Financial AidConsumer Information | Webster University

Financial Aid Consumer Information

Statement of Ethical Principles and Code of Conduct

As a member of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA), Webster University's Financial Aid Office adheres to the NASFAA Statement of Ethical Principles and Code of Conduct for Institutional Financial Aid Professionals (click here).

Student Responsibilities

I understand the financial aid office reserves the right to review or modify my award in determination of my eligibility at any time due to changes in my status, inaccuracies in information in my records, or because of availability of funds. I understand that any form of aid offered through the college is made in good faith. Aid, however, may be canceled or reduced if funds become unavailable.

I understand that I must notify the financial aid office of any changes in my status with respect to the receipt of additional educational funding from other sources. This includes scholarships, tuition waivers, agency benefits and third-party payments. I must notify (in writing) the University Registrar or local campus official of any changes in name or address, enrollment status or major program of study. I understand these changes may result in an adjustment to my financial aid award.

I understand that I am required to be enrolled in an eligible degree, diploma, or certificate program offered by the college. I also understand I must be enrolled for a minimum number of credits required for the degree in order to receive financial aid funding. Financial aid may be reduced based on the number of credits for which I am enrolled. 

I understand that I must maintain satisfactory academic progress as defined in the financial aid Satisfactory Academic Progress policy.

I understand if I receive an overpayment of funds, withdraw, drop or stop attending class I may be subject to repayment of financial aid funds. A portion of the tuition refund will be returned to the appropriate financial aid fund or to the lender if funds were received through the Federal Stafford Loan programs. I understand I am responsible for reading and understanding the financial aid Policy on Return of Title IV Funds.

I also understand and agree that the college has the option of withholding grade reports and transcripts if any repayment remains unpaid.


Typically, student aid disbursements are credited to student accounts by the Business Office in the third week of each semester. Understand that in order for these funds to post to your account you must continue to meet all of the eligibility requirements (i.e.// enrolled for the number of credit hours required for your degree upon which your award was determined, maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress, etc.) Additionally, you may need to sign a Promissory Note before loan funds will be sent to the university. The Business Office will process, and make available to you, any subsequent credit balance on your account within 14 calendar days.

In the event that a student's application for financial aid is not completed prior to the start of the term, disbursements will be scheduled shortly after the date on which the Financial Aid Award letter is developed and mailed to the student. In this case the actual disbursement date may well be beyond the second or third week of the semester depending upon when the application for financial aid was completed.

Deferment of fees may be arranged with the Business Office for Stafford and PLUS loans that have been processed; however, students should arrive with sufficient funds to cover the cost of their books and personal expenses for the first 30 days of the semester.

When does payment begin?

  • For Subsidized Stafford Loans, repayment of principal and interest begins six months after you leave school or fall below half-time hours.
  • For Unsubsidized Stafford Loans, repayment of principal begins six months after you leave school or fall below half-time hours. Interest begins accruing immediately.
  • For PLUS Loans, repayment begins immediately after disbursement of funds. Parents must check with their lender to obtain information on repayment procedures.

Consortium Agreements

A financial aid consortium agreement is an arrangement between two schools that participate in the federal student aid programs. If a student enrolled at one of the schools wants to take classes at the other school, a consortium agreement is necessary to determine how that student's aid will be processed. The following definitions are important to understand regarding consortium agreements:

  • Home school: The school where the student is enrolled in a degree program.
  • Host school: The school where the student is taking part of his or her program requirements.

The home school typically processes aid and assumes responsibility for compliance with governing federal regulations. When the student aid funds arrive at the home school they are forwarded to the host school.

Webster University will participate in financial aid consortium agreements as the host school but two conditions must be met in order for us to participate as the home school. Those conditions are:

  1. The coursework is required for the student's degree program and there are no other substitutes.
  2. The coursework is not offered by Webster University.

Webster University students that wish to study at another eligible institution should submit a letter of appeal requesting a consortium agreement to their Financial Aid Counselor. This appeal should demonstrate that the conditions cited above have been satisfied. In the event that the conditions listed above cannot be met, students may wish to contact their Financial Aid Counselor for information on private loans that do not require school certification as an alternative to a consortium agreement.

Study Abroad

Students that wish to take coursework at an institution that does not participate in the federal student aid programs will need to work out arrangements with several offices to do so. Federal regulations require:

  • that the university establish a contractual relationship with the ineligible school
  • that the credits earned at the ineligible school or study abroad program must be acceptable toward graduation at the home school
  • that no more than 25% of the degree program can be taken at the ineligible school without written confirmation from the home school's accrediting agency that the arrangement meets its standards for contracting out educational services
  • that the student be enrolled at the home school
  • that the home school approve the program of study abroad for academic credit

Students that wish to study abroad at a school that is ineligible for federal student aid should plan for this well ahead of the term they wish to do so. Private loans that do not require school certification are another option to consider as a funding source for Study Abroad in the event that the requirements cited above cannot be fulfilled.

Important Financial Aid Updates for 2020–2021

Effective 10/1/2020, the loan fee for Direct Subsidized Loans and Direct Unsubsidized Loans is 1.057 percent and for Direct PLUS Loans will be 4.228 percent. This will be applied to any loan disbursement for which the first disbursement of the loan will be made on or after October 1, 2020 and before October 1, 2021. The date of the first disbursement is the determining factor of the loan fee amount, not the loan period.

The interest rates for the Federal Direct Loan Program for 2020 -2021 disbursed on or after July 1, 2020 and prior to June 30, 2021 are as follows:

  • Undergraduate Students
    • Direct Subsidized Loans – 2.75%
    • Direct Unsubsidized Loans – 2.75%
  • Graduate Students
    • Direct Unsubsidized Loans – 4.30%
    • Direct PLUS Loans – 5.30%
  • Parents Direct PLUS Loans – 5.30%