A Promise from the President:
Student and parents are sometimes scared away from small, liberal arts colleges because they think they can’t afford the education. It’s different at Wyoming Catholic College. We are committed on principle to providing an affordable education to each student.
As the father of six children, I deeply respect the sacrifices of parents to educate their children in the Christian Faith. Our primary work is to perfect this education in each student, not just during their four years here, but also in their future lives and vocations. Students will emerge from college with a unique experience in the Great Books and in God’s creation—but they will not be crippled by debt.
Through the generosity of our donors, we can provide an education to our students that costs
them much less than the actual operating cost per student. Their generosity allows us to give financial aid to any student who has a demonstrated financial need. However, we have a fiduciary responsibility to students and alumni to ensure that each family is contributing as much as they are able. Read on to learn how we design our Financial Packages.
Each Wyoming Catholic College student and his or her parents should contribute the maximum amount possible toward the cost of the student’s college education. This includes the student’s summer contribution and student savings, and the parent contribution.
Unless special circumstances exist, students are expected to accept a full work-study position before any additional need-based aid will be awarded.
Work-study positions, which make a genuine contribution to the common good of the entire college community, are available in areas such as food service, maintenance and groundskeeping, library, and administrative and faculty offices. The usual number of hours required of a student on work-study is ten hours per week for 30 weeks. For this work, a maximum of $3,300 per year is credited against room and board. It is the student’s responsibility to work the required hours and to meet the work-study amount credited as financial aid.
Work-study wages are taxable income to the student. If a student chooses to withhold federal/state taxes from his or her wages, it may result in a shortfall in work-study compensation. A W-2 form will be provided to the student no later than February 28th each year. Please be aware that the student may incur a tax liability at the end of the calendar year. A student who has accepted aid in the form of work-study agrees to accept the work assignment given and to abide by the work schedule assigned. The work that students are assigned does not interfere with class times.
A student’s failure to complete the weekly hours or to do the work adequately may result in disciplinary action, up to and including the loss of work-study financial aid. The student is responsible for repaying to the College any shortfall in the work-study credit amount provided in the financial package.
At the discretion of the Work-Study Committee, upperclassmen who meet established criteria are permitted to work off-campus in lieu of work-study positions on campus.
Student loans are available through Discover Bank and Citizens Bank. If a student isn’t able to get approved for a loan, he or she must find a co-signer. The co-signer can be a parent, sibling, grandparent, other relative, coach, pastor, etc. To ensure that students aren’t burdened by debt when they graduate, we try to limit the total amount of loans over four years to one year’s cost of attendance. You must apply for your loan before classes begin in August.
We encourage each student to apply for outside scholarships. Any scholarships awarded after his or her application has been processed will be shared pro rata based on the details of the student’s financial aid package.
Merit Based Awards will be included in the Aid Package.
To meet the remaining financial need, the College may provide WCC grants.
These grants do not need to be repaid and are provided by generous benefactors.
All student payments, including those from loans, are due by the respective student check-in dates for the fall semester. Parent payments from outside loans are due on the same dates.
For the balance of cash payments from parents, one of the following payment plans may be selected:
Plan 1: Single-Payment Plan. Parents whose enrolled child is not receiving financial aid from the College and who pay for both semesters by June 30th will receive a discount of $500–$750. If the student is receiving financial aid from the College, parents may still choose Payment Plan 1, but no discounts will be given.
Plan 2: Two-Payment Plan. Parents whose enrolled child is not receiving financial aid from the College and who pay for each semester by June 30th and December 31st, respectively, will receive a discount of $300–$500. This discount is deducted from the second payment. If the student is receiving financial aid from the College, parents may still choose Payment Plan 2, but no discounts will be given.
Plan 3: Ten-Payment Plan. The total amount due is paid in ten equal monthly installments beginning on July 1st. This payment plan requires a $100 one-time processing fee to be paid with the first payment. The fee is waived if monthly tuition payments are made by automatic bill pay or ACH payments through your personal bank.
During the year, a student may be contacted by the Advancement Office and asked to write a letter of appreciation to the donor(s) who helped to make possible the financing of his or her education.