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PLACEMENT EXAMS—TO TAKE THEM OR NOT TO TAKE THEM?

We want your student to succeed. We, therefore, use placement exams to help determine the proficiencies of your student so we can enroll them in the most appropriate core math and English courses. While most students are required to take the exams, if your student has transferable college credit in math and/or English, he or she might not need to take them.

Use these quick reference guides to see if your student needs to take our math and writing placement exams:

Math placement guide

Writing placement guide

More information about our math and English placement exams can be found by visiting the following … » More …

FOR A SMOOTH FINANCIAL AID PROCESS, STUDENTS SHOULD CHECK EMAIL OFTEN

Over the next few months, please remind your student to check their email often. Email is the primary method of contact for WSU families about the financial aid process.

As always, Student Financial Services (SFS) staff is available for students and parents. If your student has questions or needs financial aid guidance, please have them contact SFS at financialaid@wsu.edu or 509-335-9711. The SFS website and social media pages on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter are great resources for the latest financial aid information, quick tips, and scholarship opportunities.

APPLY FOR WSU HOUSING

After your student submits their $200 advanced tuition deposit, or waiver request, to confirm their enrollment, they can apply for WSU Housing. Washington State University offers 21 different residence halls, and the campus location, floor plans, building features, and amenities differ for each hall. Please encourage your student to view our residence hall website to see pictures and virtual tours. Housing and dining costs vary depending on the residence hall and meal plan that students select. Students can compare costs with our online rate estimator.

When completing the housing application, your student will be expected to pay a $150 housing damage … » More …

SEND YOUR ADMITTED STUDENT TO ORIENTATION

All Washington State University students are required to attend an orientation session before enrolling in classes. At Alive! Orientation (11 sessions throughout June and July) students will receive academic advising, register for fall classes, and get better acquainted with campus services and facilities.

Students who register early are more likely to get into the session they prefer. The student cost of $240 includes housing, meals, and all materials during the program. There are additional per-person costs ranging from $140-$195 for each parent/guardian who would like to attend the Alive! Orientation as well. If a student has high financial need, they may defer the student … » More …

PARENT PLUS LOAN PROCESS

With financial aid awarding season underway, we understand there are many questions parents may have surrounding the Parent Plus Loan application process.

The Parent Plus Loan (PPL) is a form of financial aid which allows parents or stepparents (but not legal guardians or grandparents) to borrow up to the total annual cost of a student’s undergraduate education, minus any other aid the student may be receiving in the forms of grants, scholarships, waivers or other direct loans such as the Subsidized or Unsubsidized loans. Unlike other forms of aid, the PPL is not based on the family’s income or asset information but rather the parent’s … » More …

FUTURE COUGARS MAKE THEIR MARK ON WSU HISTORY

Congratulations to the parents and guardians of all of our admitted students for the incoming fall 2019 semester! Spring at WSU is a very exciting time—we host several campus visit events and get to see the energy, excitement, and personality that your students bring to our campus. This spring is especially lively with our confirmed future Cougs making their mark on the commemorative 2019–2020 WSU flag at these events!

If your student has confirmed admission to WSU and is registered to attend one of our spring visit events, the opportunity to sign the incoming class flag awaits! Students who confirm admission to WSU onsite … » More …

COUG MONEY MATTERS: AN INTRODUCTION TO FINANCIAL LITERACY

Besides time management, one of the toughest things to master are issues surrounding money and how to be in control of your finances. Financial literacy and wellness are important to our students and WSU has created Coug Money Matters to address these topics. The program is designed to help students be better stewards of their finances. From creating a spending plan to savings and goal setting to paying back student loans, Coug Money Matters provides resources to students. There are online tools as well as opportunities to learn from face-to-face sessions.

Coug Money Matters will be hosting a financial wellness fair on April 9 … » More …

WSU IS RANKED IN THE TOP 25 INSTITUTIONS FOR LGBTQ+ STUDENTS

Washington State University has once again ranked in the top 25 institutions for LGBTQ+ students! This honor has been bestowed upon WSU for a fourth year in a row. WSU has earned this ranking through continuous work on improving the campus policies to be more inclusive of LGBTQ+ individuals.

This is accomplished through the work of the Gender Identity/Expression and Sexual Orientation Resource Center (GIESORC). They provide ally trainings to teach students, staff, and faculty about needs and issues that the LGBTQ+ community faces on campus and in society. They have an amazing space on the fourth floor of the Compton Union Building for … » More …

STAY UP TO DATE ON WSU SOCIAL MEDIA

Its popularity and worldwide reach make social media a valuable communications tool. The primary purpose of our social media is for people to connect with WSU and with each other. Use social media to discover more about WSU.

You are invited to join the Parents of Future WSU Students 2019 Facebook Group. This is a great opportunity to connect with parents of incoming students, and ask your questions of WSU staff.

On the official WSU Pullman Facebook page, Twitter, and Instagram, you and your student can find the latest info about WSU and visit with Cougs from all around the world.

 

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