Frequently Asked Questions about Financial Aid

General FAQs

What is the cost of attending EWC?
Find information about EWCs tuition and fees here.

What is the refund policy?
Review EWC’s refund policy before deciding to drop a class. Also, see the Return of Funds explanation on the Eligibility Requirements  page or check with the Financial Aid Office to find out how dropping classes might affect your financial aid. You must remain at full-time status (at least 12 credits per semester) throughout the semester to stay in the residence halls.

Why do I keep receiving a bill when I have financial aid?
Your financial aid is not accessible until the first disbursement date. This is the date when all qualifying funds are transferred to the Business Office and applied to your account. Before that date, the Financial Aid Office is working behind the scenes to confirm you are attending class and meeting the requirements set forth by the Department of Education. Approximately two weeks into the semester, approved financial aid is transmitted to your student account. The bills will stop once the account balance is $0.00. As long as you have a balance on your account, you will receive a bill, regardless of your financial aid award. Check the Important Financial Aid Dates on the EWC website and posted throughout campus for the first disbursement date. If you think an award has not been applied properly to your account, please contact the Financial Aid Office.

What is the deadline for applying for aid?
EWC’s priority deadline is March 15 each year. Pell Grants and loans are avaconilable to you based on your eligibility no matter when you apply through the academic year, but some funding is limited and is available on a first-come, first-serve basis only. Many scholarships are awarded after March 15 based on having an Admissions Application completed and high school transcripts submitted by that date. Because some scholarships require FAFSA information to award, it is important ALL applications are completed by March 15. Missing deadlines can jeopardize your opportunity for aid.

You should also apply early so you can get your award letter early to help you in making budgeting decisions and choosing a college that you can afford and that is the best fit for you.

Remember: You don’t have to have your tax returns completed by the FAFSA priority deadline. You can indicate on the FAFSA that you have not yet filed your tax returns. Then you can estimate your income and tax amounts from a previous year’s tax return or your W-2s and go back online later, when your tax returns are done, and make any necessary corrections.

How is financial aid awarded?
Pell grants, other grants, and scholarships are applied to your student account directly if you are registered for the required number of credit hours to qualify for your aid, you are not on suspension, and you are enrolled in an approved program of study. If your financial aid funds exceed your direct EWC charges, the remaining amount will be available to you in the form of a check approximately one week after the last day of late registration each semester.

How can I pay my bill if my financial aid does not cover it all?
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.

Where do I pick up my financial aid checks?
If your aid is processed by the end of the late registration period and you are due a refund, your refund check will be available approximately one week after the last day of late registration each semester. Funds received after that date will be processed, posted and disbursed once a week. Torrington Campus students may obtain refund checks from the Information Center on Fridays; checks for EWC Outreach students are mailed weekly.

When will I get my money?
Students who have received award letters from the Financial Aid Office by the start of the each semester AND who meet all other eligibility requirements should have checks available approximately one week after the last day of late registration. Specific dates are posted online and on flyers throughout campus.

Why am I not getting my EWC financial aid mail?
Make sure you have your current mailing address on file with us. Contact Student Services to verify your address and make necessary changes.

Why can’t my parents/spouse talk to you about my financial aid?
Because of FERPA, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 as amended by the Higher Education Amendments of 1998 (34 CFR Part 99), we cannot disclose any information about your financial aid without your permission.

If you’d like to have a parent/spouse have access to your records, you must fill out an Authorization to Release Records form.

How do I apply for financial aid in the summer?
Students wishing to apply for aid during a summer term must complete a Summer Aid Application and a FAFSA if they have not already completed one for the year. Summer is a “trailer” semester at EWC, meaning it is the ending semester to the academic year, so if you are interested in Summer 2015 financial aid, you must have a 2014-2015 FAFSA on file. Summer aid eligibility is impacted by annual limits, fund availability and number of credits enrolled. Students who are interested in loans and who have not already reached maximum loan limits for the year must also submit a Summer Loan Request Form. Students must be enrolled at least half time (six credits) to receive loans.

Is there aid available to Veterans?
Yes. Speak with EWC’s VA Certifying Official in Student Services (307.532.8334) for information on veteran’s benefits and how to apply. Veterans should also apply for federal financial aid and scholarships.

