When can I apply to Westchester Community College?
It’s beneficial to apply as early as possible, but applications are accepted through the end of the registration period (see last day of registration www.sunywcc.edu/academiccalendar). Please note that any applicant needing a placement survey/test MUST submit their application in sufficient time to be able to take the placement survey/test (please see placement survey info. below). Students can apply online at www.sunywcc.edu/apply.
What documents do I need to submit to apply to a degree or certificate program at Westchester Community College?
The application contains a checklist of all necessary items that are required to complete the admissions process.
If you have never taken a class at the college, you must:
- Apply online at www.sunywcc.edu/apply and pay the $50 application fee.
- Submit an official high school transcript or a GED with score report to the Admissions Office. High school transcripts should be emailed by the high school to: HSTranscript@sunywcc.edu For students who have not yet graduated from high school, the official transcript is required at the time of application. After graduating, you must also provide official proof of high school graduation to the Admissions Office (original diploma or final official high school transcript with date of graduation).
- If taking 6 or more credits, you must submit a Combined Immunization/Meningitis Form (available at www.sunywcc.edu/apply) (note that the Immunization part of the form only applies to students born after 1/1/57; the Meningitis of the form applies to all ages taking 6 or more credits). Please see www.sunywcc.edu/immunizations for information on how to submit your immunization records. Note that if you can’t access your immunization records, your doctor can complete the form with results of a titer (blood test) showing that you have had the required immunizations. Please note that if you submit your proof of immunizations on a form other than the College form referenced above, you will still need to sign the meningitis declination if you have not received that vaccine. You cannot register for more than 5 credits until your immunization/meningitis form has been submitted. COVID vaccination (or approved exemption) is also required if you will be taking in-person classes or coming onto campus – please see www.sunywcc.edu/immunizations for more info.
- If you enroll as a matriculated student or if you want to take any English or math course that you don’t otherwise have the prerequisite for, you must take the Westchester Community College Placement Surveys or be waived from the surveys by submitting appropriate documentation – see www.sunywcc.edu/testingcenter for waiver information.
Who must submit an application?
All students taking any credit course(s) (even if they are a visiting student) must submit an application.
Is there an application fee?
There is an application fee of $50 and it should be submitted with the application; a credit card payment of the application fee is required in order to submit the application online. Please note that veterans and their spouses are exempt from the application fee. They should complete the Veterans question on the online application to get the fee waiver.
What is the difference between a matriculated student and non-matriculated student? What do I need to become a matriculated student?
Matriculated - A matriculated student is one who has been formally admitted to the college, has registered in a curriculum or designated program and is pursuing courses toward a degree or certificate. A matriculated student may be full- or part-time, and may take day or evening courses depending on course offerings and personal preference.
In order to be matriculated at the college the student must meet the following conditions:
- Possess a local or Regent’s High School diploma (an IEP diploma is not acceptable as proof of high school graduation) OR possess a high school equivalency diploma (GED)
- Be formally admitted and pursuing courses leading to a degree or certificate.
Non-Matriculated- A non-matriculated student is one who submits an application and enrolls in classes without the intention of earning a degree or certificate. Please note, non-matriculated students are not eligible for financial aid.
I’m a non-matriculated student just taking a couple of classes. What do I need to do?
First, you must submit apply to the College online at www.sunywcc.edu/apply. If you’re taking 6 or more credits or taking an on-campus course, you’ll also need to submit your the appropriate proof of immunizations per the instructions at www.sunywcc.edu/immunizations . It’s not necessary to provide a high school transcript. After receiving your letter of acceptance with your user ID, you’ll be able to register on MyWCC. If the class you’re registering for has a prerequisite, you’ll also need to show that you have completed the prerequisite. Proof of the prerequisite (ie. unofficial college transcript and/or SAT/ACT scores as appropriate) can be emailed to email@example.com along with the student’s WCC Student ID number and a request to be registered in a specific class and section number.
Is it required to see a counselor in order to register for classes?
