Financial Assistance

Please see the Financial Assistance section of the addenda for updated information.

Please see the Award Notification Addendum for additional information regarding student communication pertaining to Federal Financial Aid.

West Coast University offers students several options for payment of tuition. All students are encouraged to apply for financial assistance if unable to meet educational costs on their own. WCU participates in several types of Title IV programs, many of which are based on financial need. Title IV programs that the University participates in includes: Federal Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG), Federal Work Study, and the William D. Ford Direct Loan programs (subsidized, unsubsidized and PLUS).

Government guaranteed loans are an important part of financing educational expenses. West Coast University provides students with information and counseling to assist them in managing their loans effectively. Confidential loan counseling is available upon request.

Students seeking financial assistance must first complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at The campus Financial Aid Officer uses this information to determine students' eligibility and assists them in deciding what resources are best suited to their circumstances. Students must meet all eligibility requirements to qualify for Federal Student Aid. The Financial Aid Department may request additional documentation to support the student’s request for financial assistance, including, for example, official IRS Tax Transcripts. Renewal of financial aid is not automatic. Recipients are required to reapply each year by the announced deadline.

Federal and state grants and loans will be disbursed into student accounts to cover direct educational costs.  Disbursements in excess of direct costs will be refunded to the student (or parent, in the case of a PLUS loan), or in some cases refunded back to the respective loan sources. 

Students who obtain a loan to pay for their educational program will have the responsibility to repay the full amount of the loan, plus interest, less the amount of any refund. If a student withdraws, a refund calculation will be completed and a refund of non-federal aid funds may be provided.