Financial Aid Consortium Agreement

If you are taking classes at a school other than WSU, and you need financial aid to help pay for those classes, you will need to complete a financial aid consortium agreement. It is best to complete this agreement right after you register for the semester.

Note: WSU does not pay the other institution you are attending, it is your (the student) responsibility to pay the other school.
A consortium agreement allows a student to receive financial aid from WSU for coursework taken at another institution as long as the coursework is applicable to the student’s specific degree program of study at WSU.

If you are attending another Minnesota State institution

  • Complete the online consortium agreement for each semester after you register at a visiting school (another Minnesota State school).
  • After you submit the consortium agreement, if you change your enrollment plans (course, section, or school), please complete another agreement with updated information. Any change in enrollment can impact financial aid disbursement.

If you are attending a non-Minnesota State institution

  • Complete the student section of the paper consortium agreement for each semester you register at a visiting school (school other than WSU)
  • Mail or fax the consortium agreement to the Financial Aid Office of the visiting school.
  • The coursework you are taking must apply toward your WSU degree to qualify for Financial Aid. If your coursework does not apply towards your WSU degree, your consortium agreement will be denied.
  • WSU is considered your Home School when you have been admitted to WSU as degree seeking student. The other Minnesota State school(s) you attend are considered the Visiting School(s). The visiting school does not administer financial aid for the term, and is not the school from which you will receive your degree.
  • If you intend to enroll entirely at another Minnesota State school while continuing to receive financial aid from WSU, read additional information included in “Enrolled Entirely at Another Institution”.
  • If your consortium agreement is denied you will receive an email from the Financial Aid Office informing you of the denial. At the time of the denial you have the right to appeal the decision.
  • At the end of the semester all consortium coursework must be transferred to WSU.
When financial aid is disbursed it is applied to your WSU student account to pay any WSU bill for the semester. After the WSU bill is paid, if there is a credit balance it is direct deposited into your bank account. You pay the visiting school with these direct deposited funds. You are able to set up your WSU Direct Deposit online through Student eServices.

Please remember to periodically check your WSU email since this is the only email used for official communication with your on matters regarding official university business.

In some cases, you could be enrolled entirely at another school with no enrolled WSU credits and still receive financial aid through WSU with a consortium agreement. Credits must be able to be transferred to WSU after the semester is complete and be applicable toward your degree. Some common examples are:

  • Study abroad through another school's program.
  • Student teaching through another school.
  • Criminal Justice skills program at another Minnesota State school.
  • You were enrolled full-time at WSU spring semester and enrolled full-time at WSU for the upcoming fall semester, but are taking a few credits at another school during the summer.

If you are involved in any of these programs be sure that you do not graduate from WSU before the consortium agreement semester is over. Remember that you need to be degree seeking at WSU in order for WSU to fund any form of financial aid. Once you have graduated from WSU you are no longer a degree seeking WSU student. If you are part of any of these programs, you cannot be funded by WSU financial aid if you graduate from WSU before the consortium agreement semester is over.

If you are not enrolled in one of these programs but plan to take all of you credits at another Minnesota State school, the consortium agreement might not be right for you. Before submitting a consortium agreement to WSU, check with the Financial Aid Office at the school you will be attending to see whether that school should be funding your enrollment.

For students attending a Minnesota State institution, use the Minnesota State Consortium Agreement form. For students not attending a Minnesota State Institution, use the Non-Minnesota State Consortium Agreement form (PDF). Please note that student attending summer session courses must also complete a summer financial aid application.