All first-time matriculated students must meet with a counselor for their initial registration. Returning students (whose GPA is 2.0 or above) and non-matriculated students can choose to meet with a counselor before registering, but it is not mandatory. Returning students with a GPA less than 2.0 are required to meet with a counselor.
All first-time transfer students must make sure their transfer credit evaluation is completed before meeting with a counselor.
Where/When can I receive counseling?
Accepted Students (those who have been accepted to the College and are ready to register) and continuing students may meet with an Academic Counselor virtually or in person (if they they meet covid vaccination reqs.) by signing in to www.sunywcc.edu/getadvised . Academic Counseling is also offered at the College’s extension sites on certain schedules- check with the site to confirm. Before signing in to speak with an academic counselor, accepted students must have either already completed both placement surveys or submitted appropriate waiver documentation if they were waived from taking the surveys. Students who have taken the placement surveys must wait 2 business days after taking the surveys to sign in to speak with an Academic Counselor. Prospective Students (students who are inquiring about the college) are encouraged to attend one of Admissions’ virtual information sessions or tours- information at www.sunywcc.edu/info
How do I transfer from another college into Westchester Community College?
If I am a transfer student, do I need to provide my high school transcript?
Yes, if you are enrolling as a matriculated student, you need to submit proof of high school graduation in the form of an official final high school transcript with date of graduation or original GED Diploma with scores. High school transcripts should be emailed by the high school to: HSTranscript@sunywcc.edu . The only matriculated students exempt from this requirement are those who completed a Bachelor’s Degree and submitted an official College transcript to the Registrar’s Office. If you are just taking some courses as a non-matriculated student, you do not have to submit proof of high school graduation.
Who needs to take the placement test?
All new matriculated students, except those that meet the waiver guidelines, must take the Placement surveys. All transfer students are required to take the Placement surveys unless proof is provided of completion of college-level math, reading, and writing courses with a grade of “C” or better from a regionally accredited college or university (or if other waiver guidelines are met). For more information about how to waive the placement surveys, please see http://www.sunywcc.edu/testingcenter. For information about placement testing requirements for other groups of students, including students applying into the Early Admit Program, 24-credit GED program, and others, please see www.sunywcc.edu/testingcenter
How can I find out information about the placement surveys?
Please see: www.sunywcc.edu/testingcenter
I graduated from high school in another country. What should I submit to show my proof of graduation?
The same as high school graduates from the U.S. – your official final high school transcript or your original high school diploma. If the language is not in English, you’ll need to submit an English translation as well.
How do I apply to the College as an F-1 international student?
For deadlines and more information on attending the College as an F-1 International Student, please visit the College website and select “Admissions -> International Students”. If you have any questions, you can contact the Office of International Students at (914)606-5660.
I don’t have a high school diploma or HSE Diploma/GED; can I enroll as a matriculated student at Westchester Community College?
Students without a high school diploma or HSE Diploma/GED may 1) first take their GED, and then, upon passing and earning their High School Equivalency (HSE) Diploma, apply to the College OR 2) may apply to Westchester Community College’s 24 Credit Hour GED program, which is offered in conjunction with the New York State Department of Education and is designed for students who want to earn their HSE Diploma/GED while concurrently earning college credits. Note that this program in itself does not grant the HSE Diploma/GED; after completing the 24 credits, students are eligible to apply for the HSE Diploma/GED from the New York State Department of Education.
To be eligible for the 24 Credit Hour GED program:
- You must be at least 17 years of age and not regularly enrolled in high school for a least one year prior to application or your high school class must have already graduated.
- You must currently be a resident of New York State, and have been for at least one month.
- You must submit an application to the Admissions Office
- You must take the appropriate Westchester Community College Placement Tests and meet the minimum scores for admission. Minimum Scores needed for eligibility are: Reading Comprehension – 233, Sentence Skills – 235, Arithmetic – 230
- Then contact an Admissions counselor for a final admission decision.
I’m still in high school. Can I take classes at Westchester Community College?
