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The Schock Financial Aid Office

Parents

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The Schock Financial Aid Office

Address:
25 University Avenue, Suite 030
West Chester, PA 19383


Phone: 610-436-2627
Fax: 610-436-2574
Email: Finaid@wcupa.edu


Fall Hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 8:00am-4:30pm
Wednesday: 9:00am-4:30pm

Summer Hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 8:00am-4:00pm
Wednesday: 9:00am-4:00pm

Parents

The Office of Financial Aid is an integral partner in carrying out and actualizing West Chester University's overall Vision and Mission Statement as well as the University's purpose and Strategic Plan for Excellence.

As a parent or loved one we know that you want the best for your student. We also know that students and families who understand the financial aid process benefit by receiving the maximum amount of financial aid for which they qualify.

Tips for Parents

  • Discuss the information provided on the FAFSA with the student to empower them to answer questions they may be asked.
  • Submit complete, accurate information and documentation, on behalf of your student in a timely fashion.
  • Mail sent home is important, establish an effective method of handling correspondence/mail sent from the university.
  • Empower and encourage your student to take responsibility for not only their academic success but their fiscal success, as well.
  • The student's financial package and their bill can be monitored online. Encourage them to login into myWCU, frequently. See the"Parent Portal: Accessing Student Records in myWCU" tab for information on how you can gain access.
  • Most communication will be sent to the student via their student's WCU E-mail account. Encourage your student to check their email.

Students and families who understand the financial aid process benefit by receiving the maximum amount of financial aid for which they qualify.

Educational loans are often part of a student’s financial aid package. Loans are a serious, legal obligations. Only the borrower should electronically sign the Master Promissory Note of a loan and complete and entrance interview if required. Federal regulations restrict sharing certain information (i.e., PIN).

Parent Portal: Accessing Student Records in myWCU

Privacy laws dictate the information we are permitted to share. All communication will be sent directly to the student's attention. Students may authorize or restrict the release of information pertaining to their individual West Chester University records by submitting an Authorization To Release Information Form to our office.

Permission to view student information in myWCU is fully controlled by the student. The student is the only person who can grant other users, such as Parents or Guardians, access to view their information, and have the authority to remove access at any time.

The student also has full discretion over what pieces of information they make available to other users. The Parent Portal is solely an informational site; parents (and others) won’t have access to complete any transactions.

At this time, through the Parent Portal students will have access to choose which of the following pieces of information they make available:

  • Course History (includes grades): like an unofficial transcript
  • Student Grades: end of term grades
  • View addresses
  • View Class Schedule
  • View Financial Aid Awards
  • View Financial Aid Alerts
More information about the Parent Portal can be found on the Office of the Registrar's Student Records webpage.

Parents, encourage your student to...

  • Check, read and respond to emails they receive from the university promptly.
  • Visit the office if they have questions or need to check on the status of their aid.
  • Check, monitor and take action regarding all financial aid alerts that appear on their accounts ASAP, via myWCU.
  • Provide documentation requested to secure and complete the processing of the aid offered in their aid package.
  • Understand and take responsibility for their Academic success by doing what's required of them.
  • Understand and take responsibility for their Fiscal success by doing what's required of them now, in preparation of the future.

What is #WCUFinLit?

  • Lessons for critical and analytical thinking
  • Lessons for developing intellectual virtues needed to be good citizens
  • Lessons we need and use every day

Learn more about #WCUFinLit. Lessons learned now can last a lifetime.