About Financial Aid

Every year, Weber State University offers more than $90 million in federal financial assistance. We try to make applying for these funds as easy as possible.

We encourage you to utilize all the forms of financial aid available to you, including:

  • Dream Weber
  • Employer Tuition Assistance Programs
  • The Federal Work Study Program
  • The Job Training Partnership Act
  • Private or Alternative student loans
  • Parent PLUS Loans
  • Pell Grants
  • Perkins Loans
  • Direct Loans (Subsidized, Unsubsidized, PLUS and Graduate PLUS)
  • State Student Incentive Grants
  • Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants
  • Veterans' benefits
  • Vocational Rehabilitation

You can apply for many of these forms of financial aid from the same Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application.

Application Deadlines

Federal financial aid requirements change each year. You should reapply each year, even if you didn't qualify for aid in the past. The priority filing date for federal financial aid is April 1. You can still apply for financial aid after this date but your money may not be available in time for the beginning of class. The WSU Financial Aid and Scholarship Office suggests that students apply as early as possible as award offer processing time may take 8 to 10 weeks. The priority date to submit verification documents is May 1. If a student is requesting loan assistance, additional processing time will be required.
 
Cost of Attendance

Your cost of attending WSU includes direct educational costs such as tuition, fees, books and supplies, as well as an allowance for living costs such as room, board, transportation and personal expenses.

Your cost of attendance will depend on:

    • where you live while attending WSU
    • if you are an undergraduate or graduate student
    • if you are a Utah resident or non-resident student

Budget for 2014-2015 (undergraduate level based on two semesters at full-time)

 

 Description    Living with Parent  Other Resident  Non-Resident
 Tuition/Fees          $5,184         $5,184        $13,839
 Books/Supplies          $1,200         $1,200        $1,200
 Room/Board          $5,400         $8,400        $8,400
 Transportation          $2,000         $2,000        $2,000
 Miscellaneous          $2,000         $3,000        $3,000
 Loan Fees          $52         $52        $52
 TOTAL          $15,836         $19,836        $28,491

 

Cost of Attendance amounts are displayed on the each student's Award Offer as aid eligibility has is determined. These amounts are updated annually and may vary based on each students circumstance.
   
 
The Net Price Calculator is a helpful tool that parents and students may use to estimate the affordability of attending Weber State University. To use this tool, click on our link above. 
 

Consortium Agreements

Consortium agreements are provided to help students attending more than one qualified institution at the same time. (Students may receive federal financial aid from only one school at a time.) The purpose is to make sure the student receives all the financial aid for which they are eligible. Students must contact the WSU Financial Aid and Scholarship Office to determine their eligibility and to pick up an application form. 

Deadlines for Consortium agreements are as follows:

Fall Semester                                Nov. 15

Spring Semester                           April 15

Summer Semester                        June 15

Consortium agreements are limited to schools within the State of Utah.

A student's Federal Financial Aid Application must be completed before applying for a Consortium agreement.


Disbursement Information
 
 
Pell Grants, SEOG, LEAP, UCOPE, TIERG, Perkins and Stafford Loans can be available no earlier than 10 days before the first day of class.

Federal Work Study earnings are paid every two weeks.

You will receive a registration billing statement after you have registered. You are responsible to pay for any remaining charges that your federal financial aid does not cover. The WSU Financial Aid Office does not cover library fines, traffic fines, or other non-educational fees. You may be charged an additional $40 late fee if tuition is not paid before the deadline. Any residual money will be mailed to you in a check once tuition is paid.
 
 
Drug Conviction Consequences
A federal or state drug conviction can disqualify a student from receiving financial aid.  Convictions only count if they were for an offense that occurred during a period of enrollment for which the student was receiving Title IV aid (federal grants, loans, and/or work-study).  They do not count if the offense was not during such a period.
 
A conviction that was reversed, set aside, or removed from the student’s record does not affect Title IV aid eligibility.  Also, a juvenile conviction does not affect Title IV aid eligibility, unless the student was tried as an adult.

