Financial Aid Newsletters

Welcome to Gateway to WU: Preparing for your College Financial Investment
Valerie Graham

At Wingate University we know investing in your education can feel overwhelming with the process sometimes confusing and intimidating. That’s why we have developed “Gateway to WU: Preparing for your College Financial Investment ” - an email series designed to help you fully understand the financial aid process at Wingate.

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Preparing for the Financial Aid Application Process
Valerie Graham

Although the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application doesn’t become available until October 1st, there are still some things you can do now to make the process easier when it's time to apply for aid!

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FAFSA tips and using IRS Data Retrieval
Valerie Graham

The 2019-2020 FAFSA is now available! You are now able to start completing your financial aid application. Below, you will find a checklist that will lay out all the steps you need to take to apply for need based aid at Wingate University. These tips and best practices will help make the process easier for you and your family.

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Types of Aid Available
Valerie Graham

There are 3 types of financial aid options available to college bound students: grants/scholarships, loans, and student work opportunities. This email will address each one as they relate to Wingate University.

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Finding Additional Scholarships
Valerie Graham

There are SO MANY outside scholarship opportunities available that are not affiliated with Wingate University or the federal government. These scholarships are considered private and often come from a variety of sources like community foundations, civic organizations, high schools, family foundations, ethnic and religious organizations, and businesses.

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How Financial Aid is Determined
Valerie Graham

You are automatically considered for a merit based scholarship when you apply to Wingate University. This scholarship is solely based on your GPA and ACT/SAT score. The scholarship that an admitted student receives ranges from $19,000-$26,000 annually for up to four years undergraduate.

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Anticipated Aid Report and Financial Aid Award Letter: What to expect
Valerie Graham

Wingate University notifies families on what to expect for your out-of pocket costs in two ways: 1) With an Anticipated Aid Report from the Office of Admissions and 2) a Financial Aid Award Letter from the Financial Planning Office.

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Understanding Cost of Attendance
Valerie Graham

The next few emails in our series will be helpful to have on hand as you begin comparing financial aid reports and award letters from different schools and start making decisions about how to finance your education. Today’s email explains a section you will see on all financial aid award letters: cost of attendance.

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Comparing Award Offers and Determining Unmet Cost
Valerie Graham

We know that comparing financial aid awards from multiple schools is an important part of the college decision process. Here are some things to keep in mind going through this process.

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Managing Unmet Cost
Valerie Graham

Now that you know what it will cost you to attend Wingate University, it’s time to come up with a plan to manage the cost. There are further options available to help you and your family fund this important investment.

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Work-Study and Student Employment Opportunities
Valerie Graham

There are many good reasons to work while attending Wingate University: you’ll minimize borrowing by earning money to help pay for college expenses, you’ll gain valuable skills and experience, and many studies show that working on campus while taking classes can actually improve your academic performance!

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Overview of Federal Student Loans
Valerie Graham

Education is one of the best long-term investments you can make in your future, borrowing is one way to fund that investment. With careful planning, a loan can be a smart decision for you and your family, as many educational loans have more favorable terms than consumer loans (such as car loans or credit cards). However, since all loans must be repaid, you should only borrow what you need, explore other financial aid options and earn as much as you can through employment.

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Overview of the Federal Parent PLUS loan
Valerie Graham

These loans (commonly referred to as PLUS loans or Parent PLUS loans) are fixed-interest, federal loans available to credit-worthy parents of dependent students. These loans are not included on initial award letters for Wingate students; however, if your parent borrows one, it will be added to your financial aid package.

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Overview of Private Loans
Valerie Graham

Commercial banks and credit unions also offer loans to help students pay for their education. These loans (commonly referred to as private or alternative loans) are quite different from federal student loans.

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Smart Borrowing and Planning for Four Years
Valerie Graham

Investing in a college education is one of the best investments a student can make. It can also be expensive and that is why it is important to create a financial plan. This email details ways to minimize student loan debt and other factors to consider when creating your four-year plan.
 

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Keeping Your Financial Aid
Valerie Graham

The aid listed on your financial aid packet is not necessarily guaranteed—there are certain requirements you must meet to receive your aid and maintain eligibility. It's important to understand both the institutional and federal policies that may impact your financial aid so there are no surprises down the road.
 

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