Frequently Asked Questions

Are there computers available for student use in the Financial Aid Office?

Yes. There are computers available in Morgan Hall in first floor hallway between the Student One Stop and the Cashiers’ window.  Students may use the computers to complete any of the financial aid process, including:

  • filling out the FAFSA
  • completing the Master Promissory Note
  • completing entrance counseling and other processes


How do I know if the Financial Aid Office needs additional information from me?

There are three ways to know if the Financial Aid office needs information from you:

  • Letter in the mail requesting additional information
  • Email requesting additional information
  • MyWashburn under the Financial Services tab under “Financial Aid Requirements”


Who should I talk to about any problems or other questions I have regarding my financial aid?
Please contact the Financial Aid Office at 785.670.1151, or come in to the Student One Stop in Morgan Hall.


How long does the financial aid process take?
Early Applicants (e.g. students who apply ON or BEFORE November 15th): Early applications are held in application date order until the eligibility and awarding process is implemented.

Late Applicants (e.g. Students who apply AFTER November 15th): If you apply after the November 15th priority deadline, it generally takes around 2-3 weeks from the time you submit a FAFSA until an award letter is ready.  

  • Because every student’s situation is different, processing time will vary. A few of the factors that can affect processing time are:
    • if a student is selected for verification
    • how quickly all requested documents are submitted to our office
    • when the FAFSA was originally submitted
    • if there is any mismatched information
    • wrong school code was entered

In order to ensure your aid is finalized and available to release by the first disbursement date check your MyWashurn account frequently.  Although the Financial Aid Office will try to keep in touch with you, it is your responsibility and very important that you make sure all documents are submitted in a timely manner and that your file is both accurate and complete.


How do I find out how much aid I am awarded?
  • Login to MyWashburn
  • Select the “Financial Services” tab
  • Select the “Financial Aid Awards” link in the far left column
  • Select the correct aid year and submit.
  • Select the “Terms and Conditions” tab – All students must read and accept the terms and conditions before accepting your financial aid.
  • Select the “Accept Award Offer” tab to accept/decline award.


Do I have to apply for financial aid and scholarships every year?

Yes, this process must be repeated annually.

You’ll want to be sure to apply complete the FAFSA starting October 1st as soon as possible.

For continuing students who were awarded an academic or specialized scholarship, you will want to fill out the Scholarship Renewal Application as soon as possible.

The priority deadline for the FAFSA is November 15th.  The priority date for the Scholarship Renewal is December 1st.


How do I renew my Departmental Scholarship?

You will need to contact the Department regarding their renewal process.


Do I need to renew my Interstate Tuition Waiver?

No.  You will remain eligible for the Interstate Tuition Waiver as long as you continue to meet the required 3.0 cumulative GPA or higher.

Although, we encourage students to appeal for residency status.  For more information about Residency Status visit: Residency Information


Should I Claim Scholarships & Other Awards on My Taxes?

Your scholarship may be taxable – discover how to report your scholarships on your taxes. By Elizabeth Hoyt February 16, 2017 Taken From Fastweb- Your connection to scholarships, colleges, financial aid and more If you’ve won a scholarship, grant or fellowship, congratulations are in order!  You’ll surely want to share the great news with Mom, […]

Continue reading...

Understanding Your College Financial Aid Package

First there was the waiting… then the acceptance letters! Now? It’s all about the financial aid packages. With the May 1 commitment deadline just around the corner, you and your child may be wondering “How do I figure out which financial aid package is best?” Or perhaps, “What other options do I have besides what […]

Continue reading...

Financial Aid Information for Spring Graduates

Congratulations…you are graduating! Here are some topics to help you with this important transition to the real world. We will talk about loan repayment, budgeting, and how to be successful during this exciting time in your life. Exit Counseling Exit counseling is required when you graduate, leave school, or drop below half-time enrollment. Exit counseling […]

Continue reading...

Why you should fill out the FAFSA

You could be missing out on free money for college. Even if you think your parents earn too much money for you to qualify for financial aid, you should still fill out the form. By Alexandra Rice Jan. 5, 2015, at 9:00 a.m. Taken from U.S. News & World Report Money The average student loan […]

Continue reading...

Loan Repayment Options

repayment-plans-graphicContinue reading...

Writing a Scholarship Essay

How to write a Winning Scholarhsip EssayContinue reading...

FAFSA Friday

FAFSA FridayContinue reading...

Don’t Forget Your FAFSA


The 2016-2017 FAFSA will open on January 1, 2016. Be sure to complete your FAFSA by the priority deadline: February 15th! If you and/or your parent(s) have not completed your 2015 tax return by this date, you can estimate you and/or your parent(s) income and correct the FAFSA after you have filed. We will use the […]

Continue reading...

Are You A Financial Success Story?


From students living on their own to alumni paying off their loans, SALT® can’t resist a good financial success story—and we want to hear yours. Activate your SALT account from now until November 17 to join our online community and enter our Share Your Success Story Sweepstakes. You’ll earn a chance to win one of […]

Continue reading...