To assist families with meeting educational costs when their own resources are not enough, EWC offers a variety of federal, state and institutional funding, which include grants, scholarships, employment opportunities, low-interest loans and payment plans.
Financial aid awards vary based on individual student needs and eligibility, as well as funding availability and enrollment level. Students should first apply for multiple sources of gift (or “free”) aid each year and leave borrowing student loans as a last resort since loans MUST be repaid. Read below for some of the many types of assistance available to help with educational costs.
The federal philosophy for financial aid administration is that the main responsibility for financing education rests with the student and his/her family. Federal aid is available to supplement families’ resources.
In order for your eligibility for federal aid to be determined, students and/or parents should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.gov. Apply after January 1 of each year for the academic year beginning the following fall. Since results from FAFSA are often required for institutional aid, it is recommended that ALL students complete the federal application.
The priority consideration date for federal AND institutional aid is March 15, 2013. Students who have a completed financial aid file by this date will receive priority consideration for all available funding. After this date, most funds are first-come, first-served. Students must have a completed application on file at least six weeks prior to enrollment to ensure financial aid funds are available to pay for education expenses.
Students must meet general eligibility requirements to receive federal funding and must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress to retain aid semester to semester.
Students or families who have recently had a change in financial circumstances due to a loss of job or benefits, death, separation or divorce, or other please contact the the Financial Aid Office. We may be able to help you obtain additional assistance.
Federal grant based on financial need as determined by completion of the FAFSA.
Award amounts (2013-2014):
$605 minimum – $5,645 maximum per academic year (based on full time enrollment of 12 credits or more per semester). Prorated based on Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and level of enrollment. The Pell Grant is a fixed amount; what you are eligible for at EWC is the same amount you would receive at any other school, so the grant covers more costs at institutions with lower tuition and fee rates.
Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
Federal grant available to Pell Grant eligible students who demonstrate a high financial need. These funds are used to supplement a student’s education expenses (i.e, books & supplies, room & board). Schools have limited funding; not all high need students will receive SEOG.
Award amounts: $100 minimum – $600 maximum (at EWC). Prorated based on level of enrollment.
Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant
Students whose parent or guardian died as a result of U.S. military service in Iraq or Afghanistan after Sept. 11, 2001, may receive increased amounts of Title IV student financial assistance.
A federal student employment program based on financial need (as determined by completion of the FAFSA) to assist students with living expenses while attending college. Students may NOT work when they have scheduled classes and are encouraged to obtain a job that is related toward their degree or certificate program.
Value: Minimum wage per hour, typically for around 10 hours per week, depending on position obtained. Students can earn up to $2320 per year.
View more information on Federal Work Study.
Direct Loan Program (Subsidized and Unsubsidized)
Direct loans are available to students enrolled in a minimum of six credit hours. This is a long-term, low- interest loan. Students must first complete the (FAFSA) and a Master Promissory Note. First-time borrowers must complete loan Entrance Counseling.
View more information on student loans and the application process.
Direct Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS)
This low interest loan program is available to parents of dependent students who may need to borrow for educational expenses that the student’s aid won’t cover. The Direct Parent Loan may not exceed the student’s cost of education minus other financial aid awards.
View more information on Direct Parent Loans.
Eastern Wyoming College offers foundation, institutional and private donor scholarships and activity grants.
Activity grants and scholarships have a March 15 priority consideration date for first-time EWC students (however, highly qualified applicants may be considered for scholarships at any time). Any applications received after the priority date will be considered on a “first-come, first-served” basis. Continuing and transfer students may apply for scholarships online or by completing the Continuing Student Scholarship Application.
Click here for more information on scholarships or activity grants.
The State of Wyoming also offers the Hathaway Scholarship to Wyoming Residents.
On-campus jobs are available to students who do not qualify for Federal Work Study but do meet Financial Aid Policies and desire to work.
Value: Minimum wage per hour.
View more information on institutional employment programs.
EWC offers various methods for paying for student account charges; payment plans may be available. Contact the Business Office for details at 307.532.8205.
Federal Student Aid Information Center: 800.4.FED.AID (800.433.3243)
Wyoming Workforce Development
FAFSA4caster – estimate the aid you will receive
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Private organizations that support higher education:
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Private Student Loans
In accordance with 34 CFR 668.14(b)(29)(ii), an institution must discuss the availability of Federal, State, and institutional financial aid to a student applying for alternative educational loans. EWC’s Financial Aid Office is happy discuss with students and prospective students, and their parents, the financial aid options available under Title IV of the Higher Education Act programs, which offer better options and more benefits than private loans. The terms and conditions of Title IV HEA program loans are often more favorable than the provisions of private educational loans.
Federal Direct Loans vs. Private Student Loans at EWC StudentAid.ed.gov/types/loans/federal-vs-private
Compare some available alternative loan lenders via ElmSelect.
Also check out the Bank of North Dakota for private educational loans.
Aid for International Students
Federal aid (such as Pell Grants, Work Study and Direct Loans) is limited to U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens. Many scholarships and loans from public and private sources are also restricted to U.S. citizens. International students will find little information available about financial aid because of citizenship limitations, but listed below are some online resources that can help.
- International Student Exchange & Study Abroad Resource Center
- International Student Loan Center
- International Scholarships
- eduPASS: The SmartStudent Guide to Studying in the USA
- eduPASS: Loans for International Students
- Study Abroad Loans
- International Education Financial Aid
- Sallie Mae Student Loans
- Wells Fargo Student Loans
Be careful what information you give online. You should not have to pay to apply for scholarships or loans (other than interest rates or origination fees) and anything guaranteed or available to everyone should signal a red flag. Check FinAid.org for information on how to protect yourself from scams and identity theft.
To apply for admission at EWC, International Students need to complete the application process.