Financial Aid Overview
Although the cost of a college education at Central Wyoming College is relatively low, many students need and receive financial aid. During recent years, approximately 68 percent of CWC's degree-seeking students received some form of assistance. Financial aid is available and applicants for admission are encouraged to apply. The Financial Aid Office welcomes inquiries about the wide range of financial aid opportunities available to CWC students.
The financial aid process should be completed by the Financial Aid Priority deadline of April 15 to ensure full consideration for all available need-based aid. Students who fail to complete the process at least one month prior to the beginning of each first academic term should plan to bring sufficient funds to cover tuition, fees, books and supplies, as well as living expenses.
Students who wish to be considered for need-based financial assistance must, satisfy the following requirements:
- Be enrolled at least half-time as a degree-seeking student in an eligible program leading to an AA, AS, AAS or certificate;
- Be a United States citizen or an eligible non-citizen;
- Males 18 years of age and older must be registered with Selective Service (www.sss.gov)
- Submit an official high school transcript with graduation date and GPA. For GED graduates, you must submit your test scores showing completion;
- Maintain satisfactory progress toward completing an AAS, AA, AS degree or certificate (See Satisfactory Academic Progress);
- Not be in default on a Federal Perkins, Federal Stafford, Federal PLUS or Federal Direct Loan at any institution;
- Not owe a repayment on a Federal PELL, FSEOG, or LEAP;
Financial Aid Process
This process should be completed by the Financial Aid Priority deadline of April 15 to ensure full consideration for all available need-based aid. Students who fail to complete the process at least one month prior to the beginning of their first academic term should plan to bring sufficient funds to cover tuition, fees, books and supplies, as well as living expenses.
- If you do not already have a U.S. Department of Education PIN (Personal Identification Number), apply for one at www.pin.ed.gov. You need a PIN to electronically sign your FAFSA (Federal Application for Student Aid). If you are a dependent student (under the age of 24), your parents need to apply for a PIN also to electronically sign your FAFSA. Your PIN will be e-mailed to you within one to five days. If you do not provide an email address, your PIN will be mailed to your address within seven to ten days.
- Complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on line at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Processing generally requires from four to six weeks.
- Students receive a copy of the Student Aid Report (SAR) upon completion of processing. Students should check the SAR for accuracy and forward corrections to the CWC Financial Aid Office.
- The Federal Department of Education requires institutions to verify a minimum of 30% of their federal aid applicants. Students chosen for verification are required to complete the CWC Financial Aid Verification forms online at www.cwc.edu and forward a photocopy of his/her official IRS Tax Return Transcript to the Financial Aid Office. Dependent students are required to provide a photocopy of their parents' or guardians' official IRS Tax Return transcript.
- Complete the CWC Admission Application on line at www.cwc.edu.
- Request an official copy of your high school transcript with graduation date or GED scores be sent directly to the Financial Aid Office. (An official high school transcript is not required for any student who already has a bachelor's degree.)
- Request an official copy of all previously attended college transcripts be sent directly to the Registration and Records Office.
Students who receive federal financial assistance at Central Wyoming College have a responsibility to:
- Apply annually for financial aid, complete applications accurately and submit them on time to the appropriate agency. Intentional misreporting of information is considered a criminal offense subject to penalties under the U.S. Criminal Code;
- Return to the Financial Aid Office all required forms, documentation, verification, corrections and/or new information in a timely fashion;
- Read, understand and accept responsibility for all forms and agreements signed and keep copies of every item signed;
- Become knowledgeable of the terms and conditions governing all assistance received;
- Maintain satisfactory standards of progress and good academic standing as defined by the college;
- Know and comply with the institution's Return of Title IV Funds Policy; and
- Be familiar with CWC's requirements with regard to enrollment status and degree candidacy.
Students should also be aware of the following information regarding the Privacy Act:
- Under the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974, students are entitled to review their own financial aid records, files and data. Requests to review files must be made in writing to the Financial Aid Office.
- The use of a student's Social Security account number is protected under FERPA. For some programs, disclosure of the Social Security account number is required as a condition of participation. As an identifier, the Social Security account number is used in such program activities as determining program eligibility, certifying school attendance and student status, and making and verifying grant payments.