Q: Where do I get a FAFSA?
A: The quickest way to apply is online using FAFSA on the Web at www.fafsa.gov. You may also go to www.FederalStudentAid.ed.gov and download a PDF version of the FAFSA or call 1-800-4-FED-AID to request a paper application.
Q: What is an EFC?
A: Your EFC (Expected Family Contribution) represents how much you/your family can afford to pay towards your education for the academic year. It is calculated from the information that is submitted on your FAFSA. This number is used to determine your eligibility for federal student aid.
Q: What if I did not code WSU on my original application for financial aid?
A: If you did not code WSU on your FAFSA and WSU does not appear on your SAR, call the Central Processing Center at (800) 4FED-AID (800-433-3243) and request that WSU (001950) be added to your FAFSA, or log back online at www.fafsa.gov and select "Add School," under the School Selection option.
Q: What if my application is rejected or I need to make corrections?
A: You must review your Student Aid Report (SAR) to correct this situation. Using your Personal Identification Number (PIN), review your SAR to make the necessary corrections and resubmit it to the Federal Processing Center. Any changes or corrections can be made on-line at www.fafsa.gov.
Q: I just received a Student Aid Report (SAR). What do I do with it?
A: After you apply for federal student financial aid, you’ll get your FAFSA results in an email report within a few days after your FAFSA has been processed or by mail within a few weeks. Your SAR is a summary of the financial and other information you reported on the FAFSA. Read the SAR and check it for accuracy. If there are no corrections, keep it for your records. If you need to make corrections, do so and submit the SAR online. Your SAR will contain your Expected Family Contribution (EFC), which is the number that is used to determine your eligibility for federal student aid, so it is important to review the SAR for accuracy.
A copy of your SAR containing your EFC score must be submitted with your Osher Scholar application.
Q: If I receive the Osher Reentry Scholarship for one semester, does it mean I automatically get it for the next semester?
A: As long as you are in good standing with the program and the university and are still pursuing your first bachelors degree you should be eligible for continued funding. See the sponsor for details.
Q: What are the eligibility requirements for the Osher Reentry Scholarship?
A: To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must:
• Be a fully admitted WSU student pursuing your first bachelor’s degree.
• Have experienced a cumulative gap in your education of at least five years (preference given to students aged 25-50).
• Demonstrate financial need (applicants must complete and file a FAFSA and submit a copy of the Student Aid Report (SAR) including the EFC score.
• Illustrate potential for academic success by maintaining at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA in all coursework for continued funding.
• Show academic promise and commitment to obtaining a degree.
Q: What is the deadline for mailing my application?
A: All application materials must be received by 5 p.m. on the following due dates for consideration. (Apply early for full consideration. A minimum of 20 scholarships will be offered for the academic year.)
|Fall priority deadline||July 1|
|Fall final deadline*||August 1|
|Spring deadline*||December 1|
*If funding remains available.
Q: What if I can’t get my materials in by the 5 p.m. deadline?
A: You should consider applying for the next available window with the understanding that scholarships are offered only if funding is available.
Q: Who should I contact if I have questions?
A: For questions regarding the Osher Reentry Scholarship you can fill out the Ask a Question form or contact:
Osher Scholarship Program
ATTN: Dr. Susan Norton
Wichita State University
1845 Fairmount, Box 208
Wichita, KS 67260-0208
T: (316) 978-8315
Q: If I already have a bachelor’s degree, but I am pursing another degree (bachelor's or masters) can I apply for this scholarship?
A: No. The Osher Reentry Scholarship is for those pursuing their first bachelors degree only.
Q: What do you mean by "cumulative gap" in your education?
A: Cumulative gap means if you have been out of school between high school and returning to college with a total of five years in gaps between coursework. This can be one gap of five years, or multiple gaps that add up to five or more years.
Q: I plan on only returning to school part-time. Can I apply?
A: Yes, as long as you meet the other eligibility requirements. Part-time scholars maintain between 6 and 11 credit hours per semester. Full -time enrollment is for 12 credit hours or more.