US Financial Aid program

US Financial Aid

Federal Student Loans

Western Sydney University has become a "Deferment Only" institution from October 2011. This means that the University can no longer certify US Federal Student Loans (e.g. the Direct Loan Program).

If you wish to apply for funding as a US student, you may be eligible for a private loan. The only private lender currently available to US students studying at the University is Sallie Mae (opens in a new window).

Private Loans

If you are successful in obtaining a private loan, the University will generally receive two separate cheques (made out to you and the University) coinciding with the commencement date of your study periods. The University will contact you upon receipt of these cheques.

If you make any changes to your enrolment (eg. leave of absence or withdrawal), please contact us at as soon as possible.

Deferring Loans

Western Sydney University can also approve deferments for students who have already received US Federal Student loans. Therefore, if you have received a US Federal Student loan and are enrolled at University of Western Sydney on at least a half-time basis, you can apply to defer repayment of those loans. Please contact your lender for the appropriate forms, which can then be certified by the University.

Important Information

Please be reminded that any funds you receive are loans that must be repaid. It is therefore very important that you understand your rights and responsibilities as a borrower.

Useful resources include:

  • Federal Student Aid website (opens in a a new window).
  • Fact Sheet [PDF 110Kb](opens in a new window) for information about private loans and consolidation as well as advice on recognising deceptive loan practices.
  • American Student Assistance (ASA) website (opens in a new window) - while ASA no longer provides loans to US students at Western Sydney University, they have a wide range of resources to help you manage your loans.

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