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Affordability is a large consideration when selecting a college. However, a high-quality education and opportunities for personal growth such as Willamette offers are equally important considerations. As the primary beneficiary of the investment in a college education, the student, and by extension the student's family, is expected to assume primary responsibility for financing educational expenses. Of course, many families cannot afford the entire cost of college. Financial aid, therefore, is designed to assist in bridging the gap between what the student can afford and what it will cost to attend Willamette. Although most financial aid is administered on the basis of financial need, there are also several merit-based programs available for which need is not a consideration.
Willamette University uses data collected from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to calculate the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) for each financial aid applicant and to determine eligibility for both government and University aid funds. The EFC is compared to the total annual costs at Willamette University, which include tuition, fees, room, board, and estimated amounts for books, personal, and travel expenses. For those students with an EFC less than Willamette's costs, financial need exists. If the EFC exceeds the student's annual educational expenses, the student is ineligible for need-based assistance.
The need analysis formula considers parental income and assets as well as such factors as size of the family, age of the parent(s), and the number of children attending college. Also considered are necessary family expenditures such as taxes and standard cost of living. The formula does not consider discretionary expenses, e.g., consumer indebtedness, in its calculation of parental contribution. In addition to the parent contribution, students are expected to contribute toward their college expenses from current income, savings, and any other personal resources such as trust funds.
The majority of University grants and scholarships are awarded to students with demonstrated need. Although need is an eligibility factor, these scholarships and grants are also awarded in recognition of academic achievement and leadership, based on the information students provide in their Applications for Admission. The FAFSA is the only application required to be considered for these awards.
Financial aid awards for entering students who have submitted all application and financial aid materials by published deadlines will be sent within one week of the letters of admission. Early Action awards, therefore, will be mailed no later than mid-January and awards for Regular Decision applicants will be mailed by April 15. Renewal awards for returning students will be mailed beginning June 1.
Financial aid is generally awarded as a package. That is, the student will receive both cash (grants and scholarships) and self-help (campus employment and student loans). Grants and scholarships do not have to be repaid. Campus employment consists of a part-time job for which students are paid monthly based on the hours worked. Student loans, of course, must be repaid.
To accept a financial aid award, a student must return a signed copy of the notice of award by the date indicated on the notice. Entering students must also submit the $200 Advance Deposit. An award is not considered accepted unless the student has also confirmed his/her attendance with the nonrefundable Advance Deposit. Early Action and Regular Decision admission candidates are expected to return both items by the National Candidate Reply Date of May 1 or within two weeks of receiving their admission and financial aid notifications, if either of these arrives after April 15.
There are a number of scholarship programs at Willamette for which financial need is not a consideration. Most of these are the result of generous gifts from alumni and friends of the University who have endowed scholarship funds to recognize students whose academic and extracurricular records suggest they will make the greatest contributions to the Willamette University community. In addition to the academic scholarships, Willamette University recognizes students who demonstrate outstanding talent in music, forensics, and theatre by providing merit awards in these performance areas.
Merit selections are made on a competitive basis. All applicants who complete their Applications for Admission by the published deadlines are given automatic consideration for these scholarships. No separate scholarship application is required for most Willamette academic scholarships. University Talent/Scholarship Awards in Forensics, Music and Theatre do require an audition or separate application. In order to recognize as many outstanding students as possible, applicants will be selected for only one Willamette academic scholarship. Students may receive both an academic award and a talent scholarship.
In order to receive need-based financial assistance (including institutional grants) each academic year, a student must submit the FAFSA by March 1 each year. Students who file their renewal FAFSAs late risk being placed on a wait list for financial aid and possibly losing some or all of their University grant or scholarship funds.
For students entering Willamette as freshmen, need-based Willamette University grants are available for 9 semesters, and merit-based scholarships are available for 8 semesters, as long as the student maintains full-time student status (minimum 3 credits each semester) and makes satisfactory academic progress as determined by the Academic Status Committee of the University. All academic merit-based scholarships have specific renewal criteria that are outlined in the initial written confirmation of the award sent to the student.
The amount of a student's merit-based scholarship award will be renewed annually as long as the appropriate GPA requirement is met. Need-based aid eligibility is re-evaluated annually, based on FAFSA data and other documentation as required by the Office of Financial Aid. The amount of Willamette University need-based grant aid may vary with changes in student and family income and assets. Assuming there are no significant changes in the family's financial situation, and assuming that the student meets the published application deadlines, the amount of need-based grant aid that a student receives should remain consistent each year. Renewal of all financial aid is also subject to standard requirements regarding minimum GPA and minimum number of credits completed annually to maintain eligibility. There are a limited number of endowed and restricted scholarships available to juniors and seniors based upon faculty recommendation and/or student application.
For students transferring to Willamette from another institution, the Office of Financial Aid will notify the student of the number of semesters of aid eligibility available once the Office of the Registrar has evaluated the credits which will transfer to Willamette.
Students placed on academic probation by the Academic Status Committee are ineligible for financial aid. Appeals to this policy will be reviewed by the Director of Financial Aid.
Federal and state awards are contingent upon the availability of governmental funding. Willamette University does not guarantee replacement of reduced governmental aid.
