Frequently Asked Questions
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Will I have an academic advisor?
Is tutoring available?
Can I change my major?
Does CW have an honors program?
Does The College of Westchester accept AP Credit?
What type of holdings does your Library have?
What type of computers and services does CW offer?
Do you have online classes?
What type of calendar system does CW's Adult Division and Online Division follow?
How do I view The College of Westchester's Adult Division and Online Division academic calendars?
How do I access my student records?
How do I get a copy of my transcript?
How do I apply for admission?
What majors are offered at CW?
What are the admission requirements?
How many students attend The College of Westchester?
What is the student-faculty ratio?
Where is The College of Westchester located?
Is an admission interview required?
How do I arrange a campus visit?
How do I get directions to the campus?
Does The College of Westchester assist students with internships?
What services are provided to assist students with Job Placement?
Does the College of Westchester have a career fair?
How do I qualify for off campus Co-Op jobs related to my career?
How do I apply as a transfer student?
Will all of my credits transfer to CW?
What are CW's graduation requirements?
Why should I enroll in a Certificate Program?
My college credits are more than 20 years old, will they still transfer?
What type of calendar system does CW's Evening and Saturday classes follow?
How do I view the College of Westchester's Evening and Saturday academic calendars?
How do I apply for financial assistance?
What is a PIN?
How do I apply for a PIN?
What should I do if I misplace or cannot remember my PIN number?
What happens after I file my FAFSA?
When I originally completed the FAFSA, I did not list CW as a school choice. How do I now list CW?
How long does it take for the FAFSA to be processed?
Review and correction of the Student Aid Report (SAR)
What is a DRN number?
What should I expect next?
Should I keep copies of the information I submitted for my file?
Do I need to submit tax returns?
What is verification? And why was I chosen?
What do I do if something changes after I file?
I was told that I have to be full-time to receive financial aid. Is that right?
Can I receive financial aid if I already have a bachelor's degree?
Will I be eligible for financial aid as a transfer student?
Am I allowed to receive financial aid from more than one institution at the same time?
Will my financial aid transfer from one school to another?
I probably don't qualify for aid. Should I apply for aid anyway?
When do I apply for aid?
How will CW notify me if I am eligible for financial aid?
What type(s) of aid may I find on my award letter?
Will the aid I receive this year change next year?
May I borrow the entire amount of my college bill through the Federal Direct Loan Program?
Do I need to be admitted before I apply for financial aid?
If I am awarded an outside or private scholarship should I notify CW?
I am trying to file my FAFSA form but my parents divorced and I am not sure what information to include.
What is the school code to use when applying for the New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)?
Where can I find further information about financial assistance programs for students enrolled at The College of Westchester?
Is there housing available?
What kind of activities does The College of Westchester have?
Can I bring a car to campus?
Do I need a computer?
Is there public transportation to and from the CW campus?
Does the College of Westchester have a student government or clubs & associations?

ACADEMIC FAQs

Will I have an academic advisor?
Yes, you will have an academic advisor with whom you will meet with periodically to discuss scheduling of courses and your academic progress. You will also discuss with your advisor any other questions or concerns about achieving your goals and realizing success at CW.

Is tutoring available?
Yes, at The Learning Center, both peer and professional tutors provide both individual and group tutoring, at no additional cost. Students are required to have College IDs in order to use the services of The Learning Center, including laptops.

Can I change my major?
Yes, you can. If you do so by the end of your first academic semester or term, you may still be able to maintain your original graduation date. If you change majors beyond that point, you may require additional time to graduate. See catalog for additional information.

Does CW have an honors program?
Yes. You may apply to The College of Westchester's Honors Program if your GPA from high school was 3.0 or better (B). You must also complete an application form and submit a well written essay in order to be accepted. You may also apply after you have completed at least one semester at CW with a 3.0 grade point average.

Does The College of Westchester accept AP Credit?
Yes, CW will grant credit for many AP examinations for which a grade of 3 or better has been obtained within 3 years of receipt of these credits. See the CW catalog for details for this and other credits.

What type of holdings does your Library have?
The College of Westchester Library provides access to a wide variety of information resources to meet the research needs of students, faculty and staff. The Library subscribes to core academic databases which are also accessible via remote access from off-campus anywhere an Internet connection can be found. The collection consists of 4,925 books, 91 periodicals, 145 DVDs, 39 VHS tapes, 146 CDs, and 7 newspapers. In addition, students have access to all regional and national libraries free of cost through the Inter-Library Loan (ILL) program. Students who wish to utilize the services of the Library must have a College ID.

