The Census Date is September 5!
Click here to learn more about the Financial Aid Census Policy
Key Points about Census
- Full-time student? No action is required and there is no financial aid award impact to you!
- Census Date: This is the day that WSU takes a "snapshot" of your enrollment for the semester.
It determines what financial aid (loans and grants) you’ll receive.
- Your Aid: Your Financial Aid Award will be recalculated (if not full-time) after the Census Date
based on your Census date enrollment.
- Federal Loans: To be eligible for federal loans, you need to be enrolled at least half-time
(Undergrad-6 credits; Grad/Professional-5 credits). Loans automatically disburse for students
- Grants: Pell Grants, Washington State Need Grants, and College-Bound Scholarships
are reduced and pro-rated for students in less than 12 credits, based on their enrollment level.
- IMPORTANT: If you received grants monies at full-time after August 21, and then dropped
classes before September 5, your grants will be recalculated and this could create
a bill on your student account.
- Grant monies: Students enrolled part-time will receive pro-rated grants funds starting
Monday, September 8. Until then, you will not see these funds in your WSU Student Account.
- Cougar Commitment: This is only available for students enrolled full-time. After Census,
if you have this aid award and aren’t enrolled full-time, it will be cancelled.
- Census Petition Form: Submission deadline is Friday, September 19 and is for students
who add credits (classes) after the Financial Aid Census Date and would like
Student Financial Services to adjust their aid award
based on this credit change.
WSU Student Accounts/University Receivables is now posting fall charges to students’ WSU ZZUSIS accounts. Financial Aid will electronically start delivering on Wednesday, August 20. Students will see charges before aid funds are delivered. This means a bill (outstanding balance) will show on students' ZZUSIS accounts for about a week and a half before aid actually delivers.
For most students, if you have a financial aid award, have accepted your loans, and have no unresolved issues, your university-related charges will be paid with your financial aid up to the amount of your financial aid award when it disburses. Remember, tuition, mandatory fees, housing and dining charges are what financial aid will cover. Click here for helpful tips to be sure your aid is ready to go!
Students—please check your ZZUSIS account on August 21st to be sure the aid you’re expecting has been delivered. It is important to wait until after aid disburses to determine if you have a bill that still needs to be paid or if a refund will be coming your way. WSU Student Accounts sends all refunds (checks and direct deposits). Set up Direct Deposit so if you have a refund, you receive your money quickly.
Stay calm and carry on—we’re here to help you if you need us!
The Fall 2014 SAP Appeal submission deadline is September 23, 2014.
You can submit your online SAP Appeal by:
-Going to finaid.wsu.edu
-Click the “Fall 2014” tab
-Click “SAP Appeal”
Depending on the situation, Student Financial Services may require additional documentation. These documents are not required to be submitted by the deadlines listed above.
A parent borrower who is denied a Direct Parent PLUS Loan because of adverse credit information has certain rights and options. If you have any questions about your Parent PLUS Decline Notification and/or the options listed below, the Federal Direct Loan (FDL) Applicant Services is available to assist you from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM, Eastern Time, Monday through Friday, toll-free, at 1-800-557-7394
A parent who has been denied a Direct PLUS Loan may take the following actions to see if the loan may still be approved:
- Appeal the credit decision: You must appeal directly to FDL program, who can be contacted at 1-800-557-7394 for more information.
- Add an endorser (co-signer) to the loan: Obtain an endorser (co-signer) who does not have an adverse credit history. An endorser is someone who does not have an adverse credit history and agrees to repay the loan if you do not repay it. The endorser may not be the student on whose behalf you are requesting the PLUS loan. An Endorser Addendum must be completed by the endorser, and submitted to the FDL program for processing. For instructions, please contact Direct Loan Applicant Services at 1-800-557-7394. Parent with an endorser (co-signer) must complete the Master Promissory Note each year.
- Additional Unsubsidized Stafford Loan for Student
If the options above are not successful, or you choose to not proceed with either option, the student may request to borrow additional funds through the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan program. Only students whose parent(s) have been denied a PLUS Loan may request the additional Unsubsidized Stafford Loan. If the Parent PLUS Loan is later approved, the student will no longer be eligible for the additional Unsubsidized Stafford Loan.
The PLUS Loan denial must be on file with WSU before an increase to the Unsubsidized Stafford Loan can be processed. To make a request to borrow additional funds through the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan program, the student will need to complete WSU’s “Parent PLUS Loan Decline Form” at http://finaid.wsu.edu/Forms.
Once WSU is advised that you are not pursuing the PLUS loan, and you’d like the Stafford Loan funding offered to your student, the PLUS loan will be cancelled and a supplemental unsubsidized Stafford loan will be offered to your student. The maximum additional amount a student may request is $4,000/year for freshman and sophomores, and $5,000/year for juniors and seniors. Your student will then need to accept the additional loan on their ZZUSIS account to receive the funds.
Scholarship awarding for an academic year begins in the fall (for the following school year), once the WSU General Scholarship Application becomes available and applications are submitted. After the January 31st scholarship submission deadline, much of the awarding process happens between the months of February and August.
At this point, most 2014-2015 general university scholarships have been awarded to students and should be visible on their WSU ZZUSIS accounts. However, Student Financial Services will continue to award scholarships throughout the 2014-2015 academic year as funds become available. If a student is awarded a WSU scholarship, he/she is notified by mail. If you have any questions about Scholarships, please contact our office.
Checklist for Parents
We look forward to seeing you on the Pullman campus soon! Please review these suggested
“To Do” items before arriving for the orientation event. We wish your family safe travels to WSU.
