Paying for College

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For many prospective college students, financing a college education can seem like an impossible task. We understand that for many of our students, even an affordable WCCC education may seem out of reach. Through WCCC’s Financial Aid Office, we distribute approximately $21 million each year in aid – a combination of grants, loans and work-study programs. The college, in association with the WCCC Educational Foundation, awards more than $200,000 in scholarships each year, based on both need and merit.  Here are some ways to make your WCCC education possible.

Apply for Financial Aid

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Financial aid can give you the tools to turn your dream of a college education into reality. To see if you qualify for financial aid, you need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov. Some of the programs we have available for you are:

Grants – money you don’t have to pay back

Federal Pell Grants – $400 to $5,500 per year

Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) Grant – $200 to $2,400 per year

Veterans Benefits – amount varies based on the program; awarded by the Veterans Administration

Work Opportunities – work at WCCC and get a paycheck!

Federal College Work Study – awarded on the basis of need and funds available; students paid minimum wage

WCCC Work Study – determined by the WCCC Financial Aid Office; students paid minimum wage

Loans – money to be repaid with interest through the federal government

Federal Direct Loan

Parents Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS)

To learn more about any of these loan possibilities and how much you can borrow visit www.wccc.edu/financialaid

Apply for Scholarships

WCCC offers more than 200 scholarship opportunities for students and each year awards over $200,000. We encourage all students and parents to complete the FAFSA in order to be considered for these scholarship opportunities.

Here is a sampling of scholarships that might help you pay for college:

WCCC President’s Scholarship – graduate in the top 10% of your 2013 high school class and you’re eligible for full-tuition and fees/Westmoreland County grads or half tuition and fees/Fayette, Greene & Indiana county grads for 2 years

Trustees’ Meritorious – full-tuition for 2013 Westmoreland County high school graduates and half-tuition for Fayette, Greene & Indiana county graduates (2 per high school)

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Meritorious – awarded to African-American students based on academic history, community service and financial need

Program specific scholarships – Business, Career Technology, Criminal Justice, Culinary Arts/Hospitality, Dental programs, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Horticulture, Human Services, Math/Science, Machine Technology, Nursing, Office Technology, Paralegal, Police Training, Psychology/Humanities Transfer, Science and Visual Arts

Phi Theta Kappa Academic Excellence –  $500 per term

Delmar Foundation – up to $5,000 per academic year for students who reside in the Franklin Regional School District

Reschini Agency, Inc. – full-tuition award up to $2,500/term for family members of Reschini employees

Kiwanis of Greensburg – $1,000 for graduates of Greensburg Central, Greensburg Salem, Hempfield or Greater Latrobe high schools

American Legion Post 446 Honoring America’s Veterans – for veterans with a discharge other than dishonorable

WCCC Alumni Association Scholarship – $250/term for full- or part-time students with preference given to family members of WCCC alumni

Eberly Family Fund – $500/term for students attending WCCC-Fayette with preference given to Fayette County residents

Windy Ridge Retreat/Allegheny Power/Greene Center Scholarship – $500/term for students attending the WCCC Greene County Center enrolled in one of the following disciplines:  business, education, medical, sciences, information technology

Never Enough Boutique – $750/term awarded to women who need training to enter or re-enter the workforce

Hamill Career Technology – $750/term for career-technical school graduates enrolled in a SOAR program

Dr. Nancy I. Davis Scholarship – $250/term awarded to students enrolled full-time at the WCCC Greene County Center

Greater Rostraver Chamber of Commerce – for full-time students who reside in the Greater Rostraver area

Scott Brewer Early Child Care Club – helps to defray child care costs of children attending the WCCC Campus Children’s Center

New Alexandria Lions Club – $375/term with preference given to students to who reside in the New Alexandria Lions Club service area

Bridget McGrath Memorial – $500/term for full-time nursing students who work 20 hours per week

Susan “Abby” Belli Memorial – equipment costs for nontraditional students enrolled in the Dental Hygiene program

Latrobe Area Hospital Charitable Foundation – for students enrolled in the nursing program

Chef Richard Rosendale Scholarship – for full-time students enrolled in the Culinary Arts Apprenticeship or Non-apprenticeship programs

Jack Wagner Memorial Human Services Scholarship – $500 award for full- or part-time students with preference given to WCCC Human Service Club members

AFA Visual Arts Fund – for students enrolled in the Associate of Fine Arts degree program

Nemacolin Woodlands Resort – for students enrolled in the Nemacolin Woodlands program

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