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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?

  • Please call Jim DeWilde, your Financial Aid liaison for Veterans and Service Members, for assistance. Contact Jim at 360-650-4634, Old Main 240B, jim.dewilde@wwu.edu, WWU Financial Aid Department. You may also contact the Financial Aid Services Center at 360-650-3470, Old Main 265, financialaid@wwu.edu. We are here to help.


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  • Are You Using VA Educational Benefits?

  • Contact the Veteran Services Office at 360-650-4324, Old Main 280, wp.wwu.edu/veteranservices. Ann Beck and her wonderful 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

    • FAFSA Tips

      Apply for financial aid by submitting a FAFSA, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. See our Tips for Completing the FAFSA for details.

    • Financial Aid Checklist

      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 Your Shopping Sheet

      Our offer of financial aid includes the Federal Shopping Sheet. 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…


      Loan Default Rate

      Western's federal direct student loan default rate is among the lowest in Washington State public four-year higher education institutions. At just 2.9%, our default rate compares very favorably to the 11.8% national average!


      Graduation Rate

      Western's graduation rate is 71.5% for students graduating within six years.


      See your shopping sheet for these and other facts showing Western compares favorably to other schools.

    • Take a Look at Our College Scorecard

      You will see that our average annual cost of attendance is below the national average. Even better, our students have an average annual salary greater than the national average after attending Western.

    • See More Details On The College Navigator

      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

    • Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

      Get help to make informed financial decisions about how to pay for college.

    • WWU Financial Aid Bulletin

      When you accept financial aid from Western, the fine print says you agree to certain terms and conditions including reading the Financial Aid Bulletin. Start now! The Bulleting includes information about types of financial aid, our Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy, and your rights and responsibilities, among other good information.


    • Median Borrowing

      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.

    • WWU Scholarship Center

      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.

    • WWU Student Employment Center

      It pays to work! If you work part-time 10 hours per week for the 30 weeks in the academic year earning $11.00 per hour, you will earn $3,300. Working full-time during the summer can bring you an additional $6,000 or $7,000. Your earnings can provide important funding to reduce your need to borrow student loans. For more information regarding employment opportunities on‐ and off‐campus, visit the WWU Student Employment Center.

    • WWU Veteran Services

      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.


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