The Early Admit Student (EAS) program allows qualified high school seniors to take classes at Westchester Community College while concurrently completing high school classes. Once you have completed the placement test, your file will be reviewed and a decision will be made regarding your admission. The placement test must be completed in both Mathematics and English even if you have no plans to take classes in these subject areas. Applicants must:
- Successfully have completed the high school curriculum through the eleventh grade with a “B” (80 out of 100) or better.
- Submit a copy of the most recent transcript.
- Submit a letter of permission and recommendation from their high school principal or guidance counselor. The letter must state the recommended college courses.
- Submit an application to the Admissions Office
- Take the College placement tests and place in to College level courses.
Students who are accepted may choose from all the courses offered at the College as long as they meet established prerequisites.
The Early College Experience (ECE) program allows high school students to take Westchester Community College courses at their high school; classes are taught by qualified high school faculty. Students must meet all prerequisite requirements and courses follow Westchester Community College syllabi. Students also pay a discounted tuition; for more information, and a list of participating high schools, please see www.sunywcc.edu/ece
What are the dates for registration? The beginning and end dates of the semester?
For dates, please see www.sunywcc.edu/academiccalendar
Where can I access the course catalog and the current schedule of classes?
The Course Catalog is currently available online at http://catalog.sunywcc.edu The course catalog has information on all of the College’s degree and certificate programs; it also contains course descriptions and prerequisite requirements. The catalog is available online only; printed copies of the catalog are no longer published. To access the current schedule of classes on the College website, go to https://mywcc.sunywcc.edu and select ‘Class Search- Credit Classes’.
I studied at Westchester Community College in the past, but haven’t taken classes in a while. What do I need to do for readmission?
Returning students can generally register online at https://mywcc.sunywcc.edu if they have attended the College within the last 2 years. If it has been more than 2 years (but less than 7), students must have their account reactivated. In order to have your account reactivated, you can go to the Registrar’s Office or contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If a student has not taken classes for 7 years or more, he or she will need to submit a new application to the Admissions Office. Students who have been out more than 7 years will also need to submit proof of high school graduation again. They will not need to pay the application fee again.
What services are available online on the MyWCC student portal?
At https://mywcc.sunywcc.edu, you can manage all your school-related activities. You can add, drop, or swap classes, search for classes, view your class schedule, check course availability, check balances, pay bills, check financial aid status, print out receipts, and manage your personal information.
I don’t know my MyWCC logon information; how can I get help?
You can contact the MyWCC Student Helpdesk at MyWCCHelpdesk@sunywcc.edu or (914)606-5600.
If my GPA is less than 2.0, can I register on MyWCC?
Students who have a GPA less than 2.0 are will have a registration block on their record and will not be able to register online; they must speak with a counselor in order to have the block lifted and be able to register. To speak with a counselor, please go to www.sunywcc.edu/getadvised
I see holds listed on my MyWCC account. What do I do?
In order to see what particular hold is on your account, please check your MyWCC account. Click on the hold for a description of action required to remove the hold. Each hold will direct you to a particular office.
How do I find out what textbooks I need for class?
When you view your class schedule on your MyWCC account, click on the ‘Book Information’ link next to each class. You can also visit sunywcc.bncollege.com to find out what textbooks are required for your classes.
Can I audit a credit class?
A student who wishes to audit a credit course must formally register and receive permission from the instructor to receive the AUDIT grade. This permission must be obtained no later than the first day of class. Students who are permitted to audit a credit course are subject to payment of all tuition and fees. The audit grade shall be designated as “AU” (No Credit). There is a special rate for senior citizens – please see www.sunywcc.edu/senioraudit for more information.
What is considered full-time enrollment?
Enrolling for 12 or more credits is considered full-time, while anything less than 12 is considered part-time.
Can I register for a science lecture without the accompanying lab?
No. You must register for both. If you failed one part of the course, you must take both parts again to improve your grade.
Do I pay for zero-credit College preparatory courses (ie. Pre-Algebra, Beginning Algebra, Foundations of Reading) and will I earn a grade?
