President’s Grant for Study Abroad
The President’s Grant for Study Abroad is designed for students who plan to study a foreign language overseas who can demonstrate significant academic preparation for their project. The grant offers awards of up to $5,000 per semester abroad and is primarily based on financial need; smaller grants are awarded for merit only. Click here for more information. The deadline to apply is April 15.
WMU Matching Scholarships
WMU is now a partner with Leaders Advancing and Helping Communities (LAHC) for The Arab American Scholarship Foundation Program. WMU will offer 10 undergraduate students and 10 graduate students a $2,000 matching scholarship for enrolling at WMU. WMU will offer up to $40,000 through this agreement.
The Arab American Scholarship Foundation Program provides a $1,000 scholarship so students will receive a total of $3,000 for enrolling at WMU. These scholarships begin in the fall 2016 semester.
Do I have to be of Arab descent to qualify?
No. This program is open to all students regardless of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation or military status. Apply for this scholarship by visiting lahc.org/scholarship-program/. The deadline to apply is April 6.
All students should complete their 2016-17 FAFSA online at fafsa.ed.gov. There is no cutoff deadline, but some funds are awarded until they are gone. March 1 is the priority deadline.
The Federal Perkins Loan Program Extension Act of 2015 temporarily extends the Federal Perkins Loan Program, which, prior to the extension, was under a phase-out plan that strictly limited the creation of new loans. Under this extension, participating institutions may continue to offer Federal Perkins Loans to eligible undergraduate students through Sept. 30, 2017, and to eligible graduate students through Sept. 30, 2016. The Act significantly alters the eligibility and disclosure criteria of the Perkins Loan Program, and WMU is awaiting additional guidance from the U.S. Department of Education, the National Association of College and University Business Offices (NACUBO) and the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA). For more information visit nacubo.org, nasfaa.org, or ifap.ed.gov.