eNews from WKU's Parent and Family Programs

This Weekend: Friday, September 30th - Saturday, October 1st, 2016

ALL ROADS LEAD TO WKU, Friday September 30th for WKU's Parent and Family Weekend! Join the WKU Parents Association and WKU Campus Activities Board for a weekend filled with fun, family, and football as the WKU Hilltoppers face off against the Houston Baptist Huskies. For a full Schedule of Events and to purchase tickets online, visit the WKU Parent and Family Weekend website. Online registration closes at 4:00pm CST on Thursday, September 29th. Register today!

Additional Parent and Family Weekend Events

Residence Hall Receptions|1-2pm|Your Student's Residence Hall

Tour your student's residence hall, meet your student's Hall Director(s) and Resident Assistant, engage in fun activities, and enjoy some light refreshments before heading over to the President's Student, Parent, and Family Member Welcome.

President's "Festival on the Green"|3:30-5:30pm|Downing Student Union South Lawn

President Gary Ransdell and his wife, Julie, invite you to join them for food, music, and fellowship on the DSU South Lawn. Advanced ticket purchase required

FAFSA: Do you know the new rules and dates?

On Sept. 14, 2015, President Obama announced significant changes to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) process that will impact millions of students. Starting with the 2017­–18 application cycle, the following changes will be put in place:

  • Students will be able to submit a FAFSA® earlier. Students will be able to file a 2017–18 FAFSA as early as Oct. 1, 2016, rather than beginning on Jan. 1, 2017. The earlier submission date will be a permanent change, enabling students to complete and submit a FAFSA as early as October 1 every year. (There is NO CHANGE to the 2016–17 schedule. The FAFSA became available January 1 as in previous years.)
  • Students will use earlier income information. Beginning with the 2017–18 FAFSA, students will be required to report income information from an earlier tax year. For example, on the 2017–18 FAFSA, students (and parents, as appropriate) will report their 2015 income information, rather than their 2016 income information.
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Western Kentucky University Parents Association

Western Kentucky University Parents Association serves as the official parent and family member organization. The Association links our institution and the parents and family members of current students. Its primary purpose is to support the mission of WKU Parent and Family Programs--to engage parents and family members of current WKU students as partners in ensuring student success. Join today at!