Basic Preparatory classes for Math and English are charged at the normal per credit tuition rate. They will appear on your record with a grade, but do not earn you any academic credits. They are considered in determining your status as a full time or part-time student.
What is the difference between official and unofficial transcripts?
Official transcripts are used to verify your grades to other institutions. These come with an official college seal to signify authenticity. Students are required to pay a fee for official transcripts (see below for fee info.). An unofficial transcript is simply a printout of all of a student’s grades at the College to date and can be printed from your MyWCC account.
How do I get a copy of my official Westchester Community College transcript?
Official transcripts can be requested online or through the mail. To request a transcript online, students can click on the ‘Transcripts Plus’ icon – this icon appears both at www.sunywcc.edu/transcripts AND on right-hand side of the main MyWCC page. A student ID number or social security number is required. To request an official transcript by mail, you can either print the request form located on our website (visit www.sunywcc.edu/transcripts), or you can send the Registrar’s Office a letter with your name, Student ID number, dates of attendance, complete addresses where to mail each transcript, and complete payment for your order. Checks and money orders are the only forms of payment accepted through the mail. If students have questions about an outgoing WCC transcript or transcript order placed for their WCC transcript, please email email@example.com
What is the fee for an official transcript?
The fee is $10 per transcript.
If I’ve been out of school for a few years and don’t have a MyWCC account; how can I access my unofficial transcript?
You can email the Registrar’s Office at firstname.lastname@example.org and request that one be sent to you.
How can I get an official letter stating I’m officially registered at the College?
Enrollment verification letters are now available online through the National Student Clearinghouse. The student should log on to his/her MyWCC account and click on ‘Student Self-Service Center’. On the ‘Academic Records’ tile, select ‘Enrollment Verification’ to access the National Student Clearinghouse’s website.
How would an employer/ agency be allowed to verify my record from the College?
If there are any employer/background checking agencies that need to verify your degree/ enrollment here, students would first need to either fax or mail a signed release to the Registrar’s Office.
What is the refund policy?
The refund policy is available on the College website- go to www.sunywcc.edu/refunds
How do I get a refund?
If it is within the time period allowed for that particular semester (see refund policy above), you can drop the class on your MyWCC account. If you paid by credit card on your MyWCC account, the money will be credited back to your card. If you paid in-person with cash or check, the refund will be by check and will be mailed to you. If you paid in-person by credit card, you will receive your refund by check. It is no longer necessary to fill out a paper refund request form.
How long does it take for me to receive my refund?
Refunds to a credit card used on MyWCC are processed immediately. Check refunds can take from 4-6 weeks to Refunds to a credit card are processed at the end of the add/drop period for that semester (until that point, students can register for classes and the money they are owed will be credited toward the new classes). Students who would like their refund processed before this point can email a request to Bursar@sunywcc.edu after they drop the class(es) and the Bursar’s Office will process sooner. Check or cash refunds can take from 4-6 weeks to be mailed to you.
If I feel I have some extenuating circumstance; how do I petition for more of a refund than I might have originally qualified for?
You would need to follow the instructions at www.sunywcc.edu/refunds All requests need to be in writing, and can now be submitted online—verbal petitions cannot be accepted.
How do I withdraw from classes?
You can withdraw from a class on your MyWCC portal account. When you drop a class during a week when you can still get a full or partial refund, no grade is assigned. Starting on the 4th week on the Fall & Spring semester and 2nd week in Summer semesters, and through the middle of the semester (see www.sunywcc.edu/academiccalendar for exact date), you can drop a class on your MyWCC account without academic penalty and will automatically receive a grade of ‘W’ on your transcript.
How can I access my grades?
Grades are available online on your MyWCC account; they are not mailed out. On your MyWCC account, click on the ‘Student Center’ link located near the top of the page, in the middle. Click on the Academic Records’ tile and select ‘View Grades’ to select the appropriate term.
How can I change my address in my school records?
