Applying for financial aid can be an involved process – especially if you are doing it for the first time. The following steps will help you with the process.
Step 1: Obtain a PIN
A real time personal identification number will be issued to first time applicants when completing the FAFSA. This number will act as your signature on the FAFSA. It is important to retain this number as it will be used in the future. For returning applicants, the PIN previously issued will act as your signature. If you have forgotton or lost this number, you can receive retrieval instructions at www.pin.ed.gov. If you are a dependent student, your parents should also apply for a PIN number to electronically sign the FAFSA. Once you have your PIN number, continue to Step 2.
Step 2: Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- Access it on-line at www.fafsa.ed.gov. If you fill out the FAFSA application on-line you will need a PIN number to electronically sign your application (see above). Weber State University's school code number is 003680. We encourage students and parents of dependent students to use the IRS Data Retrieval tool when completing the FAFSA.
- If you prefer, you can submit a paper application instead of an on-line application. Be aware that processing may take longer than the on-line submission. Obtain the paper form from one of three sources:
- WSU Financial Aid Office, Student Service Center, room 120; or
- Federal Student Aid Information Center, call 1-800-4-FED-AID; or
- Your local high school guidance counselor
- You can apply for financial aid anytime. However, to ensure that your funding is available for the beginning of the semester you should apply by the priority deadline of April 1.
- Once the FAFSA is processed the WSU Financial Aid and Scholarship Office should receive the results electronically in about a week. Once WSU receives this data, you will be able to continue on to Step 3.
Step 3: Complete the WSU financial aid application and check your status
- From the WSU home page, log-in to the eWeber portal. Go to the Student Services tab and follow the link Financial Aid to the Financial Aid Application. If you cannot accesseWeber, you need to create a Wildcat ID (WCID). Click on the Get your WildCat Username link and follow the instructions. If you encounter any problems with your account, call Computing Support at 801-626-7777.
- You must complete the FAFSA application before you can fill out the WSU financial aid application. It takes approximately 10 days for WSU to receive the results from the U.S. Department of Education.
- Check your application status while logged in to eWeber portal. Any necessary documents you need to submit to the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office will be listed. Do not bring in any documents unless requested under the Check Status option. Starting with the 2012-13 application year, student's and parent's of dependent student are encouraged to use the IRS Data Retrieval tool when completing or updating their FAFSA online. If tax information is requested by WSU Financial Aid and Scholarships office, we will need to gather IRS Tax Transcripts, Wage and Income Transcripts or W2's. Signed 1040 forms will not be accepted.
Step 4: Notification and Acceptance of Financial Aid
- Notification of your award will be sent to you through your Wildcat e-mail account, which is also accessed through the eWeber portal. Your award information is also displayed on-line. Log-in toeWeber, click on the Student Services tab, then the Financial Aid link, then select Overall Award Information, then Accept Award Offer By Aid Year. (Please note the other areas online in which you can obtain valuable information regarding your account).
- In order for you to receive your financial aid you must accept the award on-line. You can accept all or part of the award offer. Keep in mind that student loan requests require additional processing time once accepted. To accept your award, click on the "TENT" display. This will create a drop down box where you can select "ACCEPT" or "DECLINE".
- WSU does NOT mail out information through the postal service. Therefore, it is essential that you access eWeber regularly to check your financial aid status and read your Wildcat e-mail. If you need to set-up a wildcat e-mail account go to: weber.edu/eservices.
Federal Aid eligibility is based on individual financial need, the information provided on the financial aid application (FAFSA), the regulations governing the various student aid programs and the available funds at Weber State University. The formula used to determine an award based on the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is as follows.
- Cost or Attendance for a period of time (COA)
- Less - Expected Family Contribution (EFC)
- Less - Other Sources of Assistance
- Equals = Need for Financial Aid