I want to take some classes at another college that will apply to my EWC degree. How do I get financial aid for those credits?
You can fill out a Consortium Agreement to receive funding for credits at another institution at the same time you are enrolled in EWC.

I’m thinking about applying to be a Resident Assistant (RA). If I am selected, what will the impact be on my financial aid?
Resident Assistants receive a remission for room and board, which is applied directly to your account. See Residence Life for more housing information. This can significantly reduce your educational costs and reduce your potential loan debt.

Are there any programs that provide student financial assistance to home schooled students?
Home schooled students are eligible for federal student aid for college if they have completed a secondary school education in a home school setting that is treated as a home school or private school under State law (Section 484(d)(3) of the Higher Education Act of 1965). Students who do not meet the requirements of state law must complete a GED exam before receiving federal aid. For additional information, see Federal Requirements for Homeschoolers Seeking College Admission and Financial Aid, Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA), May 2003.

Homeschooled students are eligible for institutional and Foundation scholarships and are encouraged to apply for other scholarships as well. The Home School Foundation, www.homeschoolfoundation.org/, is one of few organizations with scholarships targeted directly at homeshooled students.

What resources are there for homeless students?
Homeless students are eligible for the same federal and institutional aid as any other student and should fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and scholarship applications. You should also contact the Financial Aid Office to see if there are other scholarships available to you. Some good online sources for homeless youth include:
www.serve.org/
www.naehcy.org
www.act.org

Federal Aid FAQs

Where do I apply for federal aid?
The quickest way for EWC to receive your information is if you fill out your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online. Filing your FAFSA will not only calculate your eligibility for federal Pell Grants, it will also determine your eligibility for Federal Work Study and Direct subsidized and unsubsidized loans.

The online application is available at www.fafsa.gov. Applying at this site is secure and FREE. Other online sites may want to charge you to apply.

Where can I apply for a PIN to sign my FAFSA?
You can apply for a PIN online at www.pin.ed.gov. Your PIN can be used each year to electronically apply for federal student aid and to access your U.S. Department of Education records online. Your PIN serves as your electronic signature and provides access to your personal records. You should NEVER give your PIN to anyone, including commercial services that offer to help you complete your FAFSA. Be sure to keep your PIN in a safe place.

What is a Student Aid Report (SAR) and why was I sent one?
Your Student Aid Report (SAR) is the Department of Education’s way of telling you they received your FAFSA. It is important that you read your SAR to determine if mistakes were made on your FAFSA. If your SAR indicates you made an error, you will need to make corrections online at www.fafsa.gov. Your SAR will also let you know your EFC.

What is my EFC?
Your EFC, or Expected Family Contribution, is the result of calculations from the financial information you enter on your FAFSA. The Federal Philosophy for determining eligibility for financial aid is that the student and his/her family bears the primary responsibility of paying for college costs and federal financial aid is intended to supplement, not replace, family resources. The EFC considers taxable and non-taxable income, asset equity, family size, age of parents, number of family members in college and has built-in allowances for taxes and living expenses. The EFC is not a bill or an amount you or your parents have to come up with to attend school, it is measure of your family’s financial strength and an estimation of what you might be able to contribute to your educational costs. Pell grants are awarded based on your EFC; for 2014-2015 an EFC of $5,157 or below is considered Pell eligible. EFC also determines eligibility for Federal Work Study and subsidized student loans.

I sent in my FAFSA more than four weeks ago, but I haven’t heard anything. What should I do?
First, be sure you actually submitted your FAFSA. You must click the “Submit” button (don’t just hit “Enter”) for your online FAFSA to be electronically submitted. You will receive a confirmation page that indicates the date and time you submitted your information. Be sure you’ve included EWC’s school code, 003929, on your FAFSA so we receive your information.

If you still haven’t received a Student Aid Report (SAR), call the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-4-FED-AID (toll free) or 1-319-337-5665. You must provide them with your Social Security Number and date of birth as verification.

You can also email FederalStudentAidCustomerService@ed.gov.

