Government Loans

Requesting a Loan


Step-By-Step Instructions
Step 1

Please review the online booklet, Your Federal Student Loans: Learn the Basics and Manage Your Debt, to learn about the difference between private and government student loans, how much to borrow, how to manage your debt and repay loans successfully, and the consequences of default.

Step 2

Complete the Westminster Financial Aid Application:

For Summer 2015 through till Spring 2016
2015-16 Financial Aid Application

Submit: Paper or PDF copy
Step 3

For US Citizens and Permanent Residents - Complete the "Free Application for Federal Student Aid" (FAFSA) available on-line.  Westminster's ID for reporting purposes is G03393.

Submit Form On-line



Step 4

Submit tax information (for U.S. citizens and permanent residents): 

  1. Electronically transfer your current year Federal Tax Return information to FAFSA, using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, OR
  2. Submit a Tax Return Transcript obtainable from the Internal Revenue Service's "Get Transcript" web-page. (An "Online" transcript is now available).

If you did not file taxes, complete:
Non-Tax Filer Worksheet, 15-16 (Summer 2015 onwards)

Note to tax-filers: if you file taxes online, it takes two (2) weeks for your information to be made available to FAFSA.  If you file taxes by mail, it takes four (4) to six (6) weeks for your information to be made available to FAFSA.  Please plan accordingly in advance so that your Tax Information and FAFSA are submitted by the scholarship deadline.



Submit On-line

Submit: Paper or PDF copy


Submit: Paper or PDF copy

Step 5

First-time borrowers through Westminster only:
Direct Unsubsidized Loan
: Complete the
Master Promissory Note for Direct Loans.

Graduate PLUS Loan borrowers: Complete the
Master Promissory Note for Graduate PLUS Loans
if you are seeking additional loan funds in excess of the total amount allowable from a Direct un-subsidized loan. (Do not complete the "Plus Request Process" on the website).

Submit Form On-line

Step 6

First-time borrowers through Westminster only: complete online loan Entrance Counseling (via

Submit On-line

Forms submitted as PDF or paper copies
(Westminster Loan Application, Tax Transcript (if taxes not transfered to FAFSA) and if a non-tax filer the "Non-Tax Filer Worksheet") should be submitted to the Financial Aid Office or emailed to

Forms submitted on-line (FAFSA and, if applicable, Master Promissory Note and Entrance Counseling) will be sent directly to the Financial Aid Office.

Due Dates: Forms submitted as paper copies should be submitted by the due date for the relevant term or semester as indicated on the Westminster Loan Application or here. Forms submitted on-line should be completed at least one week before the relevant due date to ensure timely receipt of that information by the Financial Aid Office.