Rammy says file your 2022 FAFSA by February 1st in order to be entered for a $250 book scholarship


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 by the priority deadline February 1st. File now at studentaid.gov/FAFSA 

Scholarship Raffle:  Students who file their FAFSA by February 1st will be entered into a raffle to win a one-time book scholarship for $250 to be used at the WCU Bookstore. Winners will include one currently enrolled student for spring 2021 and one incoming student to use in either spring 2021 or fall 2021 based on when they are admitted. 

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 schedule a special situations review for any changes to income. 

Register for a FAFSA Filing Appointment

FAFSA Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to be accepted to file my FAFSA?

No, we can accept your FAFSA and hold it in a suspense file which will help us expedite the processing of aid once accepted. 

Do I have to file a FAFSA every year?

Yes. All students should be filing the FAFSA each year to be reviewed for aid for the next year. 

What should I do after I file my FAFSA?

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

Is there a deadline to be considered for state grants?

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. 

Do I have to list my retirement funding if it is a rollover?

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 finaid@wcupa.edu for instructions if you believe this is improperly reported. 

Should Social Security Benefits be included on the FAFSA?

No, you do not have to list your social security benefits on the FAFSA. 

What assets should be included 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
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