How to Apply for Scholarships and Grants (U.S. Students)
Step 1: Complete the Application for Admission
Prospective students should complete the WSC Application for Admission where they should indicate that they are interested in applying for financial aid.
Admitted students who intend to apply for WSC financial aid will receive information by mail and/or email with directions for completing the financial aid application process. The WSC Application for Financial Aid for each academic year will be available no later than February 1 for the upcoming year. The application may be downloaded from the WSC website or can be mailed to you by request.
Step 2: Review Scholarship and Grant Opportunities and Financial Aid Calendar
Though financial aid is generally available up to the start date for each academic term, scholarships and grants are awarded on a priority basis beginning March 15 (returning students) and April 1 (new students) for the following academic year. Students are encouraged to apply before these dates to ensure that they will have the best opportunity to receive consideration for the various forms of aid offered by WSC.
Step 3: Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
New and returning students must complete the FAFSA each year.
The FAFSA is used to determine your financial need as part of the calculation for the WSC Need-based Grant as well as eligibility for Federal Student Loans. Westminster Seminary California’s school code is G22768.
Step 4: Complete the Westminster Seminary California Application for Financial Aid
You must submit the version of the WSC Application for Financial Aid that corresponds to the year for which you are applying for or renewing aid.
Applications for the next academic year are available in the Financial Aid Office or on the WSC website by February 1.
The application should be completed as accurately as possible given your circumstances at the time. Changes to your financial situation, including loss of employment or income by you or your spouse should be reported to the Financial Aid Coordinator as such changes occur. Likewise, if you receive outside financial assistance in the form of a third-party scholarship, church support, etc. after receiving an initial award from WSC you should notify the Financial Aid Office immediately. Initial need-based award calculations may change in order to distribute funds equitably to all students.
Step 5: Write Letters and Essays for Specific Scholarships
If you are applying for a scholarship that requires a letter, an additional application, or an essay, please submit these with your application for financial aid.
For more information on specific scholarship requirements, please see the descriptions on the Scholarship and Grants page.
Step 6: Submit All Financial Aid Documents to WSC
Send the WSC Application for Financial Aid and any required letters or essays for specific scholarships.
New students should submit these documents by April 1 for the upcoming fall semester or November 1 for the upcoming spring semester. If you are admitted after April 1 you should submit all financial aid documents as soon as possible following your admission to WSC.
Send all forms to the following address:
Westminster Seminary California
Attn: Financial Aid Coordinator
1725 Bear Valley Pkwy
Escondido, CA 92027
Step 7: Financial Aid Review Process
The WSC Financial Aid Committee begins considering completed applications for aid after March 15 (returning students) and April 1 (new students). Award letters including amounts for each scholarship are provided to all students receiving aid within two weeks of the committee’s decision.
Step 8: Acceptance of Financial Aid Awards
If you are awarded financial aid, you will have an opportunity to accept the financial aid award during a time period specified by the award letter (generally 2-4 weeks).
Financial Aid is normally awarded for one year and you must apply for renewal each year.