What type of computers and services does CW offer?
At The College of Westchester, there are over 300 student use computers on campus. There are 12 dedicated computer classrooms that feature Pentium based personal computers. Additionally, one Digital Media classroom is outfitted with 15 G5 Macintosh computers. New students are assigned a campus e- mail address and all computers have access to Internet Explorer.

Do you have online classes?
Yes, some courses are offered fully online. Certain courses are offered hybrid which is part classroom instruction and part online. In addition, CW offers fully online programs.

What type of calendar system does CW follow?
At The College of Westchester, all credits are awarded as semester credits. Classes in the Day Division are offered in semesters consisting of fifteen weeks each. In the Adult and Online Divisions, there are five terms with each term being 8 weeks.

How do I view the academic calendar?
The academic calendars for Day, Adult and Online Division can be found here.

How do I access my student records?
When you become a registered student at CW, you will have access to a student online services portal. This will allow you to; Make Secure Credit Card Payments and View Accounts, View Your Grades, View Your Class Schedule, View CW's Course Calendar by Term, View Faculty Directory, View CW's Announcements and News, access the Student Message Center, keep track of Your Attendance, Calculate Your GPA and View Your Financial Aid Information.

How do I get a copy of my transcript?
You can view your grades online through the Student Online Services Portal. If you wish to request an official transcript, click here for form. You may also request an official transcript by writing to: Registrar, The College of Westchester, 325 Central Avenue, PO Box 710, White Plains, NY 10602, or submit a "Transcript Request Form" in person which can be obtained at the service counter in the Academic Center. There is a $10 fee for each official transcript request.

ADMISSIONS FAQs

How do I apply for admission?
To apply to CW online, click here. To request a paper application you can e-mail us at admissions@cw.edu or call us toll-free at 1-888-398-1503. Please include your mailing address and high school graduation year.

What majors are offered at CW?
The College of Westchester offers a wide variety of Business, Computer Networking, Digital Media and Allied Health related degree and certificate programs. To view programs offered, click here.

What are the admission requirements?
Admission requirements include a completed admissions application, a non-refundable $40 application fee, a high school diploma or its equivalent or a high school equivalency diploma (GED), and an admissions interview. For online programs, the interview may be conducted by phone.

How many students attend The College of Westchester?
About 1100 students attend CW, approx. 500 are full time day students and, approx 600 adult students attend our Adult and Online Division.

What is the student-faculty ratio?
The student-faculty ratio is 17:1

Where is The College of Westchester located?
The college is conveniently located in the hub of Westchester County, White Plains, NY. The address is 325 Central Avenue, White Plains, NY 10606 and the telephone number is 914-948-4442. The direct line to Admissions is 914-831-0200.

Is an admission interview required?
Yes, an interview with an Admission Counselor is required to assist you, discuss your career plans and educational objectives and provide you with a tour of the college. In the Online Division, your interview will be completed via phone.

How do I arrange a campus visit?
Call toll free, 1-800-660-7093, send an email to admissions@cw.edu or click here.

How do I get directions to the campus?
Call 1-800-333-4924 or admissions direct at (914)831-0200 or click here.

CAREER SERVICES FAQs

Does The College of Westchester assist students with internships?
Yes, there is a wide variety of internships available pertaining to many majors. Internships are handled by the Office of Career Services. Internships are generally unpaid but can play a pivotal role in launching a career. The office of Career Services will meet with you to review criteria and help determine your eligibility for being accepted into the Internship Program.

What services are provided to assist students with Job Placement?
The College of Westchester's Office of Career Services carefully guides students through the process of planning and preparing for their job search. They will also assist graduates with resume preparation and selection of appropriate job interviews.

Does the College of Westchester have a career fair?
Yes, the Office of Career Services sponsors a minimum of two Career Fairs annually, one in the spring and one in the fall.

How do I qualify for off campus Co-Op jobs related to my career?
The Office of Career Services of CW will work with you as you seek part-time employment while you study. Students with advanced skills and knowledge are afforded an opportunity to work with area employers on a cooperative work/study basis facilitated by the Career Services Office. To qualify, student must have completed a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better for a Co-Op work study job.

