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Traditional Undergraduate

Concerned about the cost of college? You are not alone. At William Woods University, we're committed to offering a number of options to help you finance your education. Follow these steps and discover ways you can invest in your future by investing in your education.

$16,874 Average financial aid package offered to freshmen
100% of full-time students are offered financial aid
$2,000 tuition award + one free online summer course per year through the LEAD program. Awarded to every residential student to encourage campus involvement.

Initial Steps

If you are enrolling at WWU for the first time:

Step One — Complete your Application

Applying is fast, easy and free! Submit your application online, then send your transcripts ACT/SAT scores to William Woods University.

Step Two — WWU Scholarships and Awards

At William Woods University, every residential student who agrees to participate in campus events qualifies for the LEAD Award. Residential students receive a $2,000 tuition award plus one free online summer class per year. Commuter students receive $1,000 pear year in addition to the annual online summer course. We also offer academic, performance and athletic scholarships.

If you have any questions, contact your admissions counselors.

Annual Steps

Whether you’re brand new or can see that graduation stage right around the corner, complete these steps each year you are attending WWU.

Step One — Outside Scholarships and Awards

Many outside entities offer educational scholarships. You are encouraged to seek out as much outside scholarship opportunity as possible each academic year to reduce the out of pocket cost of your education.

Explore Private/Outside Scholarships

Step Two — Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Although filing the FAFSA is not a requirement, this one form opens the doors to federal, state, and WWU need-based grants, plus federal loans and federal work-study jobs.

The application must be completed annually in order to access funds and is available October 1st of each year. Renewable applicants must maintain a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA. Each FAFSA covers a single academic year. Students must be pursuing a degree or federally approved certificate in order to receive federal assistance. Traditional undergraduate students must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 hours per semester for federal student loan eligibility.

You may complete the application online at FAFSA

  • William Woods University's Federal School Code is 002525

Note: If your FAFSA is selected for verification by the Department of Education, you will be notified by the student financial services office for additional FAFSA Verification paperwork.

Step Three — Review Grants

If you have completed the FAFSA, WWU will automatically award all federal and state grants for which you are eligible. Additionally, any student eligible for the Missouri Bright Flight Program will also be automatically awarded based off the State’s list of awarded students.

Explore Federal and State Grants

Step Four — Explore Loans

By completing the FAFSA form, you will automatically be notified if you qualify for a Federal Direct loan used by the US Department of Education. However, there are other loan options to explore including private student loans, private loans for parents/others, or federal Parent PLUS loans.

Explore Loan Options

Step Five — Review and accept your award package via Financial Aid Portal

Once the Office of Student Financial Services receives notification of your WWU scholarships from Admissions and/or your FAFSA information, we will compile your entire financial aid package and make it available to review through the Financial Aid Portal.

If you are missing any documents necessary to process your federal aid, details will be available in the Financial Aid Portal.

Once your aid packaged is finalized, you will be asked to accept or decline the awards electronically. Once aid is accepted, all follow up documents submitted, and any additional requirements met, your aid will be reflected on your WWU billing account as anticipated funds.

Helpful Hints

Read all instructions on all applications carefully and answer all questions as accurately as possible. Keep a copy of all completed forms for your personal records. Different types of aid may have certain renewal requirements.  If you have any questions about your eligibility or to confirm any deadlines for processing, contact Student Financial Services.

Contact Student Financial Services