*Satisfactory Academic Progress is defined as successful completion of a minimum of 21 credit hours of college course work for each year of full-time attendance. Please see the Satisfactory Academic Progress information for more detailed information.
Westfield State University follows the U.S. Department of Education guidelines in administering its financial aid programs. Simply stated, the formula used to determine eligibility is:
Your Cost of Attendance is determined annually by the Financial Aid Office. Standard average expense budgets are used for each student based on where he or she will be living during the academic year.
The Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is determined by information supplied on your FAFSA and calculated according to guidelines established by the U.S. Department of Education. The following factors are considered:
The Appeal Process
If your family situation changes after your receive your financial aid package, you may formally appeal the decision. Appeals are handled throughout the academic year, beginning in late September.
Circumstances warranting an appeal may include, but are not limited to, the following: the loss of a job or other income; a death in the family; a family divorce or separation; and/or unusually high medical bills. All appeals are considered on an individual basis and with regard to funds availability. We believe that all of our students deserve the benefit of a first look before we begin appeals.
Institutional Philosophy on Athletics and Financial Aid
Twenty-one Westfield State University varsity teams for men and women compete in Division III of the NCAA, which emphasizes the educational impact that athletics programs have upon their participants, rather than satisfying the entertainment needs of the public. Since the determination of varsity status for any Division III team is independent of gate receipts or other revenue, no team is relegated to the category of a “minor sport”. And, in compliance with NCAA Division III regulations, a student’s athletic ability is not a factor is determining the financial aid award package.