If your move does not involved a more into or out of Westchester County, you can change your address directly in your MyWCC account by selecting your address and then selecting “edit”. Alternately, you could send a letter with your name, student ID number, and current address to the Registrar or come into the Registrar’s Office and fill out the proper form. Please note that if you are moving into or out of Westchester County, you must bring documentation to the Bursar’s Office in order to change your address. All students on an F-1 Visa must contact the Office of International Students at (914)606-5660 in order to change their address.
How do I change my name in my school records?
You need to either bring in or mail a copy of your marriage/divorce certificate or other court documentation to the Registrar’s Office.
How do I change/correct my social security number in my school records?
You need to either bring in or mail a copy of your Social Security card to the Registrar’s Office.
How do I change my curriculum/major?
Students can either contact a counselor or the curriculum chair of the major they want to change into. The Change of Major form must be filled out and signed. The form must then be presented to the Registrar’s Office so the change can be made on the student’s record.
How do I apply for graduation?
You can apply online on your MyWCC account. After logging in to your MyWCC account, go to ‘Student Self-Service Center’ and click on the ‘Academic Records’ tile to select ‘Apply for graduation’.
Once I graduate, will my diploma be mailed to me?
Yes, diplomas are now mailed to graduates. They are sent to the address on file on each student’s MyWCC account. They are usually mailed out at least 2 months after graduation.
When is the deadline to apply for graduation?
In general, the deadline for a December graduation is in November, for a May graduation is in March, and for an August graduation is in July. Please visit www.sunywcc.edu/graduation or contact Registrar@sunywcc.edu for exact deadlines.
I am participating in the May graduation ceremony. How do I find out details about the ceremony?
How much is the tuition and fees?
On the College website, choose ‘Tuition and Fees’ under the ‘Admissions and Enrollment’ menu. The direct address is www.sunywcc.edu/tuition
How can I pay for my bill?
Westchester Community College accepts payment in the form of the following:
- ONLINE - Credit/Debit Card (MasterCard, Visa, or Discover - NO American Express)
If mailing payment, include your User ID or Student ID Number on the Memo line, and please send it to:
Westchester Community College
Attn: Bursar’s Office, Administration Bldg, Rm. 125
75 Grasslands Road Valhalla, NY 10595
- Money Order
- Financial Aid
- Veterans Education Benefits
How do I pay online?
You can pay online at on your MyWCC account. After logging on, go to ‘Student Self-Service Center’ and click on the ‘Financial Account’ tile to see the total charges due. Click on the ‘Make a Payment’ button and follow the prompts to pay. There is also a document entitled ‘How to Make Payment Online’ that explains the process and is available at www.sunywcc.edu/bursar
Is there a late registration fee?
Yes, there is a late registration fee of $25. Please see www.sunywcc.edu/academiccalendar for the exact date when late registration begins.
Is there an Add/Drop fee?
Starting on the date specified at www.sunywcc.edu/academiccalendar, students are charged a $5.00 add/drop fee each time a change is made to their schedule.
When will I have to pay my student bill?
Please see www.sunywcc.edu/bursar for exact payment due dates. If you do not pay your bill by 9 pm on the payment due date, your classes will be dropped for nonpayment. As of the first day of classes, if you register and don’t pay, you are responsible for charges.
What types of payment are accepted at MyWCC?
Credit cards - MasterCard, Visa or Discover.
If I pay with a credit card online through MYWCC, how long does it take for my payment to be posted?
Is there a payment plan?
Yes, there is a payment plan available for the Fall and Spring semesters – please see www.sunywcc.edu/bursar for details.
Where do I get a receipt?
In the ‘Student Self-Service Center’ section of your MyWCC account, under the Financial Account’ tile, choose ‘Invoice’. A receipt/letter for insurance purposes can be obtained from the Registrar’s Office.
I owe money from a previous semester; what should I do?
Outstanding balances from the Fall 2010 semester to the present can be paid online. For any outstanding balance PRIOR to Fall 2010, students must contact the Bursar’s Office. If you have a Bursar’s hold on your account due to an outstanding balance, you will be blocked from registering online. If you pay your outstanding balance online, and the block will be automatically lifted from your MyWCC account overnight. If you want it removed immediately after you pay, you can contact the Bursar’s office and they remove the block manually.
