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 test MUST apply to the College before the date of the last scheduled placement test. 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. 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). Immunization forms can be dropped off in the Nurse’s office in Student Center Room 181 or faxed to the Nurse at (914) 606-6423. 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.
- 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 Exam or be waived from the test by submitting appropriate documentation – see www.sunywcc.edu/testingcenter for waiver information.
- If you live in New York, but outside of Westchester County, you must submit a Certificate of Residence from your home county in order to pay the in-county tuition rate. See info. in Payment section below.
Who must submit an application?
All students taking any credit course(s) must submit an application.
Is there an application fee?
The application fee is $50.00 and is paid by credit card when submitting with the application online.
What is the difference between a matriculated student and non-matriculated student? What do I need to become a matriculated student?
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, a student must possess a local or Regent’s high school diploma* or GED and be formally admitted and pursuing courses leading to a degree or certificate. 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.
*An IEP diploma does not satisfy this high school diploma requirement; students with and IEP diploma must take the Westchester Community College placement test and meet certain minimum scores in order to be admitted as a matriculated student.
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, you’ll also need to submit your proof of 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 shown in-person in the Registrar’s Office or can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org 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 in the Counseling Office in the Student Center before registering; this can be done on a walk-in basis – appointments are not necessary.
All first-time transfer students whose transfer credit evaluation has not been completed should go to the Registrar’s Office, Administration Building, Rm 107 before meeting with a counselor. Transfer students whose transfer credit evaluation has been completed should see a counselor on a walk-in basis in the Student Center.
Where/When can I receive counseling?
Counseling for accepted and continuing students is done on a walk-in basis in the Counseling Office on the 2nd floor of the Student Center. Counselors are also available throughout the year on certain schedules at the Mt. Vernon, Yonkers, Ossining, and Peekskill extension sites; please call the specific site for hours of availability.
Prospective Students (students who are inquiring about the college) may attend one of the Admissions’ Office’s information sessions or campus tours. They may also make an appointment to speak with an Admissions Counselor in the Admissions Office during non-peak times of the year; during peak times, Admissions counselors see students on a walk-in basis only.
How do I transfer from another college into Westchester Community College?
Apply online at www.sunywcc.edu/apply, submit an Immunization/Meningitis form to the Nurse in the Student Health Office if taking 6 or more credits, and have an official transcript(s) sent from all previously attended institutions to the Registrar’s Office. The College’s Transfer Credit Evaluator will evaluate your transcript(s) to see whether you will be given credit for any past college coursework. Your Transfer evaluation credits will be posted on your student portal on MyWCC. The maximum number of credits that can be transferred in is half of the number of credits required for your degree or certificate program. If you can show proof of a grade of ‘C’ or better in College-level English or Math, you will be exempt from these parts of the placement test.
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 official proof of high school graduation. You will need to either have your official, final high school transcript sent to the Admissions Office (mailed or emailed by high school to HSTranscript@sunywcc.edu) or bring your original high school diploma or GED with score report to the Admissions Office. If you are a non-matriculated student, you do not have to submit a high school transcript or diploma.
Who needs to take the placement test?
All new matriculated students, except those that meet the waiver guidelines, must take the Placement Exam. In addition, all non-matriculated students who plan to register for any course requiring Math or English and who don’t otherwise meet the prerequisite requirements for the course must complete the Placement Exam. All transfer students are required to take the Placement Exam 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 test, please see http://www.sunywcc.edu/testingcenter. Non-high school graduates applying into the 24-credit GED Program and high school students applying to the Early Admit Program must also take the placement test; see below for more information regarding requirements for these two groups of applicants.
How can I find out information about the placement test?
FAQs, testing schedules, study guides, and sample questions are all available at 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.
How can I get a parking sticker and Student ID?
These items can be obtained through the Security Office in the Student Center. You must show proof of a paid tuition receipt for the semester – this receipt can be printed from your MyWCC account – go to Student Center and select ‘Invoice’.
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 – 55, Sentence Skills – 60, Arithmetic – 34
- Bring your score reports to 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 ‘Search for 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 email@example.com. Reactivation can also be done at the Mt. Vernon, Yonkers Cross County, Peekskill, Ossining, and Center for the Arts Extension sites.
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. Note: New, matriculated students must register with a counselor.
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. They can see a counselor on a walk-in basis in the Student Center.
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.
Where can I register in-person for credit classes?
If there are no counseling holds on your account, you can register in-person at the Registrar’s Office in Valhalla, or any of the hub Extension Sites (Mt. Vernon, Yonkers Cross County, Center for the Arts, Ossining, or Peekskill).
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 the campus bookstore or visit sunywcc.bncollege.com to find out what textbooks are required for your classes.
Can I audit a credit class?
