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The Schock Financial Aid Office

Special Situations

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The Schock Financial Aid Office

Address:
25 University Avenue, Suite 030
West Chester, PA 19383


Phone: 610-436-2627
Fax: 610-436-2574
Email: Finaid@wcupa.edu


Fall Hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 8:00am-4:30pm
Wednesday: 9:00am-4:30pm

Summer Hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 8:00am-4:00pm
Wednesday: 9:00am-4:00pm

Special Situations

Financial Aid eligibility is based on a formula established by Congress that takes into account family income, certain assets and expenses that are required (taxes), necessary (basic living expenses) and related to earning income (employment-related expenses). In addition there are eligibility requirements students must meet to receive financial aid, including successful academic progress. For additional information or to schedule an appointment please contact the Financial Aid office at (610) 436-2627 or via finaid@wcupa.edu.

A Budget Adjustment

Your educational expenses may be in excess of the standard Cost of Attendance used to determine your aid package. If you have documentation to support these expenses you may request an adjustment to your cost of attendance – A Budget Adjustment.

Dependency Overrides

Many students feel they are independent for various reasons. How you answer the questions in the dependency section of the FAFSA determines your dependency status according to federal law. Frequently asked questions regarding Dependency- FAQs.

Where there are extenuating circumstances students may appeal their dependency status. Exceptions are made only when adequate documentation of extenuating family circumstances exists.

Complete and submit an Appeal to Be Independent Form, complete the request carefully. You may need to request a Dependency Override again if you cannot answer the questions on the FAFSA as an Independent student, in the following year.

Note: The school you plan to attend must submit the Dependency Override on your behalf. West Chester University will not honor a Dependency Override authorized by another institution.

Unaccompanied Homeless Youth (UHY) Determinations

The College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007 (CCRAA) expanded the definition of "independent student" to include youth who are 1) unaccompanied and homeless, or 2) unaccompanied, self-support, and at-risk of homeless at any time during the award year in which they submit the FAFSA. The CCRAA uses the McKinney-Vento Act's definitions of

  1. "homeless" which, includes youth who lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence. It also uses "at-risk of homelessness" to refer to students whose housing may cease to be fixed, regular, and adequate.
  2. "unaccompanied" which includes youth not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian.

The U.S. Department of Education has defined "youth" to mean 21 or younger.

Application for Assistance, Additional Resources, and FAQs

Continue to our Unaccompanied Homeless Youth section for application assistance. You can contact the aid office with questions. The financial aid office is the designated S.P.O.C. - Single Point of Contact in this effort. We are committed to helping all students overcome the barriers faced in their pursuit of a higher education.

Loss of Income

Should your family's circumstances change after you submit your FAFSA you may have grounds for a "Professional Judgment" evaluation. For added insight please see our FAQs concerning this topic.

If you or your parents have experienced loss of income since reporting the FAFSA data you may complete an Unusual Circumstance Worksheet in order to have your aid application reconsidered.

Unusual Circumstances or Expenses

Should your family's circumstances change after you submit your FAFSA you may have grounds for a "Professional Judgment" evaluation. For added insight please see our FAQs concerning this topic.

If you or your parents have unusual circumstances that affect the ability to contribute money to the cost of your attendance at WCU (for example, high medical expenses), you may complete an Unusual Circumstance Worksheet in order to have your aid application reconsidered.

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) - Federal Aid

Students must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress to receive federal financial aid.

Academic progress is determined after spring grades are processed.

Students that find themselves out of compliance with the SAP policy may appeal their status by submitting an Academic Appeal Form

 

Satisfactory Academic Progress - PHEAA PA State Grant

Students must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress to receive federal financial aid.

Academic progress is determined after spring grades are processed.

Students that find themselves out of compliance with the PA State Grant academic progress policy may appeal their status by submitting a State Grant Program Academic Progress Exception Form.

Frequently Requested Forms for Profession Judgment and Special Situations - FAQs

  • Academic Appeal Forms by Semester: Summer
  • Budget Adjustment Form: Only Available in the Aid Office
  • Appeal to be Independent Form: 2016-2017 | Appeal to be Independent Form: 2015-2016
  • Reduction of income/Unusual Circumstance Form: Available upon request (2015-2016 TBR June)