THE FAFSA IS NOW AVAILABLE!!
2021-2022 FAFSA is now available! The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is the main application for financial aid funding at West Chester University. All students applying for financial aid at WCU for fall 2021, spring 2022, and summer 2022 will need to file this FAFSA as soon as possible. This year WCU has decided to extend the FAFSA priority deadline to March 1st to help accommodate students during these challenging times. File now at studentaid.gov/FAFSA
COVID-19 Consideration: The FAFSA does require 2019 tax information and we ask all students who have been impacted by the pandemic to wait until after receiving their financial aid award to request a review of reduced income. WCU is currently working on an updated process in hopes to help simplify the review of special situations for both students and their families/influencers. Please check back with our office in mid-February for additional information.
FAFSA Frequently Asked Questions
No, we can accept your FAFSA and hold it in a suspense file which will help us expedite the processing of aid once accepted.
Yes. All students should be filing the FAFSA each year to be reviewed for aid for the next year.
Pennsylvania residents please make sure you complete a state grant form, you can verify this by setting up an account at pheaa.org. All students should review their student aid report in order to verify that there were no issues with the FAFSA. These could include;
- Being selected for verification
- Missing a signature (FSA ID for both parent and student)
- Listing income in the tax question (these should be two different amounts).
- Being flagged by Social Security Administration for Citizenship
- Being flagged for Selective Service Registration
Yes, Pennsylvania's FAFSA deadline is May 1st and Delaware's state grant deadline is April 1st. Unfortunately, New Jersey does not transfer state funds to Pennsylvania for a full list of states that offer out of state grants please see the "Grants" page on our website.
Technically, no you do not have to include rollover amounts that are coded with a G on a 1099R. However, if you used the IRS Data Retrieval Tool this will automatically populate. Please contact our office at firstname.lastname@example.org for instructions if you believe this is improperly reported.
No, you do not have to list your social security benefits on the FAFSA.
Cash, net worth of stocks, bonds, mutual funds, CDs, second property (not the home your living in). The value of 529 accounts should be reported under parents (if the parent is the owner of the account), but if it is owned by another relative it is not an asset, will be reported as income by the student on a future FAFSA after the contribution received.
Do NOT include:
- Value of your retirement
- Life Insurance
- Small business unless you have 100 or more employees
- Value of your car