The information below illustrates the period of ineligibility for Title IV aid, depending on whether the conviction was for sale or possession and whether the student had previous offenses.  A conviction for sale of drugs includes convictions for conspiring to sell drugs.

  Possessing Illegal Drugs Sale of Illegal Drugs
 1st Offense  1 year from date of conviction  2 years from date of conviction
 2nd Offense  2 years from date of conviction  Indefinite Period
 3+ Offense  Indefinite Period  Indefinite Period
 
 
Regaining Title IV eligibility after a conviction for possession or sale of drugs.

Students who are convicted of possession or sale of drugs may regain eligibility for Title IV funding in a number of ways.

  • A student automatically regains eligibility the day after the period of ineligibility ends. Click here for the 2013-14 Student Aid Eligibility Worksheet for FAFSA Question 23 to determine when your period of ineligibility will end. For the 2014-15 application year, click here.
  • A student may also regain eligibility for Title IV funds when they successfully complete a qualified drug rehabilitation program. An acceptable drug rehabilitation program must include at least two unannounced drug tests, and be qualified to receive funds from a federal, state or local government or from a federally or state-licensed insurance company; or be administered or recognized by a federal, state or local government agency or court, or a federally or state-licensed hospital, health clinic or medical doctor.
  • Students denied eligibility for an indefinite period can regain eligibility for Title IV funds only after successfully completing a rehabilitation program. It is the student's responsibility to certify they have successfully completed an acceptable rehabilitation program.

 Enrollment Level

Your enrollment level partially determines how much aid you are eligible to receive. If your enrollment level changes during a semester, your award will be affected. If you register for independent study classes, your financial aid may be reduced. Contact our office before you register for independent study for additional information.

If you register as a full, three-quarters or part-time student, you must complete the minimum number of credit hours with passing grades to maintain eligibility for financial aid. Repeat courses do not count toward the minimums listed above. See the Satisfactory Progress Policy on this site for further information regarding completion requirements.

Undergraduate enrollment level:

  • Full time = 12+ credit hours
  • Three quarters time = 9-11 credit hours
  • Half time = 6-8 credit hours
  • Less than half time (only applicable to Federal Pell Grants) = 1-5 credit hours
Graduate enrollment level:
  • Full time = 9+ credit hours
  • Half time = 5-8 credit hours

    No federal assistance is available to graduate students who are enrolled less than half time (1-4 credit hours).

Income Adjustments
 

Your income last year may not accurately reflect your financial strength or your family’s ability to contribute toward your college education. Under unusual and extenuating circumstances only, and with adequate documentation of those circumstances, a financial aid counselor may make adjustments to your income data to more accurately measure your or your family’s ability to pay for educational costs.

Some circumstances that may be considered for 2013-2014:

  • Tuition expenses paid at an elementary or secondary school for a dependent child in 2013
  • Unusual medical or dental expenses paid in 2013 which were not covered by insurance
  • A student, spouse or parent has a loss of employment or reduction in income
  • A student, spouse or parent who was employed full-time in 2012 is no longer employed full-time in 2013
  • Loss of benefits received in 2013: For example, unemployment compensation, social security benefits or court-ordered child support

If any of the above applies to you and if your earnings were drastically reduced in 2013, please contact the WSU Financial Aid Office. Any adjustment requires a meeting with a Financial Aid Advisor.

Remember, you must provide adequate documentation of your special circumstance before any adjustments will be made to your application data. Only one adjustment will be made per award year. No adjustment for 2013-2014 will be made before July 1, 2013.  All adjustments end for 2013-14 on March 1, 2014.

2013-14 Dependent Student Special Circumstance Form

2013-14 Independent Student Special Circumstance Form

 

Independent Study and Distance Learning

Students may receive financial aid for Independent Study/Distance Learning courses. However, tuition waivers and scholarships cannot be used for these courses.

Check out more information on independent study and distance learning.

Repeat Course Work

Repeat Coursework Policy

1. Grades of A, B, C, D (including + and -) and CR are considered course credit hours successfully completed, regardless of minimum grades set for specific courses by departments.

2. Grades of I, T, W, UW, NC, or E are considered course credit hours not

successfully completed.