How do I know if I’m eligible for resident tuition?
Please see the following website: www.sunywcc.edu/residency
I need to change my resident status because I moved. What should I do?
You need to provide the Bursar’s Office with the appropriate documentation. If you moved into Westchester County, you’ll need to show a primary and secondary form of ID, each with your Westchester address. Both will need to be at least 6 months old. The primary ID should be a Driver’s License, and the secondary ID can be a utility statement, bank statement, or car insurance. If you’re moving into Westchester from another state, you’ll also need to show proof of residence in NY State for one year.
I need to change my resident status because I changed my immigration status. What should I do?
Am I eligible under New York State Law SB7784 for lower tuition?
Under New York State law, certain non-resident students, including ‘out-of-status’ students and undocumented students, are eligible for resident tuition if they fall into one of the following categories:
- They attended an approved New York State high school for at least two years, graduated from an approved New York State high school, and applied for attendance at SUNY or a community college within five years of receiving a New York State high school diploma, or
- They attended an approved New York State program for General Equivalency Diploma preparation, received a General Equivalency Diploma issued within New York State, and applied for attendance at SUNY or a community college within five years of receiving the GED.
If a student meets the above requirements, he/she must email the Bursar’s Office at Bursar@sunywcc.edu to request an affidavit. The affidavit must be signed and notarized and must be emailed back to the Bursar’s Office along with a copies of the student’s high school diploma and high school transcript OR a copy of the student’s high school equivalency diploma (HSE/GED).
Who qualifies for a tuition waiver?
Tuition waivers for both credit and non-credit courses are available for WCC full-time faculty, senior adjunct faculty, full-time staff, and half-time salaried staff as well as their for the children, spouses, and domestic partners. Tuition waivers for credit classes are also available to County employees. Note that the tuition waiver only covers tuition, not fees. For a tuition waiver form for college employees, please go to the Bursar’s Office. County employees should get their waiver forms from their union office, and bring it to the Bursar’s Office along with their County ID, payment for fees, and their certificate of residence (if applicable).
Do I need a certificate of residence?
If a student has lived in New York State for at least 1 year, but lives outside of Westchester County, then they will be required to submit a Certificate of Residence from their home county to the Bursar’s Office once a year for as long as they are a student at the college (provided that they are otherwise eligible for the resident tuition rate). If the Certificate of Residence is submitted for fall classes, it will cover fall, spring and summer. If it is submitted for spring classes, it will cover spring, summer, and fall. The Certificate of Residence application form can be found on the College’s website at: www.sunywcc.edu/bursar
Do I need a certificate of residence to register?
No. Certificates can be presented at the time of payment or faxed or emailed if the student wants to pay online.
If I need a new certificate of residence, but my county will not issue me a new one until my current one expires, which is after the payment due date. What should I do?
Residents of NYC whose current certificates have not yet expired should contact the Bursar’s Office, and they can complete a form to defer the difference and just pay the resident rate until they get a new certificate If they fail to submit their new certificate in a timely manner, they will be responsible for the difference in tuition. This only applies to NYC residents - residents of all other counties must present a valid certificate at time of payment.
Can I submit my certificate of residence by fax or email?
How do I apply for financial aid?
Go to www.sunywcc.edu/finaid and click on ‘When and How to Apply’.
I’ve applied for Financial Aid. How do I know when it’s been awarded? Do I need to do anything else?
You can check your award status on your MyWCC account – go to ‘Student Self-Service Center’ and select the ‘Financial Aid’ tile. Also, click on the ‘Tasks’ tile to check if any additional documents are required. Some applications are selected for verification; if yours is selected, your “TO DO LIST” will display a list of documents you must submit to the Financial Aid Office. These must be submitted before your aid can be awarded.
How long does it take for my Financial Aid to be awarded?
