Undergraduate Financial Aid

PennWest California offers you the best value for an excellent college education, along with many options for financial aid to help you manage your costs. PennWest California provides need-based aid to 74% of undergraduate students. We are ready to work with you to create a personalized financial aid package to meet your needs.

Financial aid is designed to reduce your cost to attend PennWest California, whether you are an undergraduate student living on campus, a commuter student or a Global Online undergraduate student.   

The Financial Aid Office can help you understand the types of financial aid that are available to undergraduate students, including:   

Our financial aid webpages provide a valuable introduction to PennWest California's financial aid process. For one-on-one help, contact the Financial Aid Office by email finaid-cal@pennwest.edu or by phone 724-938-4415. The office is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday - Friday.

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Apply for Financial Aid


To be considered for all types of financial aid, you must fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)Review PennWest California's step-by-step process. Complete and submit your FAFSA by March 1, PennWest California's priority processing deadline. PennWest California uses the FAFSA form to calculate your Expected Family Contribution and determine your financial need. 

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Important Resources for Undergraduates


At PennWest California, you can turn to expert help in our Financial Aid Office. Counselors will explain the available types of financial aid, how to apply for financial aid , and the awarding process. The Financial Aid Office also provides consumer information and a Financial Literacy Program to help you and your family make informed financial decisions.  

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Office of Student Accounts and Billing


The Office of Student Accounts  bills students for tuition, housing and fees. The Office of Student Accounts also provides information about the status of your account and answers questions about payment due dates, payment methods, payment plans, third-party billing, withdrawals, refunds and Perkins loan repayment. If you are awarded financial aid, the Office of Student Accounts is responsible for applying that financial aid amount to your bill.

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