How much Pell Grant can I get?
The maximum Pell Grant award for the 2014-2015 academic year is $5,730. The amount you receive, however, depends not only on your financial need, but also on your status as a full-time or part-time student each semester, as well as meeting general eligibility requirements and Satisfactory Academic Progress status.

I probably will not qualify for aid, should I apply anyway?
Definitely. Many families mistakenly think they do not qualify for aid. The only way to know for sure if you qualify or not is to apply. You may be eligible for federal Direct subsidized and unsubsidized loans, but both require a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be completed. Parent Loans for Undergraduate Students (PLUS) also rely on FAFSA information and are available regardless of need. In addition, many scholarships require FAFSA information for warding.

What is the deadline for applying for aid?
EWC’s priority deadline is March 15 each year. Pell Grants and loans are available to you based on your eligibility no matter when you apply through the academic year, but some funding is limited and is available on a first-come, first-serve basis only. Many scholarships are awarded after March 15 based on having an Admissions Application completed and high school transcripts submitted by that date. Because some scholarships require FAFSA information to award, it is important ALL applications are completed by March 15. Missing deadlines can jeopardize your opportunity for aid.

You should also apply early so you can get your award letter early to help you in making budgeting decisions and choosing a college that you can afford and that is the best fit for you.

Remember: You don’t have to have your tax returns completed by the FAFSA priority deadline. You can indicate on the FAFSA that you have not yet filed your tax returns. Then you can estimate your income and tax amounts from a previous year’s tax return or your W-2s and go back online later, when your tax returns are done, and make any necessary corrections.

Why can’t I submit my FAFSA before January 1?
The need analysis process for financial aid uses the family’s income and tax information from the most recent tax year to judge your eligibility for need-based financial aid during the upcoming academic year (the award year). Since the tax year ends December 31, you cannot submit a financial aid application until January 1. If you submit an application before that date, it will be rejected.

Do I have to reapply for financial aid every year?
Yes. Most financial aid is contingent upon reapplication every academic year. Because your financial circumstances may change from year to year, you may be eligible for more or less aid. After your first year, you can do a renewal application online at www.fafsa.gov, which contains information from your previous year’s FAFSA. To retain financial aid eligibility, you must also maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress toward a degree, such as earning a minimum number of credits each semester and achieving a minimum GPA.

Do students receive the same amount of aid every year?
Not necessarily. You must reapply because eligibility is re-evaluated annually. Based on your most current financial information, the actual aid award may change. Federal aid will remain about the same if your family financial situation remains about the same; the number of family members in the household and in college remains the same; your application meets the deadline dates; and you are making satisfactory academic progress. Scholarships may be renewable if you meet eligibility requirements, but you must complete a Continuing Student Scholarship Application to be considered. Refer to the directions and criteria for each scholarship to which you are applying.

How do I apply for financial aid in the summer?
Students wishing to apply for aid during a summer term must complete a Summer Aid Application and a FAFSA if they have not already completed one for the year. Summer is a “trailer” semester at EWC, meaning it is the ending semester to the academic year, so if you are interested in Summer 2015 financial aid, you must have a 2014-2015 FAFSA on file. Summer aid eligibility is impacted by annual limits, fund availability and number of credits enrolled. Students who are interested in loans and who have not already reached maximum loan limits for the year must also submit a Summer Loan Request Form. Students must be enrolled at least half time (six credits) to receive loans.

What is Satisfactory Academic Progress?
In order to receive financial aid, a student must be making Satisfactory Academic Progress toward completion of a diploma, certificate, or degree. Academic progress is reviewed at the time awards are made, and again at the end of each fall, spring and summer semester. The EWC financial aid requirements outlined here are designed to comply with federal regulations.

Are there other eligibility requirements?
Yes. To qualify for federal financial aid, you must have a high school diploma or GED certificate, or have completed home schooling; be enrolled in an approved program at EWC for the purpose of obtaining a diploma, certificate or degree; be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen; have a Social Security Number; be making  Satisfactory Academic Progress toward completion of a diploma, certificate, or degree; certify that financial aid funds will be used only for educational purposes; not be in default of a federal student loan; not owe a repayment of a federal grant; and be registered with Selective Service, if required.

