Financial Resources and Processes at Western

Financial Aid

More than 60 percent of students at Western receive financial aid in the form of grants, tuition waivers, scholarships, student employment and/or loans to help pay for tuition, books, educational supplies, housing, food, transportation and personal expenses.

 

The Financial Aid Department assists students and their families with scholarships, outside/private scholarships, grants, work study opportunities, and loans.

Old Main 265, 360-650-3470, financialaid@wwu.edu, finaid.wwu.edu/client_services

At Western, there are a number of resources available to students and families to help with college expenses. More than 60 percent of students at Western receive financial aid in the form of grants, tuition waivers, scholarships, student employment and/or loans to help pay for tuition, books, educational supplies, housing, food, transportation and personal expenses. For questions about your financial aid offer or FAFSA, contact the Financial Aid Department: Old Main 265, 360-650-3470, financialaid@wwu.edu, finaid.wwu.edu/client_services

Scholarships from Western Washington University may be awarded based on academic merit, talent, extracurricular activities, leadership and community involvement, and in some cases, need. New students are automatically considered for most scholarships based on their information in the application for admission. For questions regarding scholarship options, contact Western’s Scholarship Center: Old Main 285, 360-650-3471scholarshipcenter@wwu.edufinaid.wwu.edu/scholarships/pages/

Outside/Private Scholarships are awards that students apply for and are awarded outside of Western Washington University. These may be scholarships from community, state or national organizations. There are many resources for assisting students in finding these opportunities. For example, TheWashBoard.org is a free, student-centered, online clearinghouse for both Washington residents and students attending Washington colleges and universities who are seeking college scholarships. For questions regarding scholarship options, contact Western’s Scholarship Center: Old Main 285, 360-650-3471, scholarshipcenter@wwu.edu, finaid.wwu.edu/scholarships

Grants are “free” money offered to undergraduate students who have high financial need as determined by the FAFSA. Western participates in most state and federal grant programs including the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG), Washington College Grant, Institutional Grants and Tuition Waivers.

Federal loans include the Federal Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized loan programs, and the Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS) program. Eligibility requires a completed FAFSA and at least half-time enrollment. Loan amounts depend on the FAFSA information, class standing, and dependency status. Loans must be repaid. For more information and to complete the required Master Promissory Note and Entrance Counseling visit studentaid.gov. Private educational loans are also available. Contact the Financial Aid Department for details.

Work Study is a form of financial aid offered to students with high financial need. Work Study provides employment opportunities on campus and in the local community. Students earn a paycheck for the hours worked. Funds are not subtracted from the tuition bill. Students may find Work Study and non-Work Study employment opportunities through the Student Employment Center: Old Main 245, 360-650-3158, studentemployment@wwu.edu, finaid.wwu.edu/studentjobs

Student Business Office

The Student Business Office, SBO for short, is Western’s one stop for all past, present, and future students. We provide services from taking payments for charges on the Western Account Online, preparing a monthly statement of accounts, and helping former students navigate past due balances. 

Old Main 110, 360-650-2865, sbo@wwu.edusbo.wwu.edu/

To access Western Account Online: 

Navigate to sbo.wwu.edu and click on ‘Students’ under the ‘Quick Links’ 

The SBO emails a courtesy notification to a student’s Western email address when a monthly statement is available. Students are responsible for monitoring their account activity regularly on their Western Account Online for any additional charges that may be added. Please note, the SBO does not send out invoices or bills. 

Need access to your student’s Western Account Online? Make sure your student completes a 

Release of Financial Information Form. This document allows access to account information in compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. Students can add their parents or other users to their accounts by sending them a Payer Invitation through the payment portal.  Payers can view account activity, make payments, and receive email notifications. 

Tuition, mandatory fees, on-campus housing, and meal-plan charges are all due on the first day of each term. After the first day, those tuition and fees become past due. 

Bookstore purchases, medical service charges, ID card replacement and other miscellaneous charges also appear on the Western Account Online. Miscellaneous charges remaining unpaid after 30 days are considered past due. By default, financial aid will not cover these charges. In order to have financial aid apply, students will need to fill out an Authorization to Apply Financial Aid Funds

Payments should be made online using E-Check (free), with a credit or debit card (2.75 percent convenience fee), or with certain 529 plans (plan dependent). 

Late fees and interest are charged after the close of business on the 15th of each month. A late fee of $55 and a one percent interest charge will be assessed to past-due accounts monthly. 

Our Debt Recovery unit is available to assist with questions regarding past-due balances. They can be reached at 360-650-2943, or by email at sbo.debtrecovery@wwu.edu. 

 

Western Card Office

Your Western Card is a student's official university credential and may be used for library services, dining services, copy services, ATUS, access to the Student Rec Center, WTA buses and more. 

Old Main 110, 360-650-7414westerncard.wwu.edu