Renewal Procedure

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Renewing Scholarships and Grants

To apply for financial aid renewal, you must complete the steps below no later than March 15 for the following academic year. Late applications will be considered as they are received; however returning students who submit applications after the deadline may receive reduced scholarship and/or grant awards.

Step 1: Complete the Free Application for Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

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 2: 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 3: Submit a Scholarship Renewal Letter to the Financial Aid Committee

If you received a scholarship or grant (with the exception of the WSC Need-Based Grant) you must request renewal through a one-page letter that includes the following information:

  • any past scholarships that you have received
  • current ecclesiastical affiliation
  • future vocational/ministerial plans
  • progress towards a degree
  • continuing need for financial support

Step 4: Submit All Financial Aid Documents to the Financial Aid Coordinator

Submit the FAFSA, WSC Application for Financial Aid, and any necessary scholarship letters or essays to the Financial Aid Coordinator by March 15.

Step 5: Financial Aid Review Process

The WSC Financial Aid Committee begins considering completed applications for aid after March 15 (returning students).

Award letters including amounts for each scholarship are provided to all students receiving aid within two weeks of the committee’s decision.

Step 6: 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.