Step #5 Award Letter
When your Financial Aid Award Letter for the upcoming year is ready to view, we’ll notify you. All communication from the Financial Aid Office will be done via mail to your address on file and/or to your WSCC email address. It is important to check your college email regularly for updates on your financial aid status.
What’s In the Award?
Your Financial Aid Award Letter will include the financial aid that you have been offered. We will typically begin generating Award Letters to applicants in December for the upcoming academic year. Award Letters will be sent out on an ongoing basis for the current academic year. Please review the information carefully and refer to the Award Letter Information Guide or Financial Aid Package Guide for details. For a copy of the Award Letter Guide for 2019/20 or the Financial Aid Package Guide for 2020/21 please go to wscc.edu/forms. Students may receive amended awards if scholarships or other aid become available after the initial Award Letter is generated.
Accepting and Finalizing Your Award
If you’ve been awarded the Pell Grant, you don’t need to do anything to accept these funds. However, if you’ve been awarded loans or a scholarship, you do need to complete a few additional steps to finalize these awards.
Washington State Community College encourages responsible student loan borrowing. Students who wish to use student loans will need to complete a student budget and the WSCC loan request form. To access the form, simply log into your MyWSCC account and you’ll find the form under the “Students” drop down menu on the left side of the screen.
To finalize your loans, first-time borrowers will also need to complete Entrance Counseling and a Master Promissory Note (MPN). To complete these requirements, visit studentloans.gov and use the same FSA ID as you did to sign your FAFSA. Remember, the Department of Education will not release funds to the school until the Entrance Counseling and MPN are completed.
Once a student withdraws, graduates, or drops below half time, he or she must also complete Exit Counseling for all Direct Loans at studentloans.gov. Review our Loan FAQs for more information on the loan process.
Students receiving WSCC Institutional Scholarships will receive a scholarship acceptance form with their scholarship notification. This form needs to be turned back into the Financial Aid Office to secure your scholarship award.