Eligibility for the following sources of financial aid is determined by a standardized analysis of the information submitted on the FAFSA.
The Pell Grant is awarded to students with the lowest Expected Family Contributions (EFCs).
This grant is awarded to students with exceptional financial need that is, students with the lowest EFCs who also receive Federal Pell Grants.
Students with financial need generally work an average of 10 hours per week and earn approximately $2,000 annually. Hourly wages vary and depend on the type of work the student is hired to do and the skills required for the job.
Students with financial need are automatically considered for this loan during the financial aid review process. Priority is given to students with exceptional need. The current interest rate is five percent. Interest and repayment are deferred until nine months after a student ceases to be enrolled at least half-time.
Stafford Loans are either subsidized or unsubsidized. A subsidized loan is awarded on the basis of financial need. The federal government pays all interest on the loan until the student enters repayment. An unsubsidized loan is not awarded on the basis of need. The student is charged interest from the time the loan is disbursed until it is paid in full. Repayment for the subsidized and unsubsidized Stafford Loans begins six months after the student is no longer enrolled at least half-time. Interest is variable.
The Oregon Student Assistance Commission administers state-funded and private awards for Oregon residents who will attend an Oregon college. Unless a student specifically requests otherwise, information for an Oregon resident contained in the FAFSA will automatically be sent to the Oregon Student Assistance Commission to be used in determining a student's eligibility for the following programs:
Awards are based strictly on family size, income, and the number of family members attending college.
The Oregon Student Assistance Commission also administers a number of awards funded by private donors. Though many of these awards have some restrictive eligibility requirements, most recognize primarily outstanding academic achievement. In addition to the FAFSA, students are required to submit a separate application to the Oregon Student Assistance Commission by March 1. Applications are available from high school counseling offices or by calling the Commission at 1-800-452-8807. Information may also be obtained by visiting their Web site at www.osac.state.or.us.
The following represent the primary merit-based awards and scholarships available from Willamette University for entering freshmen. No separate application is required unless stated otherwise.
Students with a minimum 3.8 g.p.a. in solid subjects and 1350 combined SAT or 30 ACT Composite scores will be considered. Past recipients have all demonstrated particularly strong records of leadership in their schools and communities. Awards are available for four years as long as the recipient maintains full-time student status and a 3.0 cumulative g.p.a. at Willamette.
Students with a minimum 3.7 g.p.a. in solid subjects and 1300 Combined SAT or 29 ACT Composite scores will be considered. Awards are available for four years as long as the recipient maintains full-time student status and a 3.0 cumulative g.p.a. at Willamette.
Selection of semifinalists in these programs is made by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation based on PSAT results from the Junior year in high school. Finalist status is determined by a committee of educators, selected by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, which reviews additional application credentials submitted by the semifinalists. Awards are available for four years as long as the recipient maintains full-time student status and a 3.0 cumulative g.p.a. at Willamette. (National Merit) or a 2.0 cumulative g.p.a. (National Hispanic and National Achievement).
One full-tuition scholarship for an entering first-year student with an exceptional record of serivce and leadership. A separate application and interview required. Renewable.
Named for a lifetime trustee and generous benefactor, Trustee Scholarships are awarded to those entering applicants judged to have the most significant potential for outstanding scholarship as students at Willamette and beyond. Grades and test scores are considered, but other evidence of intellectual curiosity are also important.
Various scholarship donors have contributed funds to recognize outstanding students from their particular regions and communities. Among these are the Hallie Ford Scholarships for students from Douglas County schools (including transfers from Umpqua Community College) this scholarship also includes an opportunity for summer employment in Douglas County; the Ancil Payne Scholarship for students from The Dalles (Oregon) High School; the Mel Goode Scholarship for students from South and West Albany (Oregon) High Schools; the Hazel Newhouse Scholarship for students from Gresham (Oregon) High School; the Robert F. Smith Scholarship for students from Harney County (Oregon); the Winterscheid Scholarship for students from the Greater Puget Sound area in Washington; and the Olympic Scholarship for graduates of Clallum or Jefferson County (Washington) high schools.
Any student who intends to participate in a performing ensemble at Willamette, regardless of intended major, may audition for a music award. These scholarships are renewable, based on continued ensemble participation.
Students who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in debate and forensics activities in high school are eligible for consideration. Students must plan to continue their participation in Willamette's forensics program. Awards are renewable. To apply, students must submit a letter of application listing all forensics experiences, years of participation and all awards, prizes and recognitions achieved. In addition, students must submit a written recommendation from their forensics coach.
Students must have demonstrated outstanding achievement in theatre activities during high school and must plan significant participation in Willamette's Theatre program. Awards are renewable. To apply, students must submit a letter of application describing their interest in Willamette's Theatre program and indicate which specialty (acting, directing, or design/technical) is of primary interest. The Department of Theatre also conducts on-campus auditions for these awards.
Through the generosity of various groups and friends, Willamette offers a number of scholarships, prizes, and awards for achievement in the different fields of college endeavor. These awards recognize scholarship as well as leadership and character and many provide funding for Willamette's need-based grant programs.
Below is a complete list of prizes, awards and scholarships available to Willamette University students in the College of Liberal Arts. Those for which entering students will be considered are marked with an asterisk (*).