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 (Work-Study).  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.

For academic semesters Fall 2023, Spring 2024, and Summer 2024, complete the 2023-2024 FAFSA.

WCJC Financial Aid Offices are open!  Students do not need to make an appointment to meet with a Financial Aid staff member.  

5 Easy Steps to Financial Aid

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

Step 2:  Create an 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 to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  You will provide income data for the prior-prior year, so for the 2022-2023 academic year, you will provide data from your 2020 tax return.  For the 2023-2024 academic year, you will provide data from your 2021 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 parents' 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

Office hours for Financial Aid staff are 8am to 5pm, Monday through Friday, and walk-ins are welcome.  If you need assistance, please call 979-532-6345 or email  

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


(Fax) 979-532-6937


Sugar Land Campus

14004 University Blvd.

Sugar Land, TX 77479



Richmond Campus

5333 FM 1640

Richmond, TX 77469



Submitting Documents

The WCJC Financial Aid Office accepts documents in the following ways:

  • Fax 979-532-6937
  • Attached to an email
  • Delivered in person at any campus
  • Mailed to WCJC Financial Aid Office, 911 Boling Hwy, Wharton, TX 77488

The 2023