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Financial Aid

How Financial Aid Pays

Here’s how the process works:

  1. Your instructors must verify your attendance in at least one of the first two sessions for each of your classes.
  2. The money is credited, or disbursed, to your student account. Your tuition, fees, books and supplies (if you used financial aid funds in the bookstore) will be deducted from your financial aid.
  3. If there’s still money remaining, you’ll receive a refund through direct deposit or a paper check. The Cashier’s Office processes refunds weekly. When you receive your refund depends on when your class(es) start.

Here are other things that determine how your financial aid pays:

  1. Course in Program of Study. Your financial aid eligibility is determined by taking courses that are part of your program.
  2. Attending Hours. Your aid will pay as your classes begin.

There are two exceptions:

  1. If you receive work-study, you’ll be paid every two weeks.
  2. If you are a 1st year student (30 earned credits or less at WCC) and have never borrowed a student loan, federal regulations require WCC to wait 30 days after classes begin to credit loan funds to your account.

Here is how to use your financial aid in the WCC Bookstore:

  1. You must authorize the bookstore to receive some of your funds.
  2. Go to MyWCC, click on the Financial Aid tab, Authorization Information, and then Barnes & Noble Bookstore transfer authorization. Read the authorization, accept and submit.
  3. The following day, you will have up to $75 per credit hour in the WCC Bookstore.
  4. Check your spending limit on MyWCC during the bookstore dates for the semester – the dates are below.
  5. Take your class schedule and WCC student ID card to the bookstore to purchase your books.

Here are the refund dates for the Fall semester:

Session(s) Start date Funds credited to account First refund date
15 weeks, First 12, 10, 7 ½, 5 weeks August 26 September 12 September 19
Second 12 weeks September 18 October 2 October 10
Second 10, 5 weeks October 2 October 16 October 24
Second 7 ½ weeks October 18 November 1 November 14
Third 5 weeks November 6 November 20 November 27

If you’ve authorized your financial aid to go to the WCC Bookstore, money will be available between August 16 and September 10, 2019.

Check Your Aid

To check the status of your financial aid, log into the WCC Gateway, click on MyWCC, Financial Aid, Award Information, and then click on Check Your Financial Aid Status.

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Contact Financial Aid

To contact WCC’s Financial Aid office, you can:

  • Visit the office on the second floor of the Student Center building
  • Call 734-973-3523
  • Send a fax to 734-677-5281
  • Send an email to

The office’s normal hours are Monday through Thursday from 8:00am to 7:00pm, Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm, and Saturday from 9:00am to 1:00pm.


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