Financial Aid Services Center
Financial Aid Resources for Veterans and Service Members
Welcome Service Members
Thank you for your service! We are delighted you are considering, or have chosen to attend, Western Washington University. Veterans, family members of veterans, active duty, reserve, and national guard service members are welcome here. This resource page offers important information about Western and referrals to services you may find helpful.
Need Financial Aid Help?
Are You Using VA Educational Benefits?
Contact the Veteran Services Office at 360-650-3324, Wilson Library 165, wp.wwu.edu/veteranservices. Katie Marie Chugg and her wonderfull staff are available to assist you to ensure a smooth transition to Western.
Where to Start with Financial Aid? ...Here are resources available to you
Apply for financial aid by submitting a FAFSA, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. See our Tips for Completing the FAFSA for details.
Checkout our checklist. It can help you navigate through the many steps and important dates to ensure your financial aid notification letter is delivered to you on time!
Review The College Financing Plan
Our offer of financial aid includes the Federal College Financing Plan. It includes important information to help you compare financial aid offers. It is designed to simplify the information that prospective students receive about costs and financial aid so they can easily compare institutions and make informed decisions about where to attend school.
Did you know…
Western's federal direct student loan default rate is among the lowest in Washington State public four-year higher education institutions. At just 2.3%, our default rate compares very favorably to the 10.8% national average!
Western's graduation rate is 69% for students graduating within six years.
See the College Financing Plan for these and other facts showing Western compares favorably to other schools.
Use College Scorecard, provided by the U.S. Department of Education, to compare Western’s graduation rate, salary after completing, and average annual cost with other institutions.
The College Navigator is a consumer tool that provides school information including tuition and fees, retention and graduation rates, use of financial aid, student loan default rates and features a cost calculator and school comparison tool.
Other Resources to Assist You
Get help to make informed financial decisions about how to pay for college.
Students who borrow at WWU typically take out $22,466 in Federal loans for their undergraduate study. The Federal loan payment over 10 years for this amount is approximately $233.16 per month. Your borrowing may be different.
If you think you may need student loans to help pay the cost of higher education, this publication offers information on student loans. It also offers you alternatives to consider before borrowing.
Winning scholarships is a great way to help pay for college. Scholarships provide money to pay for tuition, books, living expenses, and other costs of attending college. You need to do some work, though, to apply for scholarships. Spending the time it takes to find scholarships you can apply to will pay off if you get one, two, or more scholarships. Our Scholarship Center can help you with that search.
It pays to work! If you work part time 10 hours per week for 30 weeks in the academic year earning $12.00 per hour, you will earn $3,600. Effective January 1, 2020, the minimum wage in Washington increases to $13.50 per hour. Working full time during the summer can bring you an estimated, additional $6,500 - $7,500. Your earnings can provide important funding. For more information regarding employment opportunities on and off campus, visit the WWU Student Employment Center.
Western’s Veteran Services Office provides comprehensive services to veterans, service members and their dependents as they pursue their education at WWU. Visit the friendly and welcoming Veteran Services staff, many who are veterans themselves, for more information about VA educational benefits.