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Commitment deposit deadline for summer, fall first-year students extended to May 15

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First-year students with an admission offer to Western Carolina University have extended time to secure a spot in the summer or fall 2024 entering class. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions is moving the commitment deposit deadline from May 1 to May 15.

While some of the next steps in the enrollment process require submission of the commitment deposit (e.g., pre-registration, orientation, housing assignment preferences), WCU is extending the deadline for families who face challenges associated with changes to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

“WCU is seeing an increase in the number of admitted students who have committed for this coming fall,” said Mike Langford, director of undergraduate admission. “Many interested students recognize that WCU is a great institutional choice to help manage college costs. NC Promise helps many families minimize debt and maximize savings. At recent spring open houses, guests shared how the educational value that NC Promise affords attracted them to WCU.”

Langford emphasized that depositing as soon as possible provides more time for students to complete commitment action steps. “If any admitted students are set on coming to WCU, but submission of the $300 nonrefundable deposit poses a challenge right now, those students can reach out to the Office of Admissions and we’ll assist them with saving a seat in the entering class so that they can proceed to the next steps.”

The Offices of Student Financial Aid and University Scholarships continue prepping to share award information as soon as federal and state aid information become available to WCU. Students and families who haven’t completed the 2024-25 FAFSA are urged to do so quickly because awarding is about to begin.

“WCU eagerly awaits the release of federal and state aid information to finalize financial aid offers,” said Trina Orr, director of financial aid. “Have confidence; our team is working diligently behind the scenes to ensure you receive the support you need. We expect to start sending aid offer notifications by mid-April.”

Contact the Office of Admissions for more information about the commitment deposit and commitment actions steps ( Visit for more information about financial aid or for more information about scholarships. To learn more about NC Promise, go to

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