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Federal Selection Criteria|Student Financial Aid

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Student Financial Aid
Department 3335
1000 E University Ave
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: (307) 766-2116
Fax: (307) 766-3800
Email: finaid@uwyo.edu

How recipients are selected to receive a financial aid award varies from program to program. Below are listed the major considerations for each program. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required of all applicants seeking federal aid. Federal aid applicants must meet all federal aid requirements and provide requested documentation when asked to do so. For more detail, please use the links to other sources or contact a financial aid adviser in our office by phone at 307-766-2116 or by email at finaid@uwyo.edu.


Federal Aid

Upon receipt of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) data from the federal processor for an applicant, that person's information is included in a computerized need analysis and financial aid allocation process called "packaging." This process looks at the applicant's need, the applicant's qualifications (class level, residency status, etc.) and the remaining funding available for each program. The process then develops a "package" of financial aid containing a possible mixture of scholarships, grants, work-study allotment, and student loans.

A separate award package is created for those attending summer session once the Office of Student Financial Aid has received the Application for Summer Financial Aid.


Federal Pell Grants

Awarded to individuals with significant financial need, as reflected by the FAFSA data, who have not earned a first bachelor's degree. The amount of an individual's award is determined by a federal formula based on the individual's Expected Family Contribution. The minimum award is $400 and the maximum award never exceeds more than one half of the Cost of Attendance.


Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants

Awarded to Pell Grant recipients with the greatest need who have not earned a first bachelor's degree. Limited funds exist, so awards generally are restricted to applicants who apply by March 1 of any given year. To spread our limited funds broadly across the applicant pool, UW limits individual awards to $2000 or less per year even though the federal maximum is higher.


Federal Work-Study Allocation

Awarded to individuals with significant financial need, as reflected by the FAFSA data, whose need has not been met with grants and scholarships. Limited funds exist, so awards generally are restricted to applicants who apply by March 1 of any given year. Junior, senior, and graduate students are generally awarded slightly larger allocations because they have developed more skills and are better able to balance work and study obligations. Awards are made first to first bachelor's degree candidates, then to graduate students, and last to second bachelor's degree students.


Federal Perkins Loans

Awarded to individuals with significant financial need, as reflected by the FAFSA data, whose need has not been met with grants and scholarships. Limited funds exist, so awards generally are restricted to applicants who apply by March 1 of any given year. Awards are made first to first bachelor's degree candidates, then to graduate and professional students, and last to second bachelor's degree students. To spread our limited funds broadly across the applicant pool, UW limits individual awards even though the federal maximum may be higher.


Federal Direct Loans (Subsidized)

Awarded to individuals who have financial need, as reflected by the FAFSA data, and who submit an application to borrow.


Federal Direct Loans (Unsubsidized)

Awarded to individuals regardless of financial status who submit a FAFSA.

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