Top 10 Student Questions

Q:  My financial aid has been applied to my bill. How do I pay my balance?
A:  Essentially there are 5 payment options: pay in full, enroll in the TuitionPay Plan, pay with a credit card via the One Time payment gateway, apply for an Alternative/Private loan, and/or apply for Federal Direct PLUS Loans.


Q:  When will my money get here?
A:  Grants - once the student is enrolled full time (12+ units) and has submitted all necessary documentation. Outside Scholarships - each scholarship is different. The student should contact the agency providing the scholarship for more information. Loans - each loan requires its own set of completed documents (see Loans). The student must submit all the necessary requirements before loan processing can begin.


Q:  Why do you need my tax return transcripts?
A:  Students are randomly selected by the Federal Processor to have their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) verified by the College. In order to verify your FAFSA, we must review certain financial documents (i.e. official tax return transcripts, W2s, dependent/ independent verification forms, etc). In most cases, students and parents may utilize the IRS data retrieval tool available through the FAFSA to send us the information electronically. To request a tax return transcript on-line please go to www.irs.gov.


Q:  What happens if I don't work all my work-study?
A:  Only the actual amount of work-study earned is applied to your tuition balance or to you. Unearned funds are not applied to your account or given to you and are not replaced by other forms of financial aid. You will be responsible for any balance on your account that this may cause. Unearned work study funding does not carry over into the next academic year.


Q:  What GPA do I need to maintain to keep my financial aid?
A:  Minimum of 2.0 GPA


Q:  What happens if I drop below 12 units?
A:  Your financial aid awards can be affected (possibly decreased or canceled).


Q:  Why did you take away my grant money?
A:  There are various possibilities, some examples are: Satisfactory Academic Progress issues, change in demonstrated financial need, study abroad, decrease in units, housing changes, switch-outs with other grant money, etc. Please feel free to contact the Office of Financial for specific information about your grant.


Q:  How do I get more scholarship money?
A:  Merit and talent scholarships are awarded upon admission to Whittier College. The amount typically remains the same each year. Outside scholarships are available through an array of agencies. Our Scholarship Search Engine sites are useful resources to help you find different scholarships. Also, local organizations, such as your church, your parents' company, your high school, and city councils sometimes provide outside scholarships.


Q:  My parents don't help me. Why am I considered dependent?
A:  Although your parents may not help you, you can still be considered dependent. To determine your dependency status go to the Federal Student Aid website.


Q:  Does my aid change if I change my housing status?
A:  Yes, there is a possibility that your aid can increase or decrease. Therefore, you must always notify us of any changes you make.

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