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Financial Aid Timeline

Financial Aid Timeline

 

Winter/Spring 2023

Oct-Jan Financial Aid Review Dates for Spring 2023; Recommended submission of WSC Application for Financial Aid for priority consideration
Sep-Feb Federal Loan applications can be completed
Dec-Apr Federal Student Loan processing for Spring Semester
   

Summer/Fall 2023

Sep-May Recommended submission of WSC Application for Financial Aid and FAFSA, and Housing Application
 

Priority Review Window Deadlines for Fall 2023 Financial Aid & Housing
(WSC Application for Financial Aid and FAFSA, and Housing Application)
Nov 1 - Early Action
Jan 31 - Priority I
Mar 7 - Priority II
Apr 11 - Priority III

May-Aug Applications for Admission, Financial Aid, and Housing reviewed on a rolling basis
May-Sep Federal Loan applications can be completed for Fall 2023
Jun-Dec Federal Student Loan processing for Fall Semester
   
   

Priority Review Windows for Financial Aid & Housing

In order to support admitted students in their transition to seminary studies, WSC has four Priority Review Windows for Financial Aid and Housing. These windows offer admitted students the opportunity to receive a financial aid offer and housing placement in a predictable and timely manner. Only admitted students can be reviewed for on-campus housing or financial aid. In order to be considered in one of the four Priority Review Windows, admitted students must submit the WSC Financial Aid Application and the WSC Housing Application by the appropriate deadline, as indicated below. Note that these windows concern housing and financial aid; they are not deadlines for admission to WSC. An Application for Admission to WSC may be submitted at any time up until the first day of classes in the desired term of enrollment. For the full schedule of our priority review windows, see p. 45-46 of the Academic Catalogue.

early action

November 1, 2022: Deadline for submitting the Application for Financial Aid and the Housing Application

November 15, 2022: Notification of Financial Aid Offer and Housing Placement

7-week decision period for accepting Offer/Placement

January 3, 2023: Deadline for applicants to accept their Early Action Financial Aid Offer and Housing Placement

 


How to Apply for Scholarships and Grants (New U.S. Students)
 

1. Complete the Application for Admission

Prospective students should complete the WSC Application for Admission where they should indicate that they are interested in applying for financial aid.

Admitted students who intend to apply for WSC financial aid will receive information by mail and/or email with directions for completing the financial aid application process. The WSC Application for Financial Aid for each academic year will be available no later than February 1 for the upcoming year. The application may be downloaded from the WSC website or can be mailed to you by request.

2. Review scholarship/grant opportunities & financial aid calendar

Scholarship and Grant Opportunities
Financial Aid Timeline

Though financial aid is generally available up to the start date for each academic term, scholarships and grants are awarded on a priority basis beginning February 1 (new students) for the following academic year. Students are encouraged to apply before these dates to ensure that they will have the best opportunity to receive consideration for the various forms of aid offered by WSC.

3. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) >>

New and returning students must complete the FAFSA each year.

The FAFSA is used to determine your financial need as part of the calculation for the WSC Need-based Grant as well as eligibility for Federal Student Loans. Westminster Seminary California’s school code is G22768.

4. Complete the WSC Application for Financial Aid

You must submit the version of the WSC Application for Financial Aid that corresponds to the year for which you are applying for or renewing aid.

Applications for the next academic year are available in the Financial Aid Office or on the WSC website no later than January 15.

The application should be completed as accurately as possible given your circumstances at the time. Changes to your financial situation, including loss of employment or income by you or your spouse should be reported to the Financial Aid Coordinator as such changes occur. Likewise, if you receive outside financial assistance in the form of a third-party scholarship, church support, etc. after receiving an initial award from WSC you should notify the Financial Aid Office immediately. Initial need-based award calculations may change in order to distribute funds equitably to all students.

5. Write letters and essays if required for specific scholarships

If you are applying for a scholarship that requires a letter, an additional application, or an essay, please submit these with your application for financial aid.

For more information on specific scholarship requirements, please see the descriptions on the Scholarship and Grants page.

6. Submit all financial aid documents to WSC

Send the WSC Application for Financial Aid and any required letters or essays for specific scholarships.

New students should submit these documents by May 1 for the upcoming fall semester or November 1 for the upcoming spring semester. If you are admitted after these dates you should submit all financial aid documents as soon as possible following your admission to WSC.

Send all forms by email to the Financial Aid Coordinator (bclark@wscal.edu). 

7. Financial aid review process

The WSC Financial Aid Committee begins considering completed applications for aid beginning February 1 (new students). Award letters including amounts for each scholarship are provided to all students receiving aid within two weeks of the committee’s decision.

8. Acceptance of financial aid awards

If you are awarded financial aid, you will have an opportunity to accept the financial aid award during a time period specified by the award letter (generally 2-4 weeks).

Note: Financial Aid is normally awarded for one year and returning students must apply for renewal each year by submitting the WSC Application for Financial Aid and FAFSA no later than March 15 for the following academic year. Returning students who submit applications after the deadline may receive reduced scholarship and/or grant awards.

 


 

WSC’s international student financial aid program is designed to assist degree-seeking students with the financial resources necessary to complete their seminary education. Grants and scholarships are limited to billed tuition costs. Living expenses including housing are the responsibility of the student. WSC only reviews the financial aid applications of students who have been admitted to a master’s degree program.
 

International Student Financial Aid

WSC’s international student financial aid program is designed to assist degree-seeking students with the financial resources necessary to complete their seminary education. Grants and scholarships are limited to billed tuition costs. Living expenses including housing are the responsibility of the student. WSC only reviews the financial aid applications of students who have been admitted to a master’s degree program.

1. Complete the WSC Application for International Student Financial Aid

Submit the version of the WSC Application for Financial Aid that corresponds to the year for which you are applying for or renewing aid

QUALIFICATIONS: In order to qualify for and retain financial aid, an international student must be enrolled or plan to enroll as a full-time student (at least 12 units per semester) and maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.0 in each semester

MAIL TO: Westminster Seminary California; Attn: Financial Aid Coordinator; 1725 Bear Valley Pkwy, Escondido, CA 92027

2. Review Scholarship Opportunities for International Students

See a complete list of financial aid opportunities for international students >>

3. Write Letters and Essays for Specific Scholarships

If you are applying for a scholarship that requires a letter, an additional application, or an essay, please submit these with your application for financial aid.

For more information on specific scholarship requirements, please see international scholarship descriptions >>

4. Submit All Financial Aid Documents to WSC

Send both the WSC Application for International Student Financial Aid and any letters or essays for specific scholarships

Please submit these documents by April 1 prior to the fall semester that you intend to commence studies.

Please email all forms to the Financial Aid Coordinator (bclark@wscal.edu).