Financial Aid

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The Financial Aid Office will send all notifications (requests for missing items, offer letters, etc.) electronically.  Students MUST check campus email or Pioneer Pass accounts to see what items are needed by the Financial Aid Office or to see Offer Letters. We offer a guide on using Pioneer Pass for students (PDF file – get the free Adobe Reader here).

The primary purpose of the WPCC Financial Aid Office is to provide financial assistance to those students, who without such assistance would be unable to attend WPCC.  Financial aid is awarded on a first come – first served basis. The Financial Aid Office participates in a variety of financial aid programs.  Scholarships and grants are gift awards which do not have to be repaid.  Loans and work study are considered self-help aid since repayment or performance of duties are required.

FAFSA Simplification

Due to the passing of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Simplification Act on December 27, 2020, as a part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, the FAFSA is changing for the 2024-2025 aid year.

You can expect the following changes:

  • The 2024-2025 FAFSA will not be available until December 2023.
  • The 2024-2025 FAFSA determines your financial aid eligibility for the Fall 2024, Spring 2025, and Summer 2025 terms.
  • The FAFSA application process will be streamlined and easier for students to complete.
  • New terminology will be added to the FAFSA.
  • Eligibility for federal financial aid will be expanded.

We will continue to update this page as additional information becomes available. You can learn more about the specific changes, timeline, and how to prepare below.

FAFSA changes for 2024 – 2025

  • FAFSA completion date
    – Instead of opening in October, the 2024-2025 FAFSA will not be available until December 2023. This is only temporary for 2024. After the 2024-2025 aid year, the FAFSA will be available in October as usual.
  • Streamlined application process
    – The FAFSA will feature fewer questions, fewer requirements, and retrieve tax information using a direct data exchange from the IRS instead of the previous IRS Data Retrieval Tool.
  • New terminology and information
    – The need analysis formula to determine financial aid, formally known as the Expected Family Contribution (EFC), will now be referred to as the Student Aid Index (SAI). The new formula removes the number of family members in college from the calculation, better reflects the FAFSA results, and implements a separate eligibility determination criteria for Federal Pell Grants.
    The FAFSA is introducing the new term contributor, which refers to anyone who is required to provide information on a student’s FAFSA form, including the student, the student’s spouse, a biological or adopted parent, or the parent’s spouse. Being a contributor does not imply responsibility for the student’s college costs.
  • Expanding Pell Grant eligibility
    – The adjustments to the new Student Aid Index (SAI) calculation will expand Federal Pell Grant eligibility to more students.


December 2023 The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2024-2025 year opens.
Late Spring 2024

Will begin processing 2024-2025 FAFSA.

If you are admitted to the College and/or is registered and have completed the financial aid process, you will receive updates on your FAFSA.

Mid Summer 2024

Financial Aid Offer Letters begin going out to students. 

If you have completed the financial aid process, you will receive a Financial Aid Offer Letter/award notification in your WPCC student email account. 

Prepare for the FAFSA

While the 2024-2025 FAFSA won’t be available until December, you can still prepare by doing the following:

  • Create an FSA ID on the Federal Student Aid website and assist contributors, such as your parent(s) or spouse, in creating an FSA ID.
    – An FSA ID is an account and password that gives you access to the Federal Student Aid’s online system and serves as your electronic signature.
    – With the FSA ID, you can fill out the FAFSA when it’s available, sign your Master Promissory Note (MPN), apply for repayment plans, complete loan counseling, and use the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Help Tool.
  • Complete the FAFSA as soon as it opens in December.

Changes to Your Family’s Financial Situation

If you or your family’s financial situation has changed significantly from what is reflected on your federal income tax return (for example, if you’ve lost a job or otherwise experienced a reduction in income), you may be eligible to have your financial aid adjusted. Complete the FAFSA questions as instructed on the application (including the transfer of tax return and income information), submit your FAFSA form, then contact the school you plan to attend to discuss how your current financial situation has changed. Note that the school’s decision is final and cannot be appealed to the U.S. Department of Education.

Refund/Disbursement Dates

Financial Aid balances remaining after tuition, fees and bookstore charges have been deducted will be mailed to students on the following dates:

Fall 2023

Spring 2024

Summer 2024

  • September 22

  • October 6

  • October 27

  • November 3

  • November 17

  • December 8

  • February 16

  • March 22

  • April 19

  • May 3

  • June 7

  • July 12

  • July 19

WPCC will mail refund checks to the student’s address listed with the Records Department.  If your address has changed since you filled out an Application for Admission to WPCC, you should update your address immediately. For students who apply later in the semester, refund check availability will be determined by when the student’s financial aid application is complete.

Office Hours

The Financial Aid Office is located in Hildebrand Hall on WPCC’s main campus.  Financial Aid Counselors are available to serve students during the following hours:

  • 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 pm Tuesday
  • Summer hours may vary

In order to better serve students appointments are highly recommended. Contact the Financial Aid Office by phone at (828) 448-6046 or email at

Office Hours

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