ADULT AND TRANSFER STUDENTS-FAQs

How do I apply as a transfer student?
Submit an Application for Admission with a non-refundable $40 application fee. Schedule an Admissions Interview. You must arrange to provide a transcript from each college or university previously attended. You must also provide proof of high school graduation or equivalent (GED).

Will all of my credits transfer to CW?
The College of Westchester will accept credits from accredited Colleges and Universities recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or Council of Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) for courses in which you have earned a minimum grade of C and that are applicable to your selected curriculum at CW. You may transfer a maximum of 63% of the credits required for program completion.

What are CW's graduation requirements?
To be awarded a Degree or Certificate from The College of Westchester, you must complete all required courses with a 2.0 or better cumulative grade point average and satisfy all financial obligations to the college.

Why should I enroll in a Certificate Program?
Certificate programs at The College of Westchester contain a series of courses in a career relevant area that will enhance your work credentials and preparation for a career transition. These programs can be completed in one year or less and credits earned can later be used toward a degree at CW. College graduates use Certificate programs to upgrade skills or add a new specialization to their degree to enhance their employability.

My college credits are more than 20 years old, will they still transfer?
Yes, generally undergraduate credit hours do not have a time restriction for transferring. There are a few exceptions, I.E.; Computer classes that are more than three years old would require a course syllabus review to determine if credit can be granted. It is important, for evaluation, that the college credit hours be on an official transcript and that it is from an accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA.) Please refer to the catalog for CW's Transfer Policy.

What type of calendar system does CW's Adult Division and Online Division follow?
At The College of Westchester, credits are awarded as semester credit hours. There are five terms with each term being 8 weeks. The academic year is four terms. Full-time students take 6 credits per terms. Less than 6 credits per term is part-time. New students may start at the beginning of any term. Click here for calendar.

How do I view The College of Westchester's Adult Division and Online Division academic calendars?
To view calendars click here.

FINANCIAL AID FAQs

How do I apply for financial assistance?
In order to be considered for scholarships, grants or loans, you must submit an application for admission to The College of Westchester. The next step is to complete the online version of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Go to www.fafsa.ed.gov to complete the FAFSA on the Web. You will need a PIN in order to e-sign the FAFSA. CW's FAFSA school code is 005208.

What is a PIN?
PIN stands for "personal identification number". A PIN is a 4-digit number that is used in combination with your Social Security Number, name, and date of birth to identify you as someone who has the right to access your own personal information on Federal Student Aid Web sites, such as FAFSA on the Web.
Tip: You may use your PIN for the duration of your school experience at CW and beyond. The PIN stays the same. Do not give your PIN to anybody. The security of your PIN is important because it can be used to:
• Electronically sign Federal Student Aid documents
• Access your personal records on some of the U.S. Department of Education websites
• Add/change your name and address or add/change the name of a school; as well as other corrections.

How do I apply for a PIN?
You can click on this link which will take you to the U.S. Department of Education website that walks you through applying for a PIN - it takes less than 5 minutes (www.pin.ed.gov).

What should I do if I misplace or cannot remember my PIN number?
If you, or your parent, have lost the PIN number(s), go to www.pin.ed.gov and select the "request duplicate PIN" from the options. You will be asked to answer your original challenge question. If answered correctly, you will have an option for your PIN to appear on the next page. If you answer incorrectly three times, your PIN will be deactivated and you will need to apply for a new PIN number.

What happens after I file my FAFSA?
After you apply (complete the FAFSA), you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR). The College of Westchester must be listed on the FAFSA so that we may electronically receive your data. CW's Federal School Code is 005208.

When I originally completed the FAFSA, I did not list CW as a school choice. How do I now list CW?
First, go to www.fafsa.ed.gov, then click the "start here" button to access your FAFSA login screen and follow the instructions for login. You should have your PIN available since at some point they will ask you for it. The College of Westchester (CW) school code is 005208. If you find you are having problems accessing the FAFSA to make corrections, contact us and we will provide guidance.

How long does it take for the FAFSA to be processed?
If you provide an email address at the time of completion of The Federal Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), it takes approximately 3-5 days for you to receive an email message providing a link. This link will allow you to access your Student Aid Report (SAR). If you do not provide an email address at the time of completion of the FAFSA, it will take approximately two weeks for you to receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) in the mail.

Review and correction of the Student Aid Report (SAR)
Please review the SAR to confirm that all information is correct and that The College of Westchester (CW) is listed on the SAR. CW's Federal School Code is 005208. If corrections need to be made to your SAR you may use "Corrections on the Web" at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/index.htm# or contact your Financial Assistance Counselor for guidance.