After you successfully submitted the FAFSA online, it takes about 3- 5 days for the College to receive the results. If you were not selected for verification, your admission process is completed (for new students), and you are also meeting satisfactory academic progress standards (for continuing students), your award should be ready in approximately 2-3 business days after the College receives the results. If you were selected for verification, your award should be ready in 4-6 weeks after you submit all of the requested documentation from your “To Do List” to the Financial Aid Office. NOTE that these time estimates may be longer during peak periods. The best way to ensure that your Financial Aid will be processed by the start of the semester is to apply EARLY!
When should I apply for Financial Aid?
Can I register for classes even if I haven’t filed for financial aid yet?
You can register, but be aware that payment (in some form) must be provided by the payment deadline, otherwise your classes will be deleted.
I won't be able to get my Financial Aid on time to pay for my tuition. If I pay with my own money, will I be reimbursed? How do I receive the refund?
Yes, if you qualify for the aid and remain eligible. You will receive only the amount for which you are eligible, once you attend classes and continue to meet pursuit and progress standards. Please note that state aid reimbursement – for TAP and APTS - takes at least a semester.Refund checks are processed in the Bursar’s Office; check the Refund Check schedule on https://mywcc.sunywcc.edu – all refund checks will be mailed out.
Can I use my financial aid to pay for books?
Yes. After your tuition is paid, if there is a balance on your federal Financial Aid, you may purchase books up to $800 during the fall and spring semesters during the first two weeks of the semester only. Note that if you ONLY received a TAP award, this money cannot be used to pay for books.
You will need to activate your Bookstore Account if you are planning on using your Financial Aid to pay for your class books. In your MyWCC account, go to ‘Student Self-Service Center’ and click on the ‘Financial Account’ tile. Select ‘Account Services’ and ‘View Student Permission’. Follow the prompts to set up your bookstore account.
Could my Financial Aid status be affected if I register for fewer credits than I indicated on my application or if I don’t attend one or more of my classes?
Are there any degree/certificate programs that are not eligible for Financial Aid?
All currently offered credit degree and certificate programs are eligible for financial aid. None of the noncredit programs are eligible for federal or state aid, though there are other types of aid available for some non-credit programs- please see www.sunywcc.edu/wdce for more information.
I am a high school graduate. Is it necessary to submit my high school transcript or GED to Admissions in order to apply for Financial Aid?
Yes, you must submit your official, final high school transcript or your original high school diploma or original GED with score report to the Admissions Office.
I don’t have a high school diploma or GED. Will I be eligible for aid?
Non high school graduates who meet the required ‘Ability to Benefit’ placement test scores and are admitted into the College’s 24-credit GED program are considered matriculated and are eligible to apply for federal and state financial aid if they are pursuing a qualifying major.
I applied to FAFSA, but didn’t put Westchester Community College on the application; what should I do?
You may call 1(800) 433-3243 or visit www.fafsa.ed.gov to add our federal school code (002881). Be sure to input your FSA ID number before submitting changes. Also, call 1(888) 697-4372, or visit www.hesc.ny.gov to add state school code (2160).
How do I apply for a student loan?
Go to www.sunywcc.edu/finaid and follow the appropriate link in the middle of the page.
How long will it take for my loan to be approved?
3-4 weeks. Once loan has been approved it will be automatically dispersed to the Bursar’s Office for payment. If loan covers tuition in full, you will not need to make any additional payments; if not, you’ll need to pay difference. Once award is processed and it shows an approved loan that is enough to cover your tuition, your classes will not be dropped.
Can I receive financial aid if I already have a Bachelor’s degree?
You’re not eligible to receive PELL grants, but you’re eligible to receive loans. You’re also eligible to receive TAP if your TAP allowance hasn’t been used up.
How can I find out information about completing a Loan Exit interview?
Go to www.sunywcc.edu/finaidand select ‘Loan Exit Interview Process’.
I’m a veteran and need to speak with someone; what should I do?
The College has a Veterans Resource Center, located in the Student Center. . Please email Veterans@sunywcc.edu