Yes. You must register as usual and pay the regular tuition rate and then inform your professor at the first meeting of the class that you would like to audit the course. (Your professor will have to give you a final grade of “AU” for “Audit”.) 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 ordered online with a credit card at www.sunywcc.edu/transcripts They can also be requested either through the mail (request form at www.sunywcc.edu/transcripts, check or money order only) or in person at the Registrar’s Office. If you order online or in person, you can either choose to pick up your transcript the next business day or have it mailed out within 5 business days. Please note that you cannot get a transcript the same day you come in to order it—it takes one business day to process.
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 go to the Registrar’s Office and they will give you a copy or you can email the Registrar’s Office at firstname.lastname@example.org and request that one be sent to you.
Can I send someone else to pick up my transcript for me?
Yes, but only if you provide written authorization to the Registrar’s Office. The person picking up the transcripts will need to present photo ID.
Can the College send my transcripts by Express Mail/FedEx?
FedEx delivery is only available through the TranscriptsPlus online ordering service.
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 Center’. On the ‘other academics’ drop-down menu, 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 ‘Other Academic…’ drop-down menu and select ‘Grades’; process the request by clicking the double arrows in the blue circle next to the drop down menu. To view a different semester, click the green ‘Change Term’ button, select the semester you wish to see, and then press the green ‘Continue’ button.
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 meet with a counselor or the curriculum chair of the major they want to change to (which is recommended) or they can make the change directly in the Registrar’s section.
How do I apply for graduation?
You can apply online on your MyWCC account. After logging in to your MyWCC account, go to ‘Student Center’.
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?
You will receive information during the spring semester. You can also visit www.sunywcc.edu/graduationcontact the Student Involvement Office in the Student Center at (914) 606-6731.
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)
Students can pay in person at the Bursar’s Office, located in the Administration Building, Rm 125. They can also pay in Mt. Vernon, Cross County Yonkers, Center for the Arts, Peekskill, or Ossining. 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 Center’ and you will 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 on your MyWCC account.
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?
Once registered, 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?
A decision on offering payment plan is made on a semester-by-semester basis. When a payment plan is available, it can be accessed by through your MyWCC account – go to ‘Student Center’ and click on the link for ‘Payment Plan’ under the ‘Finances’ section. Exact terms and conditions of the payment plan can be found there. In general, your total amount due is divided into 3 equal payments and a $50 non-refundable payment plan fee is added to the first payment.
Where do I get a receipt?
In the ‘Student Center’ section of your MyWCC account, under the ‘Financials’ section, 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 go to 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 bring their original high school equivalency diploma (GED) with score sheet or original High School diploma in-person to the Bursar’s Office. Note that high school graduates must also have submitted their official high school transcript to the Admissions Office. Once verified, the student will be given an Affidavit that must be notarized and returned to the Bursar’s Office in order to qualify for the resident rate.
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 form can be found on the College’s website at: www.sunywcc.edu/regforms
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 go to the Bursar’s Office, and they can defer the difference and just pay the resident rate until they get a new certificate – this form and payment must be done in-person at the Bursar’s Office. 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 Center’, and then “View Financial Aid”. When it is processed, your award information will appear here. Also, check the right side of the screen under “TO DO LIST” 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 Center’ and select ‘View Permission’ from the drop-down menu in the ‘Finances’ section. 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?
Among the credit certificate programs, there are a few specific programs that are not eligible –they are indicated with an asterisk on the Admissions application. None of the noncredit programs are eligible.
Can I walk in at any time to see a Financial Aid counselor?
Normally, Financial Aid Counselors see students but appointment, but during peak period, walk-in hours are often available; please contact the Financial Aid Office for exact hours. Note that many situations do NOT require an appointment with a Financial Aid Counselor – these include checking whether your aid has been processed, turning in forms, and checking the status of your aid.
If my application is selected for verification and I have to submit proof of citizenship and/or tax information, can this information be faxed or submitted electronically to the Office of Student Financial Assistance?
Proof of citizenship cannot be faxed – originals must be brought to the Office of Student Financial Assistance. Most other document except Identity and Statement of Education Purpose - which must be signed at the office - may be faxed to (914) 606-7807, mailed, brought in-person or submitted electronically to the Office of Student Financial Assistance.
NOTE: Faxed or electronically submitted documents will be treated in the same manner as postal mail and processed in order of date received; they may take up to 1 to 2 weeks to process.
My application was selected for verification, and I faxed or mailed in the documents that were requested; how can I tell they’ve been received?
Check the to-do list on your MYWCC account – they will be marked “received” after they have been received, and “completed” after a counselor has reviewed them and set up your account to move forward with the award process. Allow 4-6 weeks for processing your aid.
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 to the Admissions Office or bring 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. Veterans can contact Joshua Gaccione at the Veterans Resource Center at 606-6156.