I want to fill out my FAFSA but my parents and I have not yet completed our tax returns. What do I do?
You can estimate your tax amount either by using last year’s tax information or by estimating your income using your most recent pay stub. You must update your FAFSA with your actual tax information when it is complete. Note that this may result in a revision of your awards.

If my parents do not claim me on their tax return, can I be independent on the FAFSA and not provide their income?
Simply claiming yourself for income tax purposes does not make you independent on the FAFSA. To determine whether you qualify to be independent and, therefore, not have to use your parent’s income on the FAFSA use this Dependency Status Worksheet from the FinAid website.

If my parents are divorced, whose income do I provide?
The parent you lived with most is the parent whose financial information you will need to provide on your FAFSA. If you lived equal time with both parents, then use the financial information of whichever parent provides for more than 50% of your financial support. If that parent is remarried, you will need to include the step-parent’s information as well.

My parents had a dual income when they filed their tax returns, but now one of my parents is unemployed. What do I do?
You will need to use both parents’ financial information on the FAFSA, but will want to contact EWC’s Financial Aid Office at 307.532.8224 or 1.866.327.8996 to alert us of the change in circumstances so we can advise you as to what to do next. EWC realizes that family situations are dynamic and unexpected events can adversely affect a family’s ability to meet educational costs. We will work with you individually to help meet your needs.

If I live with my grandparents/uncle/aunt/sister, do I need to put their income on the FAFSA?
The only people whose information you need to include on the FAFSA are your biological or adoptive parents. If you do not have contact with your parents, you should contact EWC’s Financial Aid Office at 307.532.8224 or 1.866.327.8996, to discuss your options.

If I am married but my spouse and I filed separately, do I still have to put my spouse’s income on the FAFSA?
Yes. Your combined income will need to be reported on the FAFSA.

Are there other ways I can get funding other than through the FAFSA or scholarships?
Yes. Commonly used resources in our area are Workforce Development, Vocational Rehabilitation, or the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Also, check with your employer or your parents’ employers, civic and religious groups and local agencies to see if they have scholarships available.

How is financial aid awarded?
Pell grants, other grants, and scholarships are applied to your student account directly if you are registered for the required number of credit hours to qualify for your aid, you are not on suspension, and you are enrolled in an approved program of study. If your financial aid funds exceed your direct EWC charges, the remaining amount will be available to you in the form of a check in the Information Office.

How can I pay my bill if my financial aid does not cover it all?
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.

Where do I pick up my financial aid checks?
If your aid is processed by the end of the late registration period and you are due a refund, your refund check will be available approximately one week after the last day of late registration each semester. Funds received after that date will be processed, posted and disbursed once a week. Torrington Campus students may obtain refund checks from the Information Center on Fridays; checks for EWC Outreach students are mailed weekly.

When will I get my money?
Students who have received award letters from the Financial Aid Office by the start of the each semester AND who meet all other eligibility requirements should have checks available approximately one week after the last day of late registration. Specific dates are posted online and on flyers throughout campus.

What is Federal Work Study?
Federal Work Study is an employment program funded by the federal government and EWC. It provides students with part-time jobs to help meet the cost of education. Jobs pay minimum wage and generally average 5-10 hours per week. Advantages of this program include:

  • A variety of jobs are available, with some involving community service, which can be included  on your scholarship applications and resume,
  • Federal Work Study income does not affect your financial aid eligibility for next year,
  • You gain valuable work experience, and
  • You can avoid student loan debt by working to pay for your education.

How do I apply for Federal Work Study or Institutional Employment?
The Financial Aid Office does not place you into specific positions. It is up to you to check on job availability and to complete paperwork. Even if you’ve previously had a Work-Study or Institutional Employment job, you will need to complete a new contract before beginning work.

New employees will need to provide identification for completion of the I-9 form. You are not allowed to work during your scheduled class times. You must submit your time worked through LancerNet and have it approved by a supervisor to receive your paycheck.

You are paid once a month for the previous month’s hours. Paychecks may be direct deposited or picked up in the Financial Aid Office the last working day of each month. Check here for a listing of positions, employment guidelines and manuals.

