Financial Aid

The Financial Aid Office at Wharton County Junior College operates with the goal of providing students with financial assistance through scholarships, grants, loans, and on-campus employment.  Every student should apply for financial aid, and the Financial Aid staff is here to help!

The school code for all WCJC campuses is 003668.  Students should monitor important dates and start early completing financial aid requirements.

Students may begin submitting FAFSA applications for academic year 2020-2021 on October 1st, 2019!

5 Steps to Financial Aid

Step 1:  Complete and submit your application to WCJC through Apply Texas using these steps.

Step 2:  Create a FSA ID.  This username and password is your key to the Federal Student Aid's online systems, so write it down and keep it safe!  The FSA ID video describes the steps to set up your FSA ID.

Step 3:  Log in to FAFSA.gov to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  You will provide income data for the prior-prior year, so for the 2019-2020 academic year, you will need to provide data from the 2017 federal income tax return.  The FAFSA tutorial video can help you through the online application.

  • Your dependency status determines whose information you must report on the FAFSA.  If you are a dependent student, you'll need both your parent's information and your own.  Independent students will only need to provide information for themselves.  
  • To complete the FAFSA, you are highly encouraged to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) to transfer tax return information directly from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).  Using this tool will cut down on errors and will result in a much faster processing time for your financial aid award.  The IRS Data Retrieval Tool video explains this retrieval method in more detail. 

Step 4:  Monitor your financial aid status by checking your Online Services account. 

If the Department of Education chooses your file for verification, you may be required to submit additional documentation to the WCJC Financial Aid Office in order to continue the processing of your aid. More information about the types of documents that may be required can be found at Financial Aid Forms.

The Financial Aid Office will also communicate with you through postal mail, so it is important to notify the Office of Admissions and Registration of any changes to your mailing address.

Financial aid eligibility is determined for only one year at a time. Students must complete steps 3 and 4 prior to every year of enrollment.  Processing of a financial aid application takes about 3 weeks. 

Step 5:  Apply for scholarships!  Through the generosity of donors, WCJC students have the opportunity to apply for several scholarships. This "gift aid" helps students achieve their educational goals at less personal cost. 

Office Hours, Locations, and Contact Information

Financial Aid staff are available year-round (except on WCJC holidays), Monday through Friday, from 8:00am to 5:00pm.  Walk-ins are welcome.  If you need assistance, please call 979-532-6345 or email finaid@wcjc.edu.  

All campus Financial Aid Offices can accept students' documents and answer questions, regardless of the WCJC campus the student will be attending.

Wharton Campus

911 Boling Highway

Wharton, TX 77488

Administration Building Rm. 101

979-532-6345

(Fax) 979-532-6937

finaid@wcjc.edu

 

Sugar Land Campus

14004 University Blvd.

Sugar Land, TX 77479

281-243-8431

finaid@wcjc.edu

 

Richmond Campus

5333 FM 1640

Richmond, TX 77469

281-239-1500

finaid@wcjc.edu

 

Financial Aid Staff by Campus

Wharton Campus

Leslie Kolojaco

Director of Financial Aid

979-532-6345

kolojacol@wcjc.edu

 

Merry Sprague 

Assistant Director of Financial Aid

979-532-6945

merryr@wcjc.edu

 

Rachel Cavazos 

Financial Aid Quality Control Specialist

979-532-6345

cavazosr@wcjc.edu

 

Selena Schmidt  

Financial Aid Data Exchange Specialist

979-532-6345

schmidts@wcjc.edu 

 

Missy Gavranovic  

Financial Aid Specialist

979-532-6348

gavranovicm@wcjc.edu

 

Vicky Baltz  

Financial Aid Secretary/Receptionist

979-532-6347

baltzv@wcjc.edu

 

Richmond Campus

Priscilla Salas

Financial Aid Counselor

281-239-1539

salasp@wcjc.edu

 

Kristie Sulak 

Financial Aid Counselor and Veterans Services

281-239-1540

sulakk@wcjc.edu

veterans@wcjc.edu

 

Sugar Land Campus

Lori Blust 

Financial Aid Counselor

281-243-8431

lorib@wcjc.edu

 

Jo Harrington 

Financial Aid Counselor

281-243-8438

harringtonj@wcjc.edu

 

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