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Phone: 828.227.7290
Fax: 828.227.7042
Email: finaid@wcu.edu

Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST

Address

105 Cordelia  Camp
1 University Drive
Western Carolina University
Cullowhee, NC 28723

 

Meet The Staff

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. Our dedicated financial aid staff are here to help you find all the answers to your questions about the financial aid process. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office.

Financial Aid Office


Trina Orr

 

Trina Orr

Director of Financial Aid

Hometown: Sylva, North Carolina

Educational Background:  B.S.B.A. Accounting, WCU; MBA, WCU

Professional background: I started my career in financial aid as a work study student during my undergraduate studies.  Now, 28 years later, I am still a financial aid professional serving students and families of Western Carolina University.

What I love about WCU: WCU is a family and has always felt like a home for all students, staff, and faculty.

Matthew Ellsworth

 

Matthew Ellsworth

Associate Director

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Maggie Brostic

 

Maggie Brostic

Senior Assistant Director

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Colton Bailey

 

Colton Bailey

Assistant Director of Financial Aid

Hometown: Sylva, NC

Educational Background:  BA, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill       

Professional background: I have been employed in the Financial Aid office at  WCU since March 2020. Previously, I helped coordinate the writing assistance program at Southwestern Community College.

What I love about WCU: I love working on our beautiful campus and following Catamount Athletics.

Kathy Boland

 

Kathy Boland

Admin Support Specialist

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Emily McLeod

 

Emily McLeod

Admin Support Specialist

Hometown: Bryson City, NC

Educational Background:  Currently completing undergraduate degree in Psychology

What I love about WCU: My coworkers and the sense of family in our office and the university.

Will Morgan

 

Will Morgan

Assistant Director of Financial Aid

Hometown: Ellenboro, NC

Educational Background:  B.S. History, WCU (2011); M.A. History, WCU (2019)

Professional background: Before I came to Western as an employee, I was an historical interpreter and archivist at several organizations in WNC. 

What I love about WCU: I love working at WCU because I get to help students realize their dreams of a higher education. 

Kourtney Sanderfur

 

Kourtney Sanderfur

Assistant Director of Financial Aid

Hometown: Hudson, NC

Educational Background:  B.S.B.A Sport Management, WCU (2015); M.Ed Higher Education Student Affairs, WCU (2017)

Professional background: Admissions, Advising, and Financial Aid

What I love about WCU: WCU became my family as a student and that has carried through my professional career. The entire campus is dedicated to preparing students for life after WCU and I enjoy getting to play a small part in their journey.

Vacant

 

Vacant

Assistant Director of Financial Aid

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Mary Alice Sanders

 

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