Financial Aid Information

FAFSA

Each student must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year to apply for federal and institutional financial aid at West Liberty University.  Financial aid includes grants, loans, and work-study.

The FAFSA can be completed at www.fafsa.ed.gov/. The Central Processor will calculate an expected family contribution (EFC) figure based on the information provided on the FAFSA.  You may obtain an unofficial calculation of what your EFC may be for the upcoming year at http://www.fafsa4caster.ed.gov/.  The EFC is the estimated dollar amount the family should be able to contribute to the student’s cost of attendance (COA). The COA includes tuition and fees, room and board, books, and personal and transportation expenses incurred while the student is attending classes. The EFC is subtracted from the COA to determine financial need and aid eligibility.

The student must also list on the FAFSA the Title IV code for any college or university that they are interested in attending. West Liberty University’s Title IV code is: 003823.

Each school listed on the FAFSA will electronically receive a copy of the student’s processed report. This report will have the student’s EFC listed on it. This report will be used to determine aid eligibility and the amount of financial aid awards.

DEADLINES
West Liberty University has a priority deadline of  April 15 for institutional financial aid. Institutional financial aid includes the Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG), Perkins Loan, and Work-Study. Each student must complete the FAFSA and have it received at the Federal Processor’s Office prior to April 15 to meet this deadline. It is not necessary to meet this deadline in order to apply for the Federal Pell Grant and the Direct Stafford Loan.

Student Responsibilities for Receiving Financial Aid

  • For first-time students, return signed Financial Aid Estimate Letter accepting aid package
  • Returning students will be required to accept any desired aid on their WINS account prior to the semester starting.
  • Completing Promissory Notes for Direct Stafford loans, Direct Parent (PLUS) Loans (parent responsibility), and Perkins Loans , if applicable
  • Completing Entrance & Exit Counseling for Direct Stafford Loans and Perkins Loans, if applicable
  • Maintaining satisfactory academic progress for financial aid as listed in the college catalog
  • Notifying the Financial Aid Office of any outside awards received, change in housing arrangements, change in enrollment status, or change in marital status

WLU FINANCIAL AID OFFICE CODE OF CONDUCT

The West Liberty University Office of Financial Aid has adopted NASFAA’s (National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators ) Code of Conduct for Institutional Financial Aid Professionals as follows: is expected to always maintain exemplary standards of professional conduct in all aspects of carrying out his or her responsibilities, specifically including all dealing with any entities involved in any manner in student financial aid, regardless of whether such entities are involved in a government sponsored, subsidized, or regulated activity.  In doing so, a financial aid professional should:

  • Refrain from taking any action for his or her personal benefit
  • Refrain from taking any action he or she believes is contrary to law, regulation, or the best interests of the students and parents he or she serves
  • Ensure that the information he or she provides is accurate, unbiased, and does not reflect any preference arising from actual or potential personal gain
  • Be objective in making decisions and advising his or her institution regarding relationships with any entity involved in any aspect of student financial aid
  • Refrain from soliciting or accepting anything of other than nominal value from any entity (other than an institution of higher education or a government entity such as the U.S. Department of Education) involved in the making, holding, consolidation or processing of any student loans, including anything of value (including reimbursement of expense) for serving on an advisory body or as part of a training activity of or sponsored by any such entity
  • Disclose to his or her institution, in such manner as his or her institution may prescribe, any involvement with or interest in any entity involved in any aspect of student financial