Financial aid is available to those who qualify, regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age or disability. Detailed information and professional financial aid advising are available to all applicants at the financial aid office located at each campus.
WCUI Financial Aid Office Schedule
Monday – Thursday: 10:00am to 7:00pm
Friday: 9:00am to 4:00pm
Saturday:9:00am to 2:00pm
To receive federally funded financial aid and some other types of financial assistance, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), enroll as a regular student in an approved degree or certificate program, meet citizenship requirements, demonstrate financial need and maintain satisfactory academic progress. In addition, a student must not be in default on any student loan program including Stafford Loan or owe a refund on a PELL Grant, SEOG or California Student Assistance Grant.
Processing an application normally takes one to two weeks and early application is recommended.
GI Bill Educational Benefits
If you have served in the U.S. Armed Forces then it is possible that you are entitled to federal benefits according to the GI Bill of Rights. The GI Bill offers service members of the U.S. military educational benefits depending on what branch of the military they served in and for how long.
Check out VA Education Benefitsfor more information.
The requirements for entitlement in GI Bill educational benefits depend on if you were an active service member or a reserve service member Find out if you Qualify.
Learn More About These Benefits
Military Tuition Assistance
Armed Forces Tuition Assistance (TA) is a benefit paid to eligible members of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard. Congress has given each branch of the armed forces the ability to pay up to 100% for the tuition expenses of its members. Each has its own criteria for eligibility, obligated service, application processes and restrictions. This money is usually paid directly to the institution by the individual branch of service.
Additionally, active duty members may elect to use the MGIB “top-up” in addition to their service provided TA to cover high-cost courses. TA is not a loan; it should be viewed as money earned just like base pay.
Vocational Rehabilitation for Veterans
The Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program (VR&E) sometimes referred to as Chapter 31 or Voc Rehab, helps veterans with service-connected disabilities and employment handicaps prepare for, find and keep suitable jobs. For veterans with service-connected disabilities so severe that they cannot immediately consider work, VR&E offers services to improve their ability to live as independently as possible.
The following services may be provided by VR&E
- Comprehensive rehabilitation evaluation to determine abilities, skills, interests and needs.
- Vocational counseling and rehabilitation planning.
- Employment services such as job-seeking skills, resume development and other work readiness assistance.
- Assistance finding and keeping a job, including the use of special employer incentives.
- On the Job Training (OJT), apprenticeships and non-paid work experiences.
- Financial assistance for post-secondary training at a college, vocational, technical or business school.
- Supportive rehabilitation services including case management, counseling and referrals.
- Independent living services.
If you have questions regarding your eligibility, give us a call and we can help you better understand your benefits.