Wayne State College

Applying for Aid


Admission Matriculation/Processing Fee
Every student applying for admission to Wayne State College for the first time shall pay an admission matriculation/processing fee. The fee shall be honored for one year from the term or semester for which the student is applying.

Alternative Loan
An unsecured education loan issued by private lenders to supplement federal student and parent education loan programs. These loans are not federally insured and usually have a variable interest rate with no interest cap.

Capital Improvement Fee
Funds are used to assist with deferred maintenance needs and future building improvements. This fee is required by and consistent throughout the Nebraska State College System.

The adding of unpaid interest to the principal balance of the loan. Interest is then charged on the new balance of the loan, including both unpaid principal balance and accrued interest.

College Event Fee
Funds are designated to support college-sponsored events.

A person who signs a loan promissory note with another borrower and assumes responsibility for the payments if the original borrower defaults.

Direct PLUS Loan
Direct PLUS (Parent Loans for Undergraduate Students) are federally guaranteed loans available to parents of undergraduate students to help finance the student’s education. Parents may borrow up to the full cost of their children’s education, less any other financial aid received.

Direct Stafford Loans
Federally guaranteed loans that come in two forms, subsidized and unsubsidized. Subsidized loans are based on need as determined by the FAFSA. Interest is paid by the federal government while the student is enrolled in school at least half-time and during the six-month grace period. Unsubsidized loans are not based on need. Interest begins to accrue once funds are disbursed. Loan limits are based on student’s grade level.

The release of loan funds from the lender to the school for delivery to the borrower.

Extended Campus Fee
Funds are used to offset costs of providing services to students taking classes off campus via face-to-face, interactive distance learning, online, CD/video, etc.

Facilities Fee
Funds are used to assist in paying the costs of operating and maintaining revenue bond supported campus facilities.

Federal Methodology
The need analysis formula used by the Department of Education to calculate the Expected Family Contribution (EFC).

Fixed Interest Rate
A constant rate that remains the same throughout the life of the loan.

Form 1098-T Tuition
IRS form related to the Hope and Lifetime Learning Tax.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
This application is the first step in the financial aid process. You use it to apply for all federal student financial aid, such as grants, loans and work study. Log onto studentaid.gov for completion.

Full-Time Students
Student enrolled in a minimum of 12 hours per semester at an undergraduate level or 9 hours per semester at a graduate level.

Grace Period
The set period of time immediately following graduation during which a borrower is not required to begin repaying his or her student loans.

A type of financial aid which a student does not have to repaid. Grants are need-based aid determined by the FAFSA.

A hold is placed on all student accounts that have not been paid in full by the payment due date. The hold will prevent students from registering, receiving transcripts, and diplomas.

Hope/Lifetime Tax Credit
These Credits may be available to you as reductions in your tax liability. Please contact the IRS or your tax advisor. Another source of information is IRS Publication 970. These credits are claimed on IRS Form 8863, “Education Tax Credits."

Late Payment Fee
If a student’s account is not paid by the sixth day of the term (second day of each summer term), signed up for the Nelnet Payment plan, or made acceptable arrangements to pay, a late fee of $100 will be added to the student’s account.

A type of financial aid which must be repaid, with interest. Loans may be need based or non-need based.

Nelnet Payment Plan
See Making a Payment.

Offer Package
A complete listing of a student’s financial aid issued by the school’s Financial Aid Office.

Payment Plan
See Making a Payment.

Payment Statement Credits
Per the IRS Form instructions, “You, or the person who may claim you as a dependent, may be able to take either the tuition and fees deduction or claim an education credit on Form 1040 or 1040A for the qualified tuition and related expenses that were actually paid.”

Personal Identification Number (PIN)
Your unique identification number. This number will allow you to sign your FAFSA electronically and later to check on the status of a processed FAFSA.

Promissory Note
A binding contractual agreement signed by the student promising to repay borrowed funds. The promissory note states the terms and conditions of the loan agreement.

When a student has a credit balance, a refund will be generated and returned to the student by check.

Student Activity Fee
Funds are designated for student activities, which are managed by student groups. The Student Senate distributes these funds annually.

Student Health Fee
Enables Wayne State College the opportunity to provide students with first aid and general health care assistance.

Student Record Fee
Funds are used to provide student transcripts when requested.

Interest on a subsidized loan is paid by the government while a student is in school, during the grace period and during deferment periods.

Technology Fee
Funds are used to maintain and upgrade the campus computer network system, including the equipment necessary for online course delivery.

Transfer Students
A student who has been out of high school for at least one full semester and has attended a post-secondary institution for credit prior to entering a second post-secondary institution.

A student enrolled in a bachelor's program.

Interest on an unsubsidized loan is NOT paid by the government. The student is responsible for all interest once the loan funds are disbursed even while the student is still in school.

The process by which a financial aid office verifies accuracy of data provided on a student’s FAFSA.

WildcatsOnline System
The online system unique to Wayne State College that allows a student to log on and register for classes, as well as access information on billing, financial aid, mid-term, and final grades.

A financial aid program based on “need” as determined by the FAFSA whereby eligible students can earn a portion of their college expenses.