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Cost and Aid Updates for Fall 2020

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We are looking forward to welcoming students back to campus in person in August 2020. As we continue to monitor health and safety information as well as Illinois state directives, Student Financial Services has adjusted the financial aid timelines to allow maximum flexibility should the College need to shift plans before August. Pushing the timeline back allows us to provide you with the most accurate information about your financial aid award. 

The Student Financial Aid team is happy to help you with any questions or concerns. Our office hours are 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday. We are not accepting walk-in appointments but would be happy to schedule a virtual or in-person appointment with you. Please contact us at sfs@wheaton.edu or 630.752.5700. 


Wheaton College will be offering on-campus classes this fall. As we prepare for an on-campus fall semester, we recognize that not all students will be able to come to campus due to their own health concerns, such as an autoimmune deficiency. If you have an approved exception to take classes online and live at-home with your parents, this should be specified on the FAFSA, and your financial aid will be adjusted accordingly. Otherwise, all financial aid awards to date have been based on costs for on-campus classes with room and board charges. Please note that the tuition rate is the same for both on-campus and remote learning options. 

If you are unsure whether your financial aid award was based on living at home or on campus, please follow these instructions to verify.

The fall 2020 Student Financial Service billing and payment due dates have shifted to allow time to finalize plans for on-campus vs. online learning. The new schedule is below: 

  • June 1 - F1 Visa students pay 1/3 of 1st semester costs prior to receiving your I-20. The rest of the 1st semester payments will then be due on August 1st to match the start date of your health insurance at Wheaton College.
  • July 10 - New students should accept their financial aid awards. 
  • August 1 – Create an authorized user for each person who will need to view your account and make payments. Set-up direct deposit for any refunding of extra funds. 
  • August 10 - Fall term bills will be sent. All bills and statements will be in electronic form. 
  • September 9 – If you want to pay your bill in 4 installments throughout the fall semester, enroll in the Wheaton College Payment Plan by September 9 and the first installment payment will be drawn on September 10. 
  • September 10 – Due date for the fall term bill. 

 

"How-To" Guides

If you need assistance with any of the items above, we have created easy, step-by-step "how to" instructions. 

Financial aid awards are based on student costs, so awards differ if a student lives at home with a parent verses on-campus paying for room and board. As we prepare for an on-campus fall semester, we recognize that not all students will be able to come to campus due to their own health concerns, such as an autoimmune deficiency. For those with an approved exception to take classes online and live at-home with their parents, their financial aid will be adjusted based on their lower charges. Please note that the tuition rate is the same for both on campus and remote learning options. 

If you are unsure whether your financial aid award was based on living at home or on campus, please follow these instructions to verify.

The fall 2020 Student Financial Service billing and payment due dates have shifted to allow time to finalize plans for on-campus vs. online learning based on the five-stage plan issued by the governor of Illinois. The new schedule is below: 

  • July 10 - Financial aid awarding for continuing students begins. Students should accept their financial aid awards shortly after receiving their awards. 
  • August 1 – Create an authorized user for each person who will need to view your account and make payments. Set-up direct deposit for any refunding of extra funds. 
  • August 10 - Fall term bills will be sent. All bills and statements will be in electronic form.
  • September 9 – If you want to pay your bill in 4 installments throughout the fall semester, enroll in the Wheaton College Payment Plan by September 9 and the first installment payment will be drawn on September 10. 
  • September 10- Due date for the fall term bill. 

 

"How-To" Guides

If you need assistance with any of the items above, we have created easy, step-by-step "how to" instructions. 

The governor of Illinois has issued a five-stage plan, for reopening the state, which impacts the timing for the College to finalize its plans for our return to campus. Consequently, the fall 2020 Student Financial Services billing and payment due dates have shifted to allow time for maximum flexibility in decision-making regarding on-campus learning this fall. Please note that the tuition rate is the same for both on-campus and remote learning options. 

  • July 10 - Students should accept their financial aid awards.
  • August 1 – Set-up direct deposit for any refunding of extra funds. Create an authorized user for each person who will need to view your account and make payments. 
  • August 10 - Fall term bills will be sent. All bills and statements will be in electronic form. 
  • September 9 – If you want to pay your bill in 4 installments throughout the fall semester, enroll in the Wheaton College Payment Plan by September 9 and the first installment payment will be drawn on September 10. 
  • September 10- Due date for the fall term bill. 

 

"How-To" Guides

If you need assistance with any of the items above, we have created easy, step-by-step "how to" instructions. 

This video offers brief instructions on how to navigate Financial Aid, Billing, and Payments in the Wheaton Portal. 

 

Relief Fund Information

To address the pressing financial need of students due to the disruption of campus operations from coronavirus, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides emergency financial aid grants for schools to distribute to their students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (including technology needs).

Students coming to campus for Fall 2020 are encouraged to have laptops, headsets and an extra power adapter needed for the flexible learning environment due to coronavirus.  AIT has developed minimum specifications for a laptop on the AIT website, some of which you should be able to purchase for less than $500.  

Title IV Eligible Students

HEERF funds are available to assist Title IV eligible students who do not have this needed technology. Students must be enrolled in a degree seeking program and have completed a 2020-2021 FAFSA.

Complete the Wheaton College Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Student Grant Self-Certification of Technology Expenses.

This funding will come to you in the form of a grant that will be processed through your student account and will be directly refunded to you as a check after you begin your classes at Wheaton in the fall. The check will be mailed to your permanent mailing address on record at Wheaton College, so please confirm that the permanent mailing address showing in the Wheaton Portal is correct. If you currently have a balance due on your student account, the emergency grant will not be applied towards those charges.

F1 Visa Holders

Wheaton College funds may be available to assist non-Title IV eligible students, such as F1 Visa Holders who do not have the needed technology. Students must be enrolled in a degree seeking program.

Complete the Wheaton College SFS Hardship Relief Form for Technology Expenses.

F-1 visa students who do not have a laptop that meets the recommended AIT standards can apply for Hardship Relief funding to assist with these technology expenses.  If approved, funds from the Hardship Relief Program will be applied to your student account after you begin your classes at Wheaton in the fall.  Relief funds will be applied to your student account as a scholarship. If you currently have a balance due on your student account, the Hardship Relief Funds will be applied towards those charges. If Relief Funds cause a credit on your student account, you may complete an eRefund Request Form