University description (as per official university website)
WCU was founded in 1889 to bring higher education and career opportunities to the western region of North Carolina. A member of the University of North Carolina system, WCU now provides an education to more than 9,000 students from 38 states and 32 countries.
The university’s mission is focused on quality education and preparation for responsible citizenship in a changing world. Since its founding, WCU has grown in size to become a major cultural, scientific, and educational force in the region and the state—and we’re still growing.
Our academic programs span more than 120 specialties—including the nation’s highest-ranked entrepreneurship and project management programs, a national award-winning teacher education program, a criminal justice program used as a model for North Carolina’s accreditation program, and the nation’s first accredited four-year emergency medical care program.
Our distinguished faculty includes national award-winning authors, nationally and internationally recognized experts, and winners of Emmy, O. Henry, and National Endowment for the Arts awards—to name a few.
Western Carolina University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (http://www.sacscoc.org/) to award bachelor's, master's, education specialist, and doctor's degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Western Carolina University.
Also, the university holds 21 special program accreditations and is a member of more than 30 state and national associations and organizations to which its professional programs are related.
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Eligibility Requirements for first time students
In order to be eligible for federally funded financial aid, you must:
1. Be accepted as a degree-seeking student
2. Be enrolled in school for a minimum of six (6) semester hours
3. Be a U. S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
4. Have never been convicted of the possession or sale of illegal drugs or meet the meet the requirements for those who have had a drug conviction in the past.
In order to remain eligible for federally funded financial aid, you must also:
1. Be making Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) as mandated by federal regulation and interpreted by the school
2. Not be in default on a federally funded student loan
3. Not owe a refund on previously disbursed federal financial aid
As an international student, you don’t qualify for federal and state aid. But you should explore other funding options:
* Employment—Contact the International Student Association for employment opportunities and information on immigration procedures.
* Emergency Loans—These loans available to students are limited to small amounts with short repayment periods.
* Consulate/Embassy—Contact your home government representative about available scholarships and loans.
* The Kendall W. King Scholarship Fund for International Students—The purpose of this WCU scholarship fund is to provide financial support for deserving international students. Undergraduate and graduate students are eligible for the award. Contact the dean of Research and Graduate Studies.
* Other merit-based funding—Be sure to explore external scholarships for undergraduates and grants and awards for graduate students