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Financial Aid Frequently Asked Questions

Financial Aid Overview

The term "financial aid" covers the wide range of scholarships, grants, loans and work-study assistance offered to students to help lower their financial obligation while attending BW.

Sources of financial aid include federal and state government programs, BW itself and other offers from high schools, civic organizations, public agencies and private foundations.

Some types of aid are "need-based" with eligibility determined by an evaluation of family need. Other types of aid are "merit-based" and recognize academic or talent-related student achievements. There are also "offers of circumstance." Unlike merit or need-based aid, offers of circumstance are based on some common or shared characteristic or attribute such as being a resident of a particular city or a graduate of a certain high school.

General Information

The following information will help ensure you maintain your financial aid while enrolled at BW:

  • The Financial Aid Office uses your BW email address as a primary form of communication. Be sure to check this email address to stay up to date with any requests or notifications from the Financial Aid team.
  • The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required for receiving all federal and need-based assistance at BW, including but not limited to federal, state, and BW Grants. For more information on FAFSA eligibility please visit the federal student aid site.
  • You will need to file a FAFSA every year to receive a comprehensive financial aid offer letter.
  • Students must meet all posted deadlines.
  • Students must comply with all requests for information from the financial aid office (FAO), especially when necessitated by federal verification requirements.
  • Students must notify the One Stop in writing of any changes in enrollment or if they plan to move on or off campus. These changes may cause adjustments to your overall aid eligibility and a new offer letter (e.g. a student taking 6 hours is eligible for different aid than a student taking 12 hours).
  • Students must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP), as defined by the Federal Department of Education, and in keeping with BW requirements for good standing which is reviewed annually for financial aid purposes.

Students can check the status of their financial aid in My Records. View details.

Federal ID Code

BW's Federal ID Code: 003014

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