Applying for Financial Aid
At WSSU, approximately 85% of our students receive some type of financial aid. And we understand that the Financial Aid Process can seem overwhelming - even to those of us who work with the process year-to-year. The more you know about the process, the more successful you will be in completing the process.
The first step in deciding how to pay for your education is to understand how much it will cost and how much money you may need after any financial aid awards.
The next step is to review the information below to learn more about the process.
You apply for financial aid by completing and submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application online. The 2020 – 2021 application opens October 1st.
We encourage you to submit and complete your FAFSA as soon as possible. The WSSU priority deadline for 2020 – 2021 is March 1st. Although there are no guarantees, a priority application means that you have a better chance of receiving funds that are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis.
You should use your and/or your parents' 2018 tax information when completing the 2020 – 2021 FAFSA. You should also have your:
- Social Security Card - enter your Social Security Number correctly to avoid delays in processing your FAFSA
- Drivers license
- 2018 W-2 forms and other records for earned income
- 2018 Federal Income Tax Return as well as:
- Your parents' 2018 Federal Income Tax Return if you are a dependent student
- Your spouse's 2018 Federal Income Tax Return if you are married
- FSA ID
- If this is your first time filing a FAFSA application, you and your parent, if applicable can apply for a FSA ID at Federal Student Aid. You can use your new FSA ID immediately to complete, sign and submit a new or updated FAFSA.
- You will need to enter FSA ID to serve as your electronic signature for the FAFSA. If you are an undergraduate dependent student, your parent must also sign the FAFSA with their own PIN number.
Read our tips to completing the FAFSA
The cost of attendance (COA) represents the total educational expenses a student may incur while attending WSSU for an academic year of nine (9) months, and is a critical element in determining a student’s eligibility for financial aid assistance.
The COA includes both direct and indirect costs. Direct costs are determined by the school and based on the amount normally assessed for most residents. The Student bill is made up of these Direct costs. Indirect costs are not set by the school and include costs that may vary from student to student. These costs are typically presented as:
|Direct Costs||Indirect Costs|
|Tuition and Fees*||Books and Supplies|
Room and Board
|Miscellaneous / Personal|
* Includes the cost of the University's mandatory health insurance. Students may waive the University's plan by providing proof of current health insurance coverage.
**The distance education cost of attendance does not include transportation and will be assessed only for students living off-campus.
To review the Cost of Attendance, click on the appropriate link below:
- For NC Resident
- For Non NC Resident
- For NC Resident - Health Sciences Graduate/Doctoral Program
- For Non NC Resident - Health Sciences Graduate/Doctoral Program
Each year, WSSU establishes a total cost of attendance based on a student’s housing status (on-campus, off-campus, or living with a parent/relative), enrollment status (full-time or part-time) and residency status (in-state or out-of-state) and type (undergraduate or graduate).
After you submit your FAFSA, you’ll receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) in 3-14 days. If you provided an email address when you completed your FAFSA, you will receive an email with instructions on how to access and print your report. Otherwise, you will receive the SAR via postal mail.
Your SAR includes:
- A summary of the information you provided on your FAFSA
- Some basic information about your eligibility for federal student aid as well as listing your answers to the questions on your FAFSA
- If your application is complete, an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) will display in the upper right-hand corner of your SAR. If your application is incomplete, your SAR will not include an EFC, but it will provide information on what you need to do to resolve any issues.
- If you are selected for verification, the notice will be included
- A four-digit Data Release Number (DRN), which appears on the first page in the upper right corner of the paper SAR and SAR Acknowledgement. The DRN is located in the box that contains the Application Receipt date, below the EFC. You will need the DRN if you choose to allow your college to change certain information on your FAFSA.
Review your Student Aid Report carefully to make sure the information is correct and complete.
Verification may be a part of the financial aid process.
Because students sometimes make errors when completing the FAFSA, there is a process for verifying applications and making corrections. The U.S. Department of Education Central Processing System (CPS) or WSSU select which applications are to be verified.
Federal funds cannot be disbursed to a student until the verification process has been completed. Also, WSSU will not release state or institutional funds until the verification process has been completed.
Participation in the verification process is not optional. If you do not submit the requested documentation, you will not be eligible to receive federal financial aid as a WSSU student and you will not be able to receive a PLUS Loan. You will need to make payment arrangements for all enrollment charges.
All requested information should be submitted as quickly as possible. This is encouraged so you will have all funding available to you prior to the start of the semester
In order to provide the highest quality of service to our students, WSSU has contracted with CFI School Services to help you complete the verification of your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the current academic year.
Please watch for e-mails from verification@SSCwp.org. It is important that you respond to the requests as quickly as possible.
If you are selected for verification, CFI will contact you by email through CFI School Services (CFISS). Emails will be sent to the email address you provided on your FAFSA.
You will be able to track what is needed and can possibly complete most of the verification work on the CFISS website at School Servicing Center. Watch for emails from CFISS and check your account often at School Servicing Center until you are notified that your verification has been finalized. Your prompt response to all requests will accelerate the review of your request for financial aid.
Winston-Salem State University may be requesting other documents from you. If this occurs, please promptly submit those documents directly to the Financial Aid Office.
If you are selected for verification, the notice will be included in your Student Aid Report (SAR).