What is the DRN number?
The DRN number stands for Data Release Number. It is the confidential four-digit number found in the upper right hand corner on the Student Aid Report (SAR). A financial aid applicant needs to provide the DRN when communicating with the Federal Student Aid Information Center regarding Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and SAR processing or when requested by a Financial Assistance Counselor.

What should I expect next?
Additional information may be requested of you in order to complete or verify your financial aid. Please submit requested information as soon as possible as to not hinder your financial aid process and package. Further, please ensure that all documents have been signed and dated with the appropriate signatures, i.e., student, parent(s), spouse.

Should I keep copies of the information I submitted for my file?
Yes! Keep copies of all forms completed and any materials used to prepare the forms, such as tax returns.

Do I need to submit tax returns?
If your FAFSA is selected for verification by the US Department of Education, you will need to submit your tax returns when requested by your Financial Assistance Counselor.

What is verification? And why was I chosen?
Verification is a review process in which a FAFSA is reviewed by the college to ensure the accuracy of certain items of information that were included in the FAFSA. A FAFSA may be verified because it was selected for this process by the US Department of Education, or because it was selected for this process by the college. Applications can be selected because the application contains information which appears to be conflicting or need to be confirmed. During the verification process the student (and/or parent) will be required to submit documentation to verify certain items of information on the FAFSA. Such documentation may include signed copies of the most recent Federal income tax returns for you, your spouse (if applicable), and your parents (if dependent), proof of citizenship, and copies of Social Security benefit statements and W2 and 1099 forms, among other things. All conflicting information or errors on FAFSA applications are required to be resolved to ensure the integrity of the federal student financial aid programs.

If there is an asterisk next to the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) figure on your Student Aid Report (SAR), your FAFSA has been selected for verification by the U.S. Department of Education. The EFC is located on the upper right-hand side of the SAR. CW may also select additional FAFSA's due to conflicting information.

If any discrepancies are uncovered during verification, the Financial Assistance Counselor may require additional information to clear up the discrepancies. If you do not submit the required documentation to complete your verification, unfortunately, we will not be able to process your financial aid. Some examples of why you may be selected for verification: You completed the FAFSA using estimated income or information is inconsistent. Your social security number, citizenship status, or veteran status does not match the Federal Government's data.

What do I do if something changes after I file?
If something changes after you submit the FAFSA, you should contact your Financial Assistance Counselor to discuss the circumstances that have changed. The Financial Assistance Counselor will advise you as to whether or not the changes will have any effect on your financial aid, and will guide you through whatever steps, if any, are necessary to report the changes.



I was told that I have to be full-time to receive financial aid. Is that right?
While you must be attending on a full-time basis in order to receive a Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) grant from New York State, you do not have to be enrolled full-time to receive federal financial aid if you are eligible. For most federal programs, if you are eligible, you can receive funding for attending half-time, three-quarter time, or full time. In order to receive a student loan you must be enrolled at least half time.



Can I receive financial aid if I already have a bachelor's degree?

If you hold a bachelor's degree, you are not eligible to receive Federal Pell Grant or the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), but are fully eligible to be considered for loans if you meet all other eligibility requirements. New York State limits TAP Grant eligibility based upon the number of semesters in which you have received TAP or certain other state grants, regardless of whether or not you have a bachelor's degree.



Will I be eligible for financial aid as a transfer student?

Transfer students may apply for financial assistance. The first step is to complete The Federal Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If you have already completed the FAFSA for the academic year, then you need only make corrections to the FAFSA to include adding CW's Federal School Code 005208. Eligibility is determined by other factors and we encourage you to speak with a Financial Assistance Counselor for further guidance.



Am I allowed to receive financial aid from more than one institution at the same time?

If you are enrolled at another college or university at the same time you are attending The College of Westchester, you may receive financial aid from one of the institutions, not both. Contact us for more information.



Will my financial aid transfer from one school to another?

No. Financial aid does not transfer from school to school. Students planning to transfer to another school should contact the Financial Aid Office at both schools to find out what is required.



I probably don't qualify for aid. Should I apply for aid anyway?

Yes, any student who is looking for assistance with the cost of higher education should apply for financial aid. Most people have the misconception that income is the only factor in determining financial need. Other variables are also considered, such as family size, number of family members in college, age of older parent, savings, investments, and various allowances to income and assets.



