to be eligible for many forms of financial aid a student must:
- Be a citizen or eligible non-citizen of the United States
- Be enrolled in a degree, diploma or certificate program (audited courses do not count toward enrollment status)
- Have a high school diploma, GED or have been home-schooled
- Be registered with Selective Service if a male
- Be in good academic standing and maintain satisfactory progress according to college, state and federal regulations
How to Apply
- Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and mail it to the processor or complete it online at www.fafsa.ed.gov as soon as possible after January 1. In order for the Financial Aid Office to receive the application information from the processor, students must include WCCC as one of the colleges they plan to attend. WCCC’s Title IV code is 010176
- Submit tax return transcripts, corrections and any other requested documentation to the Financial Aid Office in a timely manner
- To ensure timely consideration, students should have paperwork on file in the Financial Aid Office by June 15 for the upcoming fall term
Types of Federal Student Aid
Minimum Standards of Academic Progress for Financial Aid
To continue to receive financial aid from the government-funded programs listed below, students must maintain financial eligibility and satisfactory academic progress in their courses of study according to the standards and practices of the granting agency and the college.
The standards include a quantitative measure (minimum standards of completion) as well as qualitative measure (grade point average). Students who earn a grade point average below 2.0 may lose financial aid for future semesters and should check with the Financial Aid Office.
The minimum standards of completion are as follows:
- Pell Grant and College Work-Study — Students must successfully complete 70% of the credits they attempt
- PHEAA Grant — Students must successfully complete at least 24 credits per academic year if full-time and 12 credits if part-time. Students must be in a two-year degree program of study
- Direct Loan/PLUS — Students must successfully complete 70% of the credits attempted per year. In addition, they must successfully complete 30 credits each year in order to qualify for level two in the loan program. Students must be attending at least 6 credits to be eligible for loan funds when they arrive to the college. If less than 6 credits, funds will be returned to lender
After each semester, academic progress will be reviewed in order to determine future eligibility for Pell or PHEAA grants. Eligibility for loans and work-study will be based on a student's past academic performance at the college. Courses with an I (incomplete), W (withdrawal) or an F grade will be considered as courses attempted but not successfully completed. Financial aid may be awarded for repeated courses only in if the original grade in the course is below a "C." Financial aid will not be awarded for a course repeated more than once.
How long can I receive aid?
For an undergraduate program the time frame cannot exceed 150% of the published length of the program measured in academic years or terms, credit hours attempted, or clock hours completed, as determined by your school. For instance, if the published length of an academic program is 60 credit hours, the maximum period must not exceed 90 (60 × 1.5) attempted credit hours.
A student's lifetime Pell grant eligibility is limited to six scheduled awards (12 semesters).