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The Schock Financial Aid Office

Award Letters

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The Schock Financial Aid Office

25 University Avenue, Suite 030
West Chester, PA 19383

Phone: 610-436-2627
Fax: 610-436-2574

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

Award Letters

*Verify that your email on your FAFSA and your WCU email address are functioning properly.

  • Your financial aid package will be available online once your record has been processed.
  • You will receive an email* with instructions on how to access your aid package.
  • ACCESS the WCU portal by signing in to your myWCU account. Select "Awards" in the Financial Aid Section of the Student Self-Service.
  • Select the "Aid Year" to display your aid. You may view and print your FAN by selecting "View Award Notification."
  • You will also receive a Shopping Sheet designed to simplify the process of comparing cost between schools.

Have you taken the necessary steps to receive your Award Letter?

Cost of Attendance (COA)

  • The Cost of Attendance (COA) is NOT a Bill, but an estimate, provided by the Financial Aid office, of what it might cost the student for the academic year.
  • The COA includes an estimated cost for tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, transportation, personal and miscellaneous expenses.
  • The COA is influenced by the student's state residency, enrollment status, and housing status. There are other factors that may affect the aid offered to the student.
  • The COA should be used as a planning tool until "real costs" are set by Harrisburg.
  • "Need" will vary from school to school because costs will vary from school to school.

Expected Family Contribution (EFC)

  • The EFC (Expected Family Contribution) is calculated from information on the FAFSA , including student and parental income (taxable and un-taxable), net assets, the number of family members in the household, and the number enrolled in college.
  • Your EFC is not the amount of money your family will have to pay for college.
  • Your EFC is not the amount of federal student aid you will receive.
  • The Financial Aid office imports records from the Department of Education on a weekly basis.
  • The EFC is a number used by your school to calculate how much financial aid you are eligible to receive.

The Calculation of "Need"

  • Cost of Attendance (COA) minus the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) equals "Need."
  • Need will vary from school to school because costs will differ.
  • Non-need-based aid is financial aid that is not based on your EFC.
  • Your total aid package, including Need and Non-Need based funding, may not exceed your total COA.
  • Some financial aid is based on "Need" some is based on "Merit."
  • Corrections or changes made to the FAFSA or enrollment status, or the addition of aid to a student's package, can change the student's "Need."