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Financial Aid Verification Policy

What is Verification?

As part of the financial aid application process, some students are selected for what is termed “verification”. This means that we are requesting additional information to verify the information provided on the FAFSA or on the institutional application / CSS Profile. Not all students will be asked for the same information. In addition, the need to verify is assessed each year, so a student may be selected one year but not another. Or, a student may be asked to submit the same information each year. Either way, the goal is to have an accurate assessment of a family’s financial situation. Finally, at any point in the award processing, if we find it necessary, we may require additional information. Read full policy... 

"Special Provision for Books and Supplies"

By the seventh day of a payment period,  upon request Pell Grant-eligible students may obtain books and supplies required for the payment period through a bookstore voucher if:

  1. Ten days before the beginning of the payment period, the student meets all the student eligibility requirements. (Note: A student who has not completed the verification process, has an unresolved “C” code on the SAR, or has unresolved conflicting information is not covered by this provision.) and
  2.  Disbursement of those funds would have created a credit balance in federal student aid funds.

The amount provided is the lesser of the presumed credit balance or the actual amount determined that the student needs to obtain the books and supplies.

Financial Aid Eligibility for Approved Off-Campus Study

A student’s enrollment in an Approved Off-Campus program may be considered enrollment at Wheaton College for the purpose of applying for federal and institutional financial assistance. Students make applicattion for Approved Off-Campus enrollment through the Center of Global and Experiential Learning (GEL). Approved Off-Campus enrollment will only be available for students enrolling in a program included on the list of approved programs, which is available through the GEL Office. Students selecting a non-approved program will have an inactive Wheaton  status and be required to file a returning student application for readmission through the Admissions Office.

Students granted Approved Off-Campus status are eligible for both federal and institutioinal grants, scholarships, and loans. Determination of institutional need-based grant award amounts are capped at on-campus award amounts. Wheaton College provides institutional scholarship and grant funding for these programs in an effort to increase study abroad participation by our students as part of our Strategic Priority to Globalize a Wheaton Education.

Federal Title IV Funds - Withdrawal Policy

Federal Title IV financial aid funds are awarded to a student under the assumption that the student will attend school for the entire period for which the assistance is awarded. When a student withdraws, the student may no longer be eligible for the full amount of Title IV funds that the student was originally scheduled to receive. Read full policy...

Student Agreement Form

The following information is important for all students. If you have any questions, please contact the Financial Aid Office

Appeal Procedure Explanation

The following information is for families considering appealing the determination of financial need.

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