Are work-study earnings taxable?
The money you earn from Federal Work Study is generally subject to federal and state income tax, but exempt from FICA taxes (provided you are enrolled full time and work less than half time). Work-study earnings  for the calendar year should be included in the totals for adjusted gross income (AGI) and in the Additional Financial Aid Information section of the FAFSA. Work-study earnings should only be included on the FAFSA when they represent financial aid to the student, since the answer to this question is used as an exclusion from taxed income. The student should also be careful to report amounts based on the calendar year, not the school year.

What is Institutional Employment?
Just like Work Study jobs, Institutional Employment provides students with jobs on campus; the difference is that you do not have to have need as determined by the FAFSA to be eligible. Funding for Institutional Employment positions come from the school itself rather than the federal government. Application procedures are the same as for Work Study.

I want to take some classes at another college that will apply to my EWC degree. How do I get financial aid for those credits?
You can fill out a Consortium Agreement to receive funding for credits at another institution at the same time you are enrolled in EWC.

Are my parents responsible for paying back my student loans?
No. Parents are only responsible for your educational loans if you are under 18 and they were required to co-sign for you to get the loan. Parents are only obligated to repay the Federal Parent Loans for Undergraduate Students (PLUS).

Direct Student Loan FAQs

How much should I borrow?
EWC strongly encourages borrowers to carefully weigh the need for loans and to borrow only what is actually needed. Estimate and plan your repayment obligations prior to borrowing. Borrowing in excess of what is actually needed means repaying more at a later date. Monthly payments will be higher and payments will stretch over a longer period of time due to the interest that accrues on the loans.

For federal student and parent loans, borrowers should be aware of the repayment options that are available. In addition, there are a number of deferment or forbearance provisions available once the loan is in repayment. For some qualifying majors and professions, such as teaching, federal and state loan cancellation provisions can also be beneficial.

Click here for estimate, repayment, deferment and forbearance options.

Click here for Loan Forgiveness Program Information.

Remember, loans must be repaid even if you did not complete your program and/or degree.

How do I track and manage my loans?
To keep track of your student loans or to contact your loan servicer for repayment, log onto to the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) at www.nslds.ed.gov. The PIN number that you used as your electronic signature for the FAFSA can also be used to gain access to NSLDS.

This website will not only show you all of the federal and private loans you borrowed, but also who the servicer is for your loan(s). The servicer is the entity you will be corresponding with to coordinate repayment.

To see a list of Federal Student Aid servicers for the Direct Loan Program and for FFEL Program Loans purchased by the U.S. Department of Education, go to the Loan Servicer page.

How do I consolidate my loans?
A Direct Consolidation Loan allows you to combine multiple federal student loans into one loan once you graduate or leave school. The result is a single monthly payment instead of multiple ones, which can simplify the process, but it can also result in the loss of some benefits.

Because there are advantages and disadvantages to loan consolidation, research this option carefully before proceeding. If you have questions about whether or not consolidation is right for you, please contact the Direct Loan Consolidation Loan Information Center at www.loanconsolidation.ed.gov. Also check out http://studentaid.ed.gov/repay-loans/consolidation.

When should I begin repaying my loans?
You don’t have to begin repaying most federal student loans until after you leave college or drop below half-time enrollment. However, Parent PLUS loans enter repayment once the loan is fully disbursed (paid out). Most student loans have a “grace period”,  a set period of time (usually six months) after you graduate, leave school, or drop below half-time enrollment before you must begin repayment on your loan. The grace period gives you time to get financially settled and to select your repayment plan. Not all federal student loans have a grace period. Note that for most loans, interest will accrue during your grace period.

Your loan servicer or lender must provide you with a loan repayment schedule that states when your first payment is due, the number and frequency of payments, and the amount of each payment.

There is no penalty for paying your loan off early or for making payments while you are still enrolled. If you have unsubsidized loans, you can (and should!) make payments on your interest that is accruing to keep your total loan debt lower.

