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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.

 

MARCH TO THE BEAT – The Cougar Marching Band Is Not Just for Music Majors

The Cougar Marching Band (CMB) is gearing up for its new members with the application opening in February. For students who want to participate in music programs regardless of their major, participating in the CMB is a great opportunity. Students can continue to enjoy music and reap the benefits of being part of the band community at WSU. Most band members will tell you that being in band is like having an instant built in support system. Plus, music has been shown to provide many mental and emotional benefits, including increased self-discipline, stress relief and reduced anxiety, promoting teamwork, and improving memory. Music has … » More …

SEND YOUR ADMITTED STUDENT TO EXPERIENCE WSU

Experience WSU is a fabulous hands-on experience for admitted students to learn more about WSU and its many opportunities. Take a closer look at our academic programs and check out our unique residential campus life. You’ll go home knowing what makes the Cougar community so special.

Spring 2019 Experience WSU Dates:

Saturday, February 23
Saturday, March 23
Saturday, March 30
Saturday, April 6

Other campus visit events:

Future Cougars Embracing Diversity: Friday, March 8, and Saturday, March 9, 2019 (WA students only)
Future Cougars Of Distinction: Saturday, March 2, 2019 (by invitation only)

We can’t wait … » More …

INFORM YOUR STUDENT ABOUT IMPORTANT PRIORITY DATES AND DEADLINES

Help your student prepare for their WSU adventure, there are several tasks they need to complete by January 31.

January 31 is also the deadline for the WSU General Scholarship Application. This single application offers students the opportunity to apply for over 700 different scholarships at WSU. This application requires thoughtful responses, so advise your students to start now!
While the 2019–2020 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) can be completed any time throughout the year for aid consideration, WSU’s priority submission date is January 31. Meeting this priority date increases students’ likelihood of being awarded grants and work-study before funding is used up. … » More …

WSU WOMEN*S CENTER: STRENGTHENING COMMUNITY, ENVISIONING JUSTICE

WSU’s Women*s Center is a great resource for students to engage with the multi-dimensional experiences of women, to challenge patterns of injustice for people of all genders, and to enjoy a welcoming and inclusive space. They elevate all marginalized voices while prioritizing prerogatives to learn, organize, and support one another as peers and mentors. They foster a community dynamic both within and beyond the Women*s Center that is collaborative, creative, and inclusive. In addition to welcoming anyone of any gender and respecting everyone who walks in for who they are, the Center offers resources that range from food assistance to activity space to … » More …

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