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Financial Aid Department

Financial Aid Services Center

Grants

A grant is free money that does not need to be repaid. Eligibility is determined by submitting a FAFSA or WASFA each academic year. Undergraduate students who have financial need, and are working on their first degree may be eligible for grant funds. Western Washington University participates in all of the following federal and state grant programs:

Federal TEACH Grant

The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant is a federal financial aid program that can help you pay for college if you’re studying to become a teacher. You must be admitted and enrolled in the Woodring College of Education as a matriculated undergraduate or graduate student. Post baccalaureate students are ineligible.

There are many important factors to consider when applying for the TEACH grant. Contact the Financial Aid Department for more information about the TEACH grant program. More information about the TEACH grant is available at studentaid.gov.

Federal Pell Grant

Federal Pell Grants are awarded to eligible undergraduate students based on the information submitted on the FAFSA. The amount of Pell Grant that a student is eligible to receive is based on the number of financial aid eligible credits for which the student is enrolled and attends each quarter. Pell Grant is enrollment sensitive and is reduced when a student is enrolled less than 12 credits (full-time) per quarter.

Financial aid eligible credits:

  • In general, only credits the student is enrolled in by the second Friday of the quarter (Pell Grant Recalculation Date), will count toward determining financial aid eligibility.
  • Students who are repeating a course for which they previously received a passing grade, may receive funding towards the completion of the course one additional time and have the repeat credits count towards their enrollment status for financial aid eligibility. Additional attempts to repeat the course thereafter will not count towards the fundable enrollment status.
  • Only coursework required for degree completion is eligible to be included in Pell Grant fundable enrollment.
  • Students must be in a financial aid-eligible academic program – non-matriculated students are not eligible.
  • Students who withdraw from courses after the quarterly lock date (the second Friday of the quarter) may be subject to Pell Grant recalculation and a review of their eligibility if their enrollment status changes as a result of this withdrawal.

Annual & Lifetime Pell Grant Limits

Generally, federal Pell Grant is awarded based on your expected full time enrollment over three quarters of attendance. This is called your ‘scheduled’ Pell Grant. In certain situations, Pell Grant eligible students can receive up to 150% of their scheduled Pell Grant each year. If you are a transfer student, or if you will be enrolling summer quarter at Western, your Pell Grant eligibility may be limited by annual limits. The amount of Pell Grant that may be received over a student’s lifetime is limited by federal law to be equivalent to 6 years of Pell Grant funding.

Summer Pell Grant Eligibility

  • Have completed the FAFSA for the current academic year no later than June 30th of the award year
  • Be Pell Grant eligible with remaining lifetime Pell Grant eligibility
    • Students may determine remaining eligibility by logging onto studentaid.gov with their username and FSA Id and then selecting ‘View Details” from the My Aid section of their dashboard. Lifetime Eligibility Units (LEU) can be viewed under ‘View Your Aid’ on clicking on the Grants page
  • Be meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
  • In most cases, there is a requirement to enroll at least half-time in required coursework (6+ credits)
    • If a student was enrolled full-time (12+ credits) and received the full-time Pell Grant amount for fall, winter and spring, the student may only receive Pell Grant if enrolled at least half-time (6+ credits) in required coursework.
    • If a student was enrolled part-time fall, winter, and/or spring, there is no minimum credit requirement to receive a summer Pell Grant (however it may be limited by the EFC threshold).
Important note:
  • Pell Grant alone is not enough to cover the full cost of attending classes in the summer.

Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship Act

  1. Student must be Pell-eligible and have a Pell-eligible EFC.
  2. Student had a parent or guardian die as a result of active service in the line of duty while performing as a public safety officer, as defined below, when the student was less than 24 years old or enrolled at an institution of higher learning at the time of the parent or guardian’s death.
Definition:

A fire police officer, defined as an individual who is serving in accordance with State or local law as an officially recognized or designated member of a legally organized public safety agency and provides scene security or directs traffic in response to any fire drill, fire call, or other fire, rescue, or police emergency, or at a planned special event or as defined in section 1204 of title I of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (42 U.S.C. 3796b).

If a student believes they meet the eligibility criteria and can provide supporting documentation, they should complete the Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship Application form.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

  • Eligibility is determined by submitting a FAFSA
  • Awarded to undergraduate students with the greatest financial need as calculated by the EFC (Expected Family Contribution)
  • Awards range between $100-$4,000 a year
  • Eligibility may be impacted by meeting the Priority Filing Deadline for submitting a FAFSA, January 31 of each year for the upcoming academic year.
  • Enrollment of half-time or more (six or more credits) per quarter is required to be eligible for this federal grant

Institutional Grant and Tuition Waivers

  • Eligibility is determined by submitting a FAFSA
  • Awarded to undergraduate students with financial need as calculated by the EFC (Expected Family Contribution)
  • Eligibility may be impacted by meeting the Priority Filing Deadline for submitting a FAFSA, January 31 of each year for the upcoming academic year.
  • Enrollment of half-time or more (six or more credits) per quarter is generally required to be eligible
  • May only be applied to regular Western tuition and fees or State Supported Programs
  • Cannot be applied to study abroad or online coursework

Washington College Grant (formerly WA State Need Grant)

  • Eligibility is determined by submitting a FAFSA or WASFA
  • Awarded to undergraduate students whose Median Family Income (MFI) and Family Size are within allowable state thresholds as determined annually by the Washington State Legislature.
  • Award amounts are determined depending on the institution that a student attends based on annual tuition and fees costs.
  • Eligibility may be impacted for the 2019-2020 school year by meeting the Priority Filing Deadline for FASFSA, January 31st, of each year. Changes to this eligibility will be forthcoming for the 2020-2021 school year as determined by the Washington State Legislature.
  • Students may receive up to 15 quarters of Washington College Grant, if eligible, in their lifetime.
  • Enrollment of 3 credits or more per quarter is required to be eligible for this state grant. Washington College Grant is enrollment sensitive and is reduced when a student is enrolled less than full-time (12 credits) per quarter.