Financial Aid Makes the Difference
Financial aid is the combination of grants, scholarships, loans, and Work-Study programs that make higher education possible for most students and families. While it's natural to worry about how to pay for college, by the time financial aid is considered, you could actually pay less out-of-pocket to attend WWU than any other Adventist or private college—or even a state school.
Who gets financial aid? Almost everyone. Almost 90 percent of WWU students qualify, and the average annual award is about $22,200. So even if you think you won't be eligible, apply anyway—for three good reasons:
- It's free, and it's not as complicated as it looks.
- It's the same federal form for every college and university.
- It's the only way to get financial aid.
Families unable to meet the costs of a Walla Walla University education are encouraged to apply for financial aid from the government and the university. All financial aid applications are evaluated based on the government's standard analysis of need. This analysis determines how much each family can afford to pay for the university according to federal government guidelines. Financial aid recipients are then awarded aid packages which typically include a combination of scholarships, grants, low-interest loans, and student employment. Unless otherwise noted, all forms of financial assistance are disbursed one-third each quarter (fall, winter, and spring). The total amount of scholarships, grants, and subsidy (from all sources) which a student receives cannot exceed WWU's packaging budget in any given year. If the total does exceed the packaging budget, the award from WWU will be reduced.
In order to receive the maximum financial assistance available, students should plan their finances for the entire academic school year prior to registration and complete their financial aid file by April 30 prior to the school year.
Adding or dropping a class on or before the 10th day of the quarter may affect a student's financial aid package.
Financial Aid Census Policy
Rather than adjust financial aid packages each time a student changes his or her course load, WWU has chosen to use the 10th day of the quarter as a census date. Students who are enrolled at the end of the 10th day of the quarter are awarded financial aid based on the number of credit hours for which they are registered on that date. Students who are not enrolled on the 10th day:
Receive reduced (or no) financial aid awards if the students dropped all their classes before the 11th day of the quarter. (Their aid is returned to its original sources, in accordance with the Financial Aid Refund and Repayment Policy printed in this bulletin.)
Receive aid based on the number of credit hours for which they register after the 10th day of the quarter.
Did you know?
- WWU awarded $42.8 million in financial aid last year.
- Students who qualify for financial aid receive an average annual award of about $22,200.
- The average out-of-pocket family contribution for students who qualify for financial aid is about $9,925.
Free money—with your name on it.
Grants are usually awarded based on financial need as determined through the financial aid application process. If you qualify, it's free money that will never have to be repaid. Grants are available for both undergraduate and graduate students.
When you apply for financial aid, you'll automatically be considered for most grants. If a separate application is required for a special grant program, you'll be contacted and given further information and instructions.
Rewarding your achievements—generously
Scholarships are awarded in recognition of significant achievements. High test scores or GPA? Class president? Yearbook editor? Team captain? You may be rewarded handsomely for those accomplishments and many others.
WWU has dramatically increased its awards, and now offers what is perhaps the most generous and wide-ranging scholarship program of any Adventist college or university. Best of all, scholarships are not need-based, and you'll never have to repay them.
Though we recommend that all students apply for financial aid, you do not have to do so in order to receive scholarships.
Jobs made possible through federal and state funding
As part of their financial aid packages, qualifying Walla Walla University students are given the opportunity to defray part of their educational expenses through a work-study program.
In order to participate in these programs, student must have a complete financial aid file and Work-Study eligibility, which is determined through the financial aid application process.
An investment in your future
No one likes borrowing money, and debt should never be considered lightly. But when it makes a college education possible, taking out low-interest student loans could be the smartest decision you'll ever make.
Here's why. Research shows that college graduates earn approximately $1.2 million more in lifetime income than those with only a high school diploma. They also have lower unemployment rates and are generally healthier and happier. That's a pretty good return on a few years of student loan repayment.
Through good times and bad, the value of education has remained high—a proven investment that's likely to pay off exponentially over the course of your life. So even if it take some loans to help pay for it, it's a choice you'll probably never regret.
Still need help? Call us!
If you’ve applied for financial aid and explored the options listed above but still need financial assistance to make a WWU education possible, don’t hesitate to call us. Our financial counselors are trained to maximize all aid sources and will do everything they can to help you.
The total amount of scholarships, grants and subsidy (from all sources) which a student receives cannot exceed WWU's packaging budget in any given year. If the total does exceed the packaging budget, the award from WWU will be reduced. Adding or dropping a class on or before the 10th day of the quarter may affect a student's financial package.