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COLLEGE PROFILE

Western Carolina University

Cullowhee, NC

TUITION AND EXPENSES

Cost of AttendanceIn-state: $16,656
Out-of-state: $26,253
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $6,096
Out-of-state: $15,693
Room and Board
$7,222
Books and Supplies
$758
Other Expenses
$2,580
Payment PlansCredit card, installment plan, external finance company

APPLYING FOR FINANCIAL AID

Financial Aid Office
E-mailfinaid@wcu.edu
Web SiteFinancial Aid Web Site
Net Price Calculator URL Net Price Calculator URL
Application Process
Application DeadlinePriority deadline March 15
Award NotificationOn a rolling basis beginning April 1
Methodology for Awarding
Institutional Aid
Federal Methodology
Forms RequiredCost to File
FAFSA
Code is 002981
Free
Institution's own form 

PROFILE OF 2012-13 FINANCIAL AID

Freshmen
Financial Aid Applicants1,365 (88.0%) of freshmen
Found to Have Financial Need1,040 (76.2%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid1,028 (98.8%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met148 (14.4%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met68%
Average Award$8,551
Need-Based Gift
Received by 1,005 (97.8%) of aid recipients, average amount $6,214
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 752 (73.2%) of aid recipients, average amount $3,386
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 32 (3.1%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift36 (2.3%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $3,071
All Undergraduates
Financial Aid Applicants5,641 (83.6%) of undergraduates
Found to Have Financial Need4,560 (67.5%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid4,476 (98.2%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met805 (18.0%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met71%
Average Award$9,207
Need-Based Gift
Received by 4,321 (96.5%) of aid recipients, average amount $6,181
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 3,482 (77.8%) of aid recipients, average amount $4,165
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 142 (3.2%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift202 (3.0%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $2,127
Borrowing
2012 Graduates Who
Took Out Loans
71%
Average Indebtedness of
2012 Graduates
$18,483
Parents Borrowing PLUS Loans 
Parents of Students
Receiving Aid
10.0%
Parents of Students Not
Receiving Aid
5.0%

FINANCIAL AID PROGRAMS

Loans
Federal LoansDirect subsidized Stafford loans, direct unsubsidized Stafford loans, direct PLUS loans, Federal Perkins loans
State Loans 
Other Loans 
Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based AvailableFederal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non-Need–Based AvailableAcademic scholarships, Creative arts/performance scholarships, Music/Drama scholarships, Athletic scholarships, State scholarships, Leadership scholarships
Non-Need Awards
Academic Interest/Achievement
Award Areas
Biological Sciences, Business, Communication, Education, English, Mathematics
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money
Awarded)
Biological Sciences, Business, Mathematics, Education, English, Communication
Creative Arts/Performance
Award Areas
Art/Fine Arts, Music, Theater/Drama
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money
Awarded)
Art/Fine Arts, Theater/Drama, Music
Special Achievements/Activities
Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money
Awarded)
Not reported
Special Characteristics
Award Areas
Ethnic Background, Handicapped Students, Local/State Students, Members of Minorities
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money
Awarded)
Ethnic Background, Members of Minorities, Local/State Students, Handicapped Students
Employment
Work-Study ProgramsFederal work study available
Average Earnings from
On-Campus Employment
$2,047
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CLASS OF 2018 Profile of Students on COLLEGEdata
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  GPA SAT ACT
UW W M CR W  
Average 3.13 3.52 508 522 502 22
Low 1.80 2.20 360 390 380 17
High 4.00 4.87 680 670 750 29
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Annual Survey of Colleges 2013, copyright © 2013 The College Board. All rights reserved.
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