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Financial Aid

How Financial Aid Pays

Here’s how the process works:

  1. Your instructors must verify that you attend at least one of the first two sessions for each of your classes.
  2. If you want to use your financial aid in the WCC Bookstore, you must authorize the bookstore to receive some of your funds. To do so, go into MyWCC after logging into the WCC Gateway, click on the Financial Aid tab, and follow the path Bookstore Information/Barnes & Noble College Bookstore Transfer Authorization. You’ll then have a credit of $75 per credit hour in the WCC Bookstore, where you can use it to buy books and supplies. Check your bookstore spending limit on MyWCC during the published bookstore dates for the semester. If you have a spending limit, take your class schedule and WCC student ID card to the bookstore to buy your books.
  3. The money is credited to your account, or disbursed, at the WCC Cashier’s Office, which deducts costs such as tuition, fees, books, and supplies.
  4. If there’s still money remaining, you’ll receive a refund through direct deposit or a paper check.

There are two exceptions:

  1. If you receive work-study, you’ll be paid every two weeks.
  2. If you’re a new college student and receive a Direct Loan, federal regulations require that WCC wait until 30 days after classes begin to credit loan funds to your account.

Here are refund dates for the Fall Semester:

Session(s) Start date Funds credited
to account
First refund date
15 weeks, first 5, 71/2, 10, 12 weeks12,10 weeks August 21 September 10 September 17
Second 12 weeks September 15 September 29 October 8
Second 5, 10 weeks September 29 October 13 October 22
Second 71/2 weeks October 15 October 29 November 5
Second 5 weeks November 3 November 17 November 25

The Cashier’s Office processes refunds weekly. When you receive your refund depends on when your class(es) start.

If you’ve authorized the bookstore to receive some of your funds, that money is available in the bookstore between August 15 and September 5, 2015.

Check Your Aid

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

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