Tax documentation for parents is used solely to determine whether the student was claimed on the previous years federal income taxes. Tax documents are required for both dependent and independent applicants. Financial information is not needed on the parent's tax documentation. The residency office cannot access documents submitted for financial aid purposes.
Tax documentation is required for financially independent students who were not 25 years of age during the entire previous school year. Student tax returns are not required for dependent applicants.
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The Cougar Award is WSU's name for the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE). The award is automatically applied to eligible non-resident students and the amount is determined based on the student's GPA at admission. The amount remains constant for four years if the student meets eligibility requirements. More information about the terms and conditions of WSU's Cougar Awards. There are three WSU awards: WUE/Cougar Award, WUE/Distinguished Cougar Award, and the WUE/Cougar Award for Transfer Students.
When residency is gained, the Cougar Award is removed during the repackaging of financial aid. Resident tuition is cheaper than non-resident tuition with a Cougar Award.
Students must have personal financial resources for 51% of the Non-Resident Tuition COA for the year prior to residency, and 51% of the Resident Tuition COA for the year they gain residency. Open the chart below in a separate window.
Occasionally, the required documentation is not available. In these cases, a notarized letter can be provided in addition to other supporting evidence. We do not require a specific format for the letter; it simply needs to contain the requested information. The letter will need to be notarized by a Notary or Notary Public.
A notarized letter is acceptable in these cases:
All letters should include: