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Office of Financial Aid

Corliss Cooper
Director of Financial Aid
Business & Finance

Federal Student Aid

Welcome to Financial Aid

Financial assistance is provided to students in an effort to assist them with funds needed to pay educational cost, which is the difference between the actual cost of attendance and what a student can afford to pay as determined by the family’s Student Aid Index (SAI) calculated by FAFSA. A financial aid package may consist of grants, loans, work-study, scholarships or a combination of these programs.

The mission of the Office of Financial Aid  is to enhance the overall mission of the university and to help students achieve their educational potential by providing appropriate financial resources. We will use our knowledge of institutional, state, and federal guidelines to manage the financial resources, to educate students and families, and to assist in removing financial barriers for those who wish to pursue a postsecondary education.


Federal Pell Grants

A federal Pell grant, unlike a loan, does not have to be repaid. Pell grants are awarded only to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor’s or professional degree. Pell grants are awarded to students who are eligible based on the results of the FAFSA and their Expected Family Contribution (EFC). The amount awarded will depend on their enrollment status as a full-time or part-time student. Effective with the 2012-2013 award year, the duration of a student’s eligibility to receive a federal Pell grant is 12 full-time semesters. The calculation of duration will include all years that the student previously received the federal Pell grant funding.

Supplemental Opportunity Educational Grant (SEOG)

The federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) program is for undergraduates with exceptional financial need. Pell Grant recipients with the lowest EFC will be considered first for an SEOG. Just like the federal Pell Grant, the SEOG does not have to be repaid. Funds for this program are limited.

Federal Loans

Federal Direct Subsidized Loan

The Federal Direct Subsidized Loan is awarded on the basis of a student’s financial need, classification status, number of hours enrolled, and other specific eligibility requirements. The federal government does not charge interest on these loans while borrowers are enrolled in school at least half-time, during a six-month grace period, or during authorized periods of deferment. Payments are not required while borrowers are enrolled in school at least half-time, during a six-month grace period, or during authorized periods of deferment. Students apply for this loan through the FAFSA. This loan is subject to an origination fee that is set by the U.S. Department of Education.

Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan

The Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan is not based on a student’s financial need, classification status, and number of hours enrolled but students must also meet specific eligibility requirements. Interest is charged throughout the life of the loan. The borrower may choose to pay the interest charged on the loan or allow the interest to be capitalized (added to the loan principal). Payments are not required while borrowers are enrolled in school at least half-time, during a six-month grace period, or during authorized periods of deferment. Students apply for this loan through the FAFSA. This loan is subject to an origination fee that is set by the U.S. Department of Education.

Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan

The Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan for an undergraduate student is not based on financial need and is limited to a parent borrower for a dependent student. A parent is currently defined as a person’s natural or adoptive mother or father, step-parent, or legal guardian. The annual limit is equal to the student’s cost of attendance, as defined by Wiley, minus any other financial aid the student is receiving. Parents are required to pass a credit check and meet eligibility requirements. Students apply for this loan through the FAFSA, as well as through an additional application. This loan is subject to an origination fee that is set by the U.S. Department of Education.

Sample Loan Repayment Schedule

Federal Work Study

The Federal College Work Study Program allows students, who show financial need, to earn money to assist with their educational expenses.

How to Apply

Students interested in CWSP should file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon after October 1 as possible each year, because this program has limited funding, and select that you are interested in work study. Please select yes for on the FAFSA if you would like CWSP.

Employment Opportunities

Employment through work study allows students the flexibility of participating in either on-campus employment or in a community service work site. There are several agencies participating in the community service aspect of the work study program. Many of these organizations are directly related to a student’s academic programs and offer students the opportunity to apply their skills and knowledge toward fulfilling societal needs within the community.

The Work Study Handbook provides full details about the program.

State of Texas Aid

Tuition Equalization Grant (TEG) Program

The purpose of the Tuition Equalization Grant is provide grant aid to students with financial need to enable them to attend private, non-profit colleges or universities in Texas. You can view all of the Eligibility Requirements on the College for all Texans website.

Institutional Scholarships

Wiley University offers numerous institutional and special scholarships. The University scholarship committee recommends the granting of scholarships.  The recommendations are made consistent with the established criteria. Scholarship awards may be restricted according to special purposes. Students needing additional assistance should contact the Office of Financial Aid.  The Financial Aid Office administers all aid programs.  Monitoring of the criteria for awards below will be done by the Office of the Provost.

Heman Sweatt Scholars

This four-year scholarship, limited to the published cost of room, board, tuition, and fees, is offered by selection to an entering freshman who meet the following criteria:

  • A grade point average (GPA) of 3.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale;

  • A commitment to Social Good and Leadership;

  • A successful essay submission and interview:

  • A current high school diploma with recorded outstanding achievement;

  • Priority consideration will be given to students who qualify for the Federal Pell Grant by February 1 through completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)*. Consideration may also be given to students who have demonstrated a strong likelihood to qualify for the Federal Pell Grant through a combination of other factors.

  • Students must be an undergraduate student pursuing a first degree.

To maintain this scholarship, the student must enroll in and pass fifteen (15) semester credit hours and maintain a minimum cumulative and semester grade point average of 3.50, complete a social good project each year, and attend trainings and experiences offered by the Heman Sweatt Center for Social Good and Leadership. All recipients are expected to abide by the legal, ethical and moral guidelines of Wiley University. Recipients must understand and accept that there is a consequence for misconduct, and that any actual or perceived impropriety behavior may result in cancellation of their scholarship.

President’s Promise

Wiley University students are offered the opportunity to receive a $2500 scholarship for attending the institution. Students must maintain a 2.5 g.p.a and remain in good conduct standing at the University. Scholarship restrictions apply.

Private Loans

Private loans are available to students who are not eligible for federal financial aid or who need additional funds to meet educational expenses; however, Federal Title IV funds may be more favorable than private loans.

Private loans are expensive and should only be borrowed when all other resources, such as Stafford or PLUS loans, have been exhausted. These loans do not offer the same benefits as Federal Financial Aid and are subject to higher interest rates because they are not guaranteed by the federal government. Since this type of loan is based on credit history, it may require a cosigner.

The Office of Financial Aid does not post or verbalize to students the names of private loan lenders. Students are encouraged to visit multiple lenders’ web pages to verify the interest rate, repayment options, fees charged, and borrower benefits. Our office does not endorse any lenders, receive any incentives, or have any arrangements or agreements with any lenders.


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