1. Set-up Third Party Access. In order for you to access your student’s financial aid
information by phone, email, or in person, your student will need to grant you an
authorization called, “Third Party Access.” If this is done by your student, then we can talk
with you about his/her financial aid account and the details without having your
student present. Students can set up this authorization for any third party by going to their
ZZUSIS (WSU student information portal) at zzusis.wsu.edu. The navigation path to set up
this access is: Main Menu > Self Service > 3rd Party Access.
Additional information here: http://finaid.wsu.edu/media/1693559/ALIVE-ZZUSIS-handout.pdf.
2. Look at your student’s ZZUSIS account. Plus, review their Financial Aid Award.
A great deal of financial aid information is available on the student’s ZZUSIS account. To
see this area on ZZUSIS, your student needs to sign into ZZUSIS. Then go to this navigation
path: Student Center > Under “Finances” select “View Financial Aid.”
Additional information here: http://finaid.wsu.edu/media/1693559/ALIVE-ZZUSIS-handout.pdf.
3. Schedule an Advisor Appointment. Be sure to attend our general ALIVE presentation
and then if needed, schedule an appointment to sit down with one of our advisor’s. Of
course, if you know you need appointment before arriving, go ahead and schedule one. It’s easy!
To schedule an appointment: go to our website at finaid.wsu.edu:
- ClickFinAid Scheduler>Make an Appointment > Enter the user information to create an
account and register>then follow the instructions to create an appointment.
4. Bring your student’s WSU ID number and your photo ID to our office. After Third
Party Access has been set up by your student, then our staff can answer specific questions
you may have about your student’s account. Your ID is helpful in verifying your identity.
The student should have been given a WSU student ID number when he/she was accepted
into the university, so make sure you bring this number with you to the event and our office.
5. Make a list of questions. If you do schedule an appointment with our office, please have
questions ready for the advisor. Appointment times generally are about ten minutes in length,
so being prepared is very helpful. Thank you.
6. Don’t forget to have fun and learn lots when you’re here! Enjoy this awesome event and
all it has to offer. WSU welcomes you to our community and we hope your visit is wonderful. Go Cougs!
Federal regulations will no longer allow the Student Financial Services office to accept 1040, 1040A, nor 1040EZ tax returns for verification/file review purposes. Parents and students will need to submit an IRS Tax Return Transcript (Form 4506-T) when a Tax return Transcript is requested by our office. A tax return transcript can be obtained immediately online, or by phone and mail. It takes approximately two weeks to receive a mailed transcript from the IRS and it should be mailed to your home, not WSU.
To Order Tax Return Transcripts:
We will notify you if we need a document/form from you via ZZUSIS. This request would show on your “To Do List” in ZZUSIS. You should check your ZZUSIS “To Do List” regularly!
The “To-Do” list can be found by going to the Student Center > Under the Financial Aid 2013-2014 or 2014-2015 tab > Click Details > then the To-Do List page will be viewable. If you are being asked to submit forms or documents, it will list them on this page. The statuses of documents/forms submitted will also display here.
- A student, who still needs to submit documentation for spring 2014 or summer 2014 terms, will need to take forms/documents to their local financial aid office, mail it or send it via fax at 509-335-1385. Please be sure the student name and WSU ID number are on all document pages.
- For the 14-15 academic year, students will go to Submitsfsdocs.wsu.edu to fill out a form and/or submit a document requested. This online document portal will ask students to log in and then if the student needs to submit forms and/or documents, it will list them. All forms will be online and completed through this document portal. Submitsfsdocs.wsu.edu will also be the place where students can stay up to date on the latest processing of their forms and documents submitted to Student Financial Services. If a submitted document somehow wasn’t correct or complete, submitsfsdocs.wsu.edu will be the place to find out. A description of the “problem” will be provided and resubmission of the correct form/document will be needed to continue processing the financial aid application for the student.
Below are step-by-step instructions on how to process loans shown on your financial aid award. Please follow these steps so your financial aid monies can be delivered to your WSU Student Account. The below instructions are specific to the different types of loans offered by the federal government. For any questions about your financial aid, contact the Student Financial Services Office. It takes at least 48 hours to receive your loan monies after completing the required entrance loan counseling and/or master promissory note. For questions about your WSU charges, account balances, refunds, or late fees, please contact University Receivables (or also known as Student Accounts).
|Subsidized and Unsubsidized Direct Stafford Loans|
|New Process 2014-2015 Parent PLUS LOAN|
|Process Graduate PLUS Loan|
The 2015-2016 WSU General Scholarship Application is now available here! Deadline is January 31, 2015.
Not Seeing a Scholarship on Your Financial Aid Account?
If it is an Outside Scholarship: Check with the donor to find out if your scholarship
check has been sent to WSU. If it has been sent, be patient while it is processed.
See the process for outside scholarships below.
If it is a Departmental Scholarship: If you have already received a notice from
your department of the award, no follow up is needed on your end. Your
department will submit the award to Scholarship Services to post. If you don't
see your award by the start of classes, check with your department on the status
of the award. See the process for departmental scholarships below.
Note the following:
- Most scholarships require full time (12 credits) enrollment to disburse
to your student account.
- You may not see a refund of the scholarship if you have a balance for
tuition,fees or room and board on your student account.
- If you have multiple outside scholarships from similar organizations, they
may be posted as one funding type on your financial aid account.
But,they will post separately on your student account.
The process during the fall semester is extremely busy . We ask for your patience
during this peak time.
8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Student Financial Services, Lighty Building Room 380, Washington State University, PO Box 641068, Pullman WA 99164-1068, 509-335-9711.