What repayment plans are available to me?
When it comes time to start repaying your student loan(s), you can select a repayment plan that’s right for your financial situation. Payment plans vary in terms of length of repayment, total interest paid and payment amounts per month. Some plans are based on the income you earn. Generally, you’ll have from 10 to 25 years to repay your loan, depending on total amount borrowed and which repayment plan you choose. Contact your loan servicer if you would like to discuss repayment plan options or change your repayment plan. You can get information about all of the federal student loans you have received and find the loan servicer for your loans using the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS). Get detailed info about payment plans available here.

What is loan default?
If you don’t make your loan payments, you risk going into default. Defaulting on your loan has serious consequences. Your school, the financial institution that made or owns your loan, your loan guarantor, and the federal government all can take action to recover the money you owe. Understand how missing a loan payment can be a problem, what default means and the consequences of default, and what you need to do if your loan is in default or if you think the default on your loan is an error. There are different options to prevent falling into default status.

What are some of the consequences of defaulting?
The consequences of defaulting on a federal student loan can be severe:

  • The entire unpaid balance of the loan and any interest is immediately due and payable.
  • Loss of eligibility for deferment, forbearance, and repayment plans.
  • Loss of eligibility for additional federal student aid.
  • The loan account is assigned to a collection agency.
  • The loan will be reported as delinquent to credit bureaus, damaging your credit rating. This will affect your ability to buy a car or house or to get a credit card.
  • Your student loan debt will increase because of the late fees, additional interest, court costs, collection fees, attorney’s fees, and any other costs associated with the collection process.
  • Wages and/or tax refunds may be garnished.
  • You may not be able to purchase or sell assets such as real estate.
  • It will take years to reestablish your credit and recover from default.

What are some options to preventing my loan from defaulting?
Under certain circumstances, you can receive a deferment or forbearance that allows you to temporarily postpone or reduce your federal student loan payments. Postponing or reducing your payments may help you avoid default.

You’ll need to work with your loan servicer to apply for deferment or forbearance; and be sure to keep making payments on your loan until the deferment or forbearance is in place.

Deferment: a postponement of payment on a loan that is allowed under certain conditions and during which interest does not accrue for subsidized loans. This request can be made if you are returning to school and are enrolled in at least half-time status.

Forbearance: a period during which your monthly loan payments are temporarily suspended or reduced. You may qualify for forbearance if you are willing but not able to make loan payments due to certain types of financial hardships. A complete list of Direct Loan forbearance options and eligibility criteria can be reviewed at www.dlservicer.ed.gov.

Changing repayment plans: Changing repayment plans is a good way to manage your loan debt when your financial circumstances change. For example, you can usually lower your monthly payment by changing to another repayment plan with a longer term to repay the loan. There are no penalties for changing repayment plans.

How do I get help with loan issues?
First, ALWAYS contact your loan servicer. Staying in touch with your loan servicer will maintain a good relationship and decrease the chances of loan default. Keep your contact information up to date with your servicer so you receive important correspondence. Get your servicers contact information at nslds.ed.gov.

If you are having a problem with your federal student loan that your servicer cannot address, contact the FSA Ombudsman at the U.S. Department of Education. The FSA Ombudsman is dedicated to helping students resolve disputes and other problems with federal student loans.

You can contact the FSA Ombudsman by phone at 1-877-557-2575, by fax at 1-202-275-0549, by mail at U.S. Department of Education, FSA Ombudsman, 830 First Street, NE, Fourth Floor, Washington, DC 20202-5144, by visiting fsahelp.ed.gov or by e-mail at fsaombudsmanoffice@ed.gov.

Are my parents responsible for paying back my student loans?
No. Parents are only responsible for your educational loans if you are under 18 and they were required to co-sign for you to get the loan. Parents are only obligated to repay the Federal Parent Loans for Undergraduate Students (PLUS).

Student Employment FAQs

What is Federal Work Study?
Federal Work Study is an employment program funded by the federal government and EWC. It provides students with part-time jobs to help meet the cost of education. Jobs pay minimum wage and generally average 5-10 hours per week. Advantages of this program include:

  • A variety of jobs are available, with some involving community service, which can be included on your scholarship applications and resume,
  • Federal Work Study income does not affect your financial aid eligibility for next year,
  • You gain valuable work experience, and
  • You can avoid student loan debt by working to pay for your education.

