Frequently Asked Questions About Financial Aid
We know that there can be many questions related to the financial aid process. Below are the most commonly asked questions we receive from
students and parents. If your question is not answered here,
When are Whitworth's FAFSA Priority Deadlines?
How do students and parents make corrections to a FAFSA?
When can students expect to receive a financial aid award?
How will students be notified if the financial aid award is revised?
What does it mean to be selected for verification?
What does it mean if the Student Aid Report states that a student does not qualify for a Pell Grant? Does this mean s/he will not receive any financial aid?
Is the EFC what will be owed to the university?
What happens if the student's financial aid award it is not enough to allow him/her to attend Whitworth?
How shall I/my student communicate to Whitworth any special circumstances that were not indicated on the FAFSA?
Is it possible for a financial aid award to change after the freshman year?
Is there a payment plan available to parents?
What is required for a student to maintain satisfactory academic progress in order to continue to receive financial aid?
What are students' options re: work-study/student employment?
Most Whitworth students are eligible to apply for on or off-campus jobs. Working in college can help students pay for expenses, gain work experience, learn job-search and time-management skills, and network within the Whitworth and Spokane communities.
If a student has completed the FAFSA, s/he may be eligible for state or federal work-study. While eligibility for work-study is not a requirement for a student to search for employment, some positions may require that a student have eligibility in one of these programs.
Students can begin searching for jobs when they arrive on campus in early September. Students should be sure to bring an up-to-date résumé with them. While most jobs are available in the fall, there are positions available year-'round.
Will financial aid resources be available to help my student purchase books?
Students should come to campus prepared to pay for books and supplies without financial aid assistance. In some cases, students may receive financial aid funds that can be used for books and supplies. But the timing of those funds varies, and they often are not available in the first days of the term.
What is the difference between the financial aid office and the student accounting services office?
The financial aid office is responsible for awarding and disbursing financial aid.
The student accounting services office maintains all Whitworth student accounts by applying charges and processing payments. This office facilitates all payment plans.
When can my student anticipate receiving his/her financial aid?
Financial aid funds are transferred to Whitworth student accounts twice weekly, beginning the first week of each semester. Credit-balance refunds are processed on Wednesdays and Fridays, with the credit balance issued via direct deposit or by check, available for pickup after 1 p.m. in the Whitworth Student Accounting Services Office. Balances issued via direct deposit are transmitted to students' bank accounts on Wednesdays and Fridays and are generally available within 1-3 days of the time of transmittal, depending on the bank's policy.
Where can a student research private scholarships?
Private scholarships are excellent resources for students and can be found in a variety of places:
Whitworth Financial Aid website under Scholarships
New students, be sure to check with high school counselors.
Churches: Whitworth will match all church scholarships up to $500 for matriculated day students. Churches must complete a simple Church Matching Form in order for the student to qualify.
www.thewashboard.org (for Washington students)