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Financial Aid Eligibility and Policies

General Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to receive federal, state, and institutional financial aid, you must meet all of the following requirements:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Have a valid high school diploma, GED, or a state-recognized homeschooling credential
    • Note: Students who are not new to higher education on or after July 1, 2012 and have previously qualified through the Ability to Benefit testing or six credit completion rule will be "grandfathered" from this policy.
  • Be admitted to an eligible program of study that leads to a certificate or associate degree. All associate degree programs are eligible for aid. Read the list of certificate programs that are not eligible for aid.Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) icon
  • Be enrolled in courses that are part of the program of study. Any coursework that is outside of the program of study must be paid for using the student’s own resources.
  • Be registered with the Selective Service System if you are a male applicant. Males ages 18 to 25 who have not yet registered may do so on the FAFSA, online at, or at any U.S. Post Office location. Males who did not register before their 26th birthday must provide a written statement to the Financial Aid Office indicating why they did not register and provide a Status Information Letter from Selective Service System.
  • Not be in default of a federal student loan or owe a refund on a federal grant
  • Use your federal student aid only for educational purposes
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Meet other eligibility requirements for the financial aid programs for which you are applying
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress (SAP) and abide by the policies set forth in the below Financial Aid Policies section.
  • TRANSFER STUDENTS: The U.S. Department of Education requires students who are applying for financial aid (including grants, loans, and scholarships) to submit all official college transcripts from all prior institutions attended. Financial aid cannot be awarded until all official college transcripts have been received, evaluated, and posted by WWCC’s Registrar’s Office.
  • PELL GRANT RECIPIENTS: Once you have received a Federal Pell grant for 12 full-time semesters, or the equivalent, you will no longer be eligible for additional Pell grant funding. Equivalency will be indicated to you on your Student Aid Report (SAR) in semesters used and lifetime eligibility remaining. Equivalency will be indicated to you on the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) website in a percentage used, with the maximum lifetime eligibility of 600%. This is retroactive to when the student was first in receipt of a Pell grant and includes Pell received at all institutions attended.

Financial Aid Policies

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