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All students should apply for financial aid. Why? Even though your financial need determines some of the aid you can receive, your financial aid award isn’t always based on just income.

A significant portion of WCC students receive some form of financial support from a variety of sources. The main types of financial aid include:

There are some smaller, lesser known state and federal programs and private loans that also may help you pay for school.  Be sure to review these additional sources of financial aid.

Each program has different requirements, so make sure you get familiar with them all—you could qualify for multiple types of aid.

How to apply for financial aid

Applying for financial aid at WCC requires a few steps. Be sure to follow them carefully to make sure you get all of the aid for which you qualify. Here’s how to apply.

Deadlines

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is available in October for the following school year. Scholarship deadlines vary, so be sure to check each one individually. See the whole list of deadlines here.

How it pays

Understand how your aid is disbursed, and when. Here’s how the financial aid payment process works.

How to avoid problems

How can you help ensure that your financial aid experience goes smoothly and you remain eligible for aid? Following these tips is a great way to avoid problems later.

Tax information

Depending on your citizenship status and type of aid you receive, there may be different implications for your taxes.

Release of information

There are times when you may want to give us permission to discuss your information with someone else – like your parent or spouse. Find out how to release your information.