When do I apply for aid?

You can apply beginning January 1 of any year. You must apply each year. Since some of the information you must provide is from your federal and state tax returns, we recommend that you complete and file these documents as soon as it is possible to do so.



How will CW notify me if I am eligible for financial aid?

Your Financial Assistance Counselor will contact you to arrange for a scheduled time to review your estimated awards, take you through the process, and work closely with you to explain your eligibility.



What type(s) of aid may I find on my award letter?

You may find one or a combination of the following in your award package: Grants which are awarded based solely on financial need. Grants do not have to be repaid. Grants are typically made possible through the Federal or State governments, or the College. Federal Direct Loans unlike grants are borrowed money that must be repaid. Federal Direct PLUS Loans are loans parents can take out for their dependent children which must be paid back. Federal Direct PLUS Loans require a credit-worthy applicant. Scholarships are a form of aid that does not have to be repaid. Scholarships may be from the College or outside sources. Federal Work-Study is a need-based grant which encourages community service work and work related to each student's course of study.



Will the aid I receive this year change next year?

Aid may or may not change in the subsequent year(s). You must apply each year for financial aid.



May I borrow the entire amount of my college bill through the Federal Direct Loan Program?

The Federal Direct Loan Program places an annual limit on loan funds. Because the Federal Direct Loan Program places annual loan limits, most likely you will not be able to borrow the entire amount. A Federal Direct Loan most likely will be included in your financial aid package. Your student account will show you how the loan is applied toward your charges.



Do I need to be admitted before I apply for financial aid?

No. You may complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and also the application for the New York state grant known as the New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) prior to acceptance to CW. In fact, you should complete both applications as soon as possible.



If I am awarded an outside or private scholarship should I notify CW?

Yes. If you receive an outside or private scholarship, please notify the Financial Aid Office. The College of Westchester will match your outside private scholarship up to $2000 per year, provided you maintain full time status. We will review your aid package to make sure that you are not receiving more aid than your total cost of attendance. In many cases we are able to include your scholarship without adjusting any of your other aid. We encourage you to explore scholarship opportunities as an important and valuable means to help finance your college education.



I am trying to file my FAFSA form but my parents divorced and I am not sure what information to include.

You must include the financial information of the custodial parent (the parent with whom you resided for the greater period of time during the 12 months immediately prior to the date on which your FAFSA is filed)), as well as your financial information.



What is the school code to use when applying for the New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)?

7124 - Day Associate degree program
6124 - Day Bachelor of Business Administration degree program
7121 - Evening or Saturday Associate degree program
6121 - Evening or Saturday Bachelor of Business Administration degree program
6122 - Online Bachelor of Business Administration degree program
7131 - Online Associate degree program



Where can I find further information about financial assistance programs for students enrolled at The College of Westchester?

You can review the information in the College's Catalog, review information located in the Financial Aid section of this website or speak with a Student Financial Assistance Counselor.



STUDENT LIFE FAQs

Is there housing available?
The College of Westchester does not have dormitories. CW is known as a commuter college. When local housing is essential, there is a YWCA for women and a YMCA for men that are both within walking distance of the college which have residence facilities.

Does the College of Westchester have a student government or clubs & associations?
Yes, CW offers many activities like: Student Government Association (SGA), professional career oriented Clubs and Associations, student social activities, honors program and sporting activities.

What kind of activities does The College of Westchester have?
When you attend CW's main campus, there are many activities in which you can participate: Student Government Association (SGA), clubs such as The Computer and Digital Media Club, The Business Club, Allied Health Club, and others. We even have a men's basketball team that competes within the community. Activities include a Ski Trip, Summer Picnic, Student Faculty softball game, Student Staff basketball game and others.

May I bring a car to campus?
Yes, you may bring your car to campus. You will receive a parking sticker when you register. Parking on campus is free. There is ample parking for all students who drive.

Do I need a computer?
Although you are not required to have your own computer, it is advisable that you have a computer available to you during your leisure hours to assist you with homework, etc. During college operation hours, there are labs where there are always computers available for your use on campus. All online students must have consistent access to a computer with internet access.

Is there public transportation to and from the CW campus?
Yes, The College of Westchester is located in White Plains, the shopping hub and transportation hub of Westchester County. The college is easily accessible from all modes of public transportation. Bus and train schedules are available in the admissions suite located on the second floor.




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