3. Students may receive federal financial aid for only one (1) repetition of a course successfully completed previously as defined by the letter grades noted above.

4. A possible exception exists for coursework with the same Department Name, Course Number and Title but whose content varies by term and is required to complete the student’s current active program of study. All exceptions require the student to complete and submit a Repeat Coursework Petition.

Important Notes: Students taking repeated courses should consult with the Financial Aid & Scholarship Office personnel prior to registration to ensure repeated courses are counted appropriately for financial aid eligibility. In addition, a student may need to provide documentation from the academic Department Chair of their valid active program regarding the need to repeat courses.

Students taking repeated courses should consult with the Financial Aid & Scholarship Office personnel prior to registration to ensure repeated courses are counted appropriately for financial aid eligibility. In addition, a student may need to provide documentation from the academic Department Chair of their valid active program regarding the need to repeat courses.

Students taking repeated courses should consult with the Financial Aid & Scholarship Office personnel prior to registration to ensure repeated courses are counted appropriately for financial aid eligibility. In addition, a student may need to provide documentation from the academic Department Chair of their valid active program regarding the need to repeat courses.

Please note that all "attempted" coursework counts toward GPA and Completion Rate requirements as well as toward the maximum hours used to determine financial aid eligibility.

Financial Aid Eligibility Examples

Eligibility Allowed

1. Student is enrolled in 15 credit hours which include repeating a 3 hour class previously taken twice with a passing grade. Because the student is enrolled in 12 credit hours with classes that are not repeats the student’s eligibility is not impacted due to the University’s tuition plateau. (Note: taking 12 credit hours is considered full-time by Federal Financial Aid policy).

2. Student is enrolled in 12 credit hours which include repeating a 3 hour class not yet passed. Since the student has never passed the course, the student’s financial aid eligibility is not impacted by the repeat.

3. Student submits the Repeat Coursework Petition and is approved. Student is allowed to repeat a course where the Department Name, Course Number and Title are the same but the course content varies by term and the course is required to complete their current active program of study. The student will need to make this same petition each semester.

Eligibility Not Allowed

1. Student is registered for 12 credit hours which include a 3 hour class previously repeated and passed with an A, B, C, D or CR grade. Since the student has taken the course twice, only 9 credits will count for financial aid eligibility.

2. A student is currently enrolled in 12 credit hours which includes repeating a 3 hour class previously taken with a passing grade. Student withdraws from the course within the withdraw deadline and received a W grade. The next semester the student registers for 12 credit hours and repeats the same 3 credit hour course. Only 9 credits will count for the financial aid eligibility.

 

Satisfactory Academic Progress

 In order to continue receiving financial aid, you need to meet certain academic standards:

  • Pace of Completion: Successful completion of 67 percent of attempted credits
  • GPA: Maintain a 2.0 grade point average (GPR) or higher
  • Maximum time frame: Complete program within 150% of published length

Failure to meet these standards could result in the denial of your financial aid or being placed on probation by the WSU Financial Aid and Scholarship Office.

Check out more details about Satisfactory Academic Progress

 

 Tax Credits

For information on tax credits and deductions, click on WSU Tax Credit Resources for Education or  IRS.gov.

 

Withdrawing From School

Up through the 60 percent point in each semester or period or enrollment, a pro rata schedule (Return to Title IV) is used to determine the amount of FSA funds the student has earned at the time of withdrawal. After the 60 percent point in the semester or period of enrollment, a student has earned 100 percent of the Title IV funds he or she was scheduled to receive during the period.

If a recipient of Title IV grant or loan funds withdraws from a school after beginning attendance, the amount of Title IV grant or loan assistance earned by the student must be determined. If the amount disbursed to the student is greater than the amount the student earned, unearned funds must be repaid. You may contact the Financial Aid & Scholarship Office for any questions at 801-626-7569 or email finaid@weber.edu.

Check out more information about withdrawing.

 

NOTE: Additional information about student requirements, terminology and responsibilities can be found on Student on the Web which is hosted by the US Department of Education.


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