Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT DOES IT COST TO ATTEND WAYNESBURG UNIVERSITY?
For the Fall 2014 - Spring 2015 year, full-time (12-18 credits) tuition is $20,890. The activity fee for student organizations, publications, and athletic events is $400. For resident students, the room and board costs are $8,860 per year. So, the cost for commuter/off-campus students is $21,290 and the cost for a resident student in a regular dorm with a 19 meal plan is $30,150. These do not include the costs for transportation, books or incidental expenses.
DO MY COSTS INCREASE EACH YEAR?
Although the goal of Waynesburg University is to keep its cost of education as minimal and as affordable as possible, the reality of higher education is that the cost often increases from year to year.
HOW AM I BILLED?
Students are billed on a semester basis by the University's Business Office. Annual costs are normally divided in half for each semester. Billing questions should be direct to the Business Office at 724-852-3385 or 724-852-3298.
WHEN WILL I RECEIVE A BILL?
The University's Business Office sends out fall semester bills by the end of June with a due date around the middle of August. Spring semester bills are sent out by the end of November with a due date around the middle of December.
ARE THERE PAYMENT OPTIONS?
Waynesburg University offers families the opportunity to budget unpaid, direct educational expenses through the University's Monthly Payment Plan (MPP). The MPP enables families to determine how much of their annual tuition, fees, room and board they want to pay in equal monthly payments. The only cost is a $40 annual application fee. For further information, please contact the Business Office at 724-852-3385, 724-852-3298 or 724-852-3403.
HOW DO I KNOW WHAT AID I WILL RECEIVE?
Once a student is admitted to the University and completes the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the Financial Aid Office will send an Award Letter detailing the student's aid eligibility, requirements and options.
HOW IS MY AID DETERMINED?
A student's financial aid is based on the results and the analysis of the information that was submitted on the FAFSA. Waynesburg University uses the federal methodology to calulate eligibility for all federal, state and institutional aid programs.
WHAT IF I NEED ADDITIONAL MONEY?
If you need additional funds, please contact the University's Financial Aid Office immediately. Although we cannot guarantee more aid, we can guarantee that we will do our best to assist you!
IS MY AID GUARANTEED IN FUTURE YEARS?
Since there are so many variables that determine aid eligibility from one year to the next, we cannot give any guarantees in regards to future aid eligibility. However, if your family's financial and household information remains relatively constant from year to year, you can estimate that you will receive a similar aid package each year, assuming that you meet application deadlines and requirements.
DO I HAVE TO APPLY FOR AID EVERY YEAR?
If you want financial aid, you must apply each year that you plan to be enrolled in school.
WHEN SHOULD I APPLY FOR AID?
The FAFSA should be completed after January 1st of each year, usually after you complete your federal tax return. If you are a Pennsylvania resident, the deadline for applying for state grant consideration through the FAFSA is May 1st of each year. Non-Pennsylvania residents should check with their state agency for their deadlines.
WHAT DOES MY ENROLLMENT STATUS NEED TO BE?
A student must be enrolled full-time (12 credits per semester) to be eligible for Waynesburg University funding, including merit scholarships. Less than full-time enrollment may qualify you for federal and/or state grants. Student loans require at least half-time (6 credits) enrollment.
WHAT ABOUT LOANS?
Educational loans are a reality in higher education. The most highly recommended are the student Direct Loan and the parent Direct PLUS Loan. These federally backed loan programs offer families affordable interest rates and various repayment options.
DO I HAVE TO TAKE OUT LOANS?
A student always has the choice to accept or decline a financial aid award. Educational loans are an investment in one's future. As such, we encourage our students and their parents to carefully consider their loan options and to borrow only what is necessary.
HOW MUCH CAN I BORROW?
Since educational loans are for educationally related expenses only, there are limits to how much a student and/or parent can borrow. A student's total aid, including all loans, can never exceed the institution's estimated cost of attendance.
WHAT ABOUT ALTERNATIVE STUDENT LOANS?
Students and parents are encouraged to exhaust all federal loan programs prior to considering private, alternative loans. For more information on these loans, go to the link "Alternative Student Loans."
HOW CAN I APPLY FOR AN ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP?
There are a number of endowed scholarships listed in the Waynesburg Academic Catalog. These funds usually have unique and specific requirements. As such, the Financial Aid Office determines designees in collaboration with the University's Institutional Advancement Office. Previous recipients' awards are renewed as long as they continue to meet scholarship requirements. New recipients are normally awarded in the second semester of an academic year. Please note that these awards replace Waynesburg University Grant funds and do not normally result in an increase in financial aid.
DO I HAVE TO WORK IF I AM AWARDED FEDERAL WORK STUDY (FWS)?
If you are awarded FWS, you are under no obligation to participate in the program. Some students, especially first year students, feel that their free time would be better served adjusting to college life and studies. If you choose to participate in the program, please know that there are limited jobs and employment is not guaranteed. The FWS award amount is based on potential earnings and is neither reflected nor deducted on your student bill.
Students are encouraged to pursue as many scholarships as possible to assist with educational expenses. Please note, however, that applying for financial aid is always free. This includes searching and applying for scholarships. Any that involve payment should be avoided. At Waynesburg University, we highly recommend the following additional resource sites for scholarship searches and information.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I RECEIVE OUTSIDE SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS?
The policy of Waynesburg University is that a student's total gift aid cannot exceed the University's direct educational costs. If a student receives scholarship funding which in addition to previously awarded aid exceeds these costs, or if he/she has need based funds and now they exceed the student's demonstrated financial need, then adjustments may be made to the award package. These adjustments could include the reduction of institutional scholarships and/or grants.
WHAT IS SATISFACTORY ACADEMIC PROGRESS (SAP)?
The Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policy is explained in detail in the Waynesburg Academic Catalog. Basically, it means that all students are required to maintain a pace of completion, a cumulative GPA and length of program requirement to remain eligible for all federal, state and institutional aid programs. Failure to do so may result in the loss of financial aid.
WHAT IF I WITHDRAW FROM SCHOOL?
If a student withdraws from the University, federal, state and institutional regulations require that we determine whether a refund is due to any aid program or to the student. This standard refund calculation is performed once the student notifies the institution of the withdrawal. A revised award notice will be sent to the student detailing the results of this calculation. Please note that, if you decide to transfer to another school, your financial aid does not tranfers with you. You must apply for aid at your new school.
WHAT HAPPENS IF MY FAMILY'S SITUATION CHANGES?
Normally, all information from the FAFSA is based upon the family's previous year's financial information. Under certain unique situations (e.g., death, disability, divorce, separation, loss or reduction of income), aid administrators can reconsider aid eligibility based on these new circumstances. The Special Circumstances Application is avaliable on this website under "Financial Aid Forms." Questions regarding this should be directed to the Financial Aid Office at 724-852-3208.
CAN I BE INDEPENDENT?
To be declared independent for financial aid purposes, a student must fall into at least one of the following catagories: be 24 years of age or older; be enrolled in a master's or doctorate program of study; be legally married; have children or dependents that you provide more than half of their support; be a veteran or active member of the U. S. Armed forces; be an orphan, ward of the court, emancipated minor or in a legal guardianship; are an unaccompanied youth who is homeless. Per federal regulations, financial independence, parental refusal to cooperate in the aid process, living on one's own or not being claimed on the parent's federal tax return do not make a student independent.