Steps to Getting Financial Aid

We've created a step-by-step guide to applying for Financial Aid at The W.

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Step 1: Apply

  • Apply for admission to The W.
  • Plan your budget for the upcoming academic year.




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Step 2: Complete

Now that you have completed the FAFSA and have been admitted to MUW, the next step is to ensure that your financial aid application is complete.

In some cases you may have to provide additional information on the FAFSA or submit documentation to our office. These items can be seen through your Banner account.

Respond to any requests for additional information quickly!

Based on your responses to the questions on the FAFSA, we may need additional information to validate your financial aid application. If additional information is requested, you will receive an email from our office indicating the item(s) needed to complete your file.

Some of the more common documentation requests include:

  • Verification of income
  • Verification of Social Security information
  • Verification of previous Federal loan amounts borrowed
  • Verification of Selective Service registration
  • Verification of Immigration and Naturalization status



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Step 3: Review

Once your financial aid application file is complete, you will receive an award notification via e-mail that contains the steps to reviewing and accepting your award.

  • Login to BANNER
  • Student Services
  • Financial Aid
  • My Award Information
  • Award aid year
  • Accept Award Offer
  • If your award includes loans, you will need to complete and submit the applicable promissory note(s) and entrance counseling.



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Step 4: Receive

If you have accepted your award, your funds are ready for disbursement to your student account.

If your semester funds are in excess of your semester charges, you may receive the excess in the form of a refund check. University Accounting mails out checks or send the funds via direct deposit on Friday of each week beginning after attendance is verified.

Some common things that prevent your aid from being disbursed to your student account:

  • Master promissory notes have not been completed and submitted for Federal Stafford and/or Federal PLUS loans.
  • Student has not yet registered for minimum required hours (enrollment must be at least half time)
  • Entrance Counseling has not been completed and submitted for Stafford loans.