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Financial Aid

We're here to help make your higher education goals a reality by providing you with the tools and resources you need to fund your degree.

The Office of Financial Aid can guide you through your options, as well as forms, and deadlines. 


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Student Information

Western Carolina University is committed to making higher education achievable for students. We've earned numerous accolades for providing a quality education at an incredible value and that won't change. We understand that navigating the details, processes and available financial aid for the first time can be a lot. The options below give you a great place to begin. Keep up to date with upcoming deadlines, award changes and once you've submitted your FAFSA, you can track the status and make payments through MyWCU.

Types of Financial Aid Available

How to Apply for Financial Aid



Forms and Resources

There are a number of moving parts when it comes to Financial Aid, as you explore all your options you may have questions. The Office of Financial Aid is here to help you navigate your options and work closely with you to build grant and loan packages which meet your individual needs. Explore our frequently asked questions below, find the necessary forms you'll need to file and more below. Should you come upon any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to us, or 828.227.7290.

Frequently Asked Questions

Financial Aid Forms for Students

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Dates and Deadlines

  • The 2023-2024 WCU Scholarship Application and FAFSA both open on October 1, 2022.
  • 2023-2024 WCU Scholarship Application Deadline: February 1, 2023.
  • FAFSA Priority Filing Deadline: January 2, 2023. (Students who wish to be considered for need-based scholarships must submit FAFSA, in addition to the scholarship application). 

    Date Last Reviewed: 02/13/2023
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