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 Study Abroad

A student’s enrollment in a program of study abroad approved for credit by the Registrar’s Office may be considered enrollment at Wheaton College for the purpose of applying for federal financial assistance. Foreign Language majors are also eligible for institutional funds when enrolling in a study abroad program during either the fall or spring semesters to fulfill the required term of study abroad.

Other undergraduate students are eligible for institutional funds during either the fall or spring semesters for participation in specific study aboard programs that have been approved by the Senior Administrative Cabinet. The listing of approved programs is available through the Financial Aid Office.

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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