How do I apply for Federal Work Study or Institutional Employment?
The Financial Aid Office does not place you into specific positions. It is up to you to check on job availability and to complete paperwork. Even if you’ve previously had a Work-Study or Institutional Employment job, you will need to complete a new contract before beginning work.

New employees will need to provide identification for completion of the I-9 form. You are not allowed to work during your scheduled class times. You must submit your time worked through LancerNet and have it approved by a supervisor to receive your paycheck.

You are paid once a month for the previous month’s hours. Paychecks may be direct deposited or picked up in the Financial Aid Office the last working day of each month. Check here for a listing of positions, employment guidelines and manuals.

Are work-study earnings taxable?
The money you earn from Federal Work Study is generally subject to federal and state income tax, but exempt from FICA taxes (provided you are enrolled full time and work less than half time). Work-study earnings for the calendar year should be included in the totals for adjusted gross income (AGI) and in the Additional Financial Aid Information section of the FAFSA. Work-study earnings should only be included on the FAFSA when they represent financial aid to the student, since the answer to this question is used as an exclusion from taxed income. The student should also be careful to report amounts based on the calendar year, not the school year.

What is Institutional Employment?
Just like Work-Study jobs, Institutional Employment provides students with jobs on campus; the difference is that you do not have to have need as determined by the FAFSA to be eligible. Funding for Institutional Employment positions come from the school itself rather than the federal government. Application procedures are the same as for Work Study.

Scholarship FAQs

How do I apply for scholarships?
Check out the listing of scholarships at EWC.  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.

How do I apply for my Hathaway Scholarship?
The Hathaway Scholarship is a state-funded program providing merit an need-based assistance to qualified students. The scholarships are available to Wyoming high school graduates and can be used to reduce the cost of higher education in Wyoming. The Hathaway Scholarship’s purpose is to encourage college preparation in high school and reward students for their academic performance.

Students must apply for admission at the Wyoming college they plan to attend, and submit a Hathaway Scholarship Application within two years of graduating from high school. For more Hathaway info, click here.

Do students receive the same amount of aid every year?
Not necessarily. You must reapply because eligibility is re-evaluated annually. Based on your most current financial information, the actual aid award may change. Federal aid will remain about the same if your family financial situation remains about the same; the number of family members in the household and in college remains the same; your application meets the deadline dates; and you are making satisfactory academic progress. Scholarships may be renewable if you meet eligibility requirements, but you must complete a Continuing Student Scholarship Application to be considered. Refer to the directions and criteria for each scholarship to which you are applying.

How do I apply for financial aid in the summer?
Students wishing to apply for scholarship aid during a summer term must complete a Summer Aid Application.

I’m thinking about applying to be a Resident Assistant (RA). If I am selected, what will the impact be on my financial aid?
Resident Assistants receive a remission for room and board, which is applied directly to your account. See Residence Life for more housing information. This can significantly reduce your educational costs and reduce your potential loan debt.

I found a company who will guarantee me a scholarship for a fee. Should I apply?
No. Beware of any company, no matter how reputable sounding, that wants to charge you to find scholarships for you. Be cautious about anything that wants you to pay a fee, has a residential or box number address, is unsolicited, or has hype or pressure to participate. Always check for guarantees and check with the Better Business Bureau, Federal Trade Commission or the U.S. Department of Education to research the company’s background. Follow your own ethical principles and follow the general rule that if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Don’t get scammed.

Free information and assistance is available to you through the Financial Aid Office. Always check with us first before getting involved in anything that could cost you money you could be applying to your educational costs. Click here for other scholarship scam tips: www.finaid.org/scholarships/scams.phtml.

Are there other ways I can get funding other than through the FAFSA or scholarships?
Yes. Commonly used resources in our area are Workforce Development, Vocational Rehabilitation, or the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Also, check with your employer or your parents’ employers, civic and religious groups and local agencies to see if they have scholarships available.

I received an outside scholarship. Should I report it to the financial aid office?
Yes. If you are receiving any kind of financial aid from EWC, government sources, or any outside organization, you must report the additional aid to the Financial Aid Office. Your federal awards may need to be adjusted because of these supplementary funds, but this can be beneficial in reducing your loan burden.

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