Federal Financial Aid
To be eligible for federal financial aid, you must meet the eligibility requirements as specified by the Department of Education and Weber State University. These requirements include, but are not limited to, completing high school, enrolling in an eligible program of study, being a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen, maintaining Satisfactory Academic Progress, being without a loan default, and not owing a federal grant refund and/or repayment.
Federal financial aid is divided into 3 main categories:
Money you will not have to repay if you complete your courses.
Money you will have to repay, with interest. You must be enrolled at least half-time (6 credits for undergraduate students, 5 credits for graduate students).
Part-time jobs for undergraduate and graduate students with financial need. The money is earned and does not have to be repaid.
Federal Pell Grant
This grant is awarded to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor’s or a professional degree. The maximum annual award varies annually, according to federal pell charts. The amount you receive will depend on your eligbility (as determined by the FAFSA), your enrollment level, and your plans to attend school for a full academic year or less. This is money you do not have to repay if you complete your courses.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
This is a grant for undergraduate students with exceptional financial need. The award priority goes to Pell Grant recipients with the lowest expected family contribution. Like Pell Grants, it does not have to be paid back. You can get between $400 and $1,000 a year, depending on when you apply, your financial need, and the funding level at WSU. This grant is awarded only to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor’s or a professional degree.
Federal Direct Subsidized Loan (DLSF)
A subsidized loan is awarded on the basis of financial need. The amount you receive each year depends on your year in college and program of study. You will not be charged any interest before you begin repayment or during authorized periods of deferment. The federal government "subsidizes" the interest during these periods.
You have 6 months after you graduate, leave school or drop below half-time status before you must begin repayment. This is a loan and must be repaid.
Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan (DLUS)
An unsubsidized loan is available for eligible students upon request. Eligibility is determined primarily on cost of attendance minus other financial assistance. The amount you receive each year will depend on your year in college and program of study.
You will be charged interest from the time the loan is disbursed until it is paid in full. If you allow the interest to accumulate, it will be capitalized: the interest will be added to the principal amount of your loan, and additional interest will be based upon the higher amount. This will increase the amount you have to repay. If you choose to pay the interest as it accumulates, you will repay less in the long run.
You have 6 months after you graduate, leave school, or drop below half-time status before you must begin repayment. This is a loan and must be repaid.
Federal Parents Loan for Undergraduate Students (DLPL)
PLUS loans are available for parents of dependent students. Parents who do not have an adverse credit history can borrow up to the cost of their child's college attendance, minus any financial aid the child receives.
Students of parent borrowers must complete the FAFSA and be awarded before PLUS eligibility can be determined. Parents requesting this loan type must submit a completed PLUS Loan Request Form.
PLUS loans have a fixed interest rate of 8.5%. This is a loan and must be repaid.
Federal Graduate or Professional PLUS Loans (DLGP)
Graduate/Professional PLUS loans are available for graduate/professional students.
Low-interest loans for undergraduate and graduate students. The interest rate is fixed at 5% throughout the life of the loan. To qualify, you must have exceptional financial need. For undergraduate programs, you can borrow up to $4,000 per year, and for graduate programs, up to $6,000 per year.
Perkins Loans are made through the WSU Financial Aid and Scholarship Office. The loan is made with government funds, but the university is the lender and repayment is made to WSU. The amount of your monthly payment will depend on the size of your debt and the length of your repayment period.
You have 9 months after you graduate, leave school, or drop below half-time status before you must begin repayment. This is a loan and must be repaid.
If you accept a Federal Perkins Loan, you must:
- Sign and submit your promissory note. A promissory note is a legal contract that states you, the borrower, will repay the loan. Once you receive the promissory note, sign and return it to WSU’s Loan Service Office located in the Miller Administration Room 112.
- Complete an annual Perkins Loan orientation at mappingyourfuture.org.
Note: Information regarding loan funding received by the student or parent while at Weber State University will be submitted to the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) and will be accessible by state agencies and other institutions determined to be authorized users of the data system. This pertains to all loan programs listed above.
The Federal Work Study Program provides funding for part-time jobs for undergraduate and graduate students with financial need. The program encourages community service work and work related to your course of study. You are paid by the hour, and the rate is at least the federal minimum wage.
Work study jobs are regular jobs. You must find and apply for work study opportunities on or off campus. If you have problems finding a job, WSU's Career Services can assist you with resume writing and interviewing skills, along with ideas on where to look.
The maximum number of hours you can work at WSU during school sessions is 20 hours per week/40 hours per pay period, and you are paid every other week. Work study hours are typically scheduled around your classes, depending on the employer.
This money is earned and does not have to be repaid. Awards range between $1,000 and $6,000 and generally do not exceed $2,000 per semester.
To be awarded Federal Work Study, you must:
- Be enrolled at least half-time,
- Have financial need (as determined by the FAFSA), and
- Your tuition and fees must be paid for, or you must have a payment plan set up.
Accepting Your Award
If you are awarded Federal Work Study (FWS) after completing the FAFSA application:
- Accept your award on your student portal:
- Go to the Award Information app in eWeber.
- Log in with your username and password.
- Click “Accept/Review Award Offer by Aid Year” and select the appropriate year.
- Click on the “Accept Award Offer” tab.
- Check job listings: Jobs are available both on campus and off campus. Off-campus jobs usually involve work in community service with a private or public nonprofit organization, or a local, state or federal agency.
- To see a listing of all jobs available visit the WSU employment listings, select “Search Postings” in the left menu, then define “Hourly/Workstudy” as the Classification Type.
- Pick up your Work Study Certification Card from the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office no sooner than 1 week prior to the beginning of the semester. At that time, your tuition will need to be paid in full, or you must be enrolled in a payment plan.
- Have your employer sign and complete the certification card.
- Return the signed FWS Certification Card to the WSU Payroll Office (Miller Administration Room 111A).
- Complete your new hire paperwork: I-9 form, W-4 form for IRS withholding and bank information for direct deposit. Some positions may require a background check.
To activate your FWS award, you must initiate a job search once you have picked up your work study card from the WSU Financial Aid and Scholarships office.
If you do not activate your FWS account within 30 days of the start of the first day of class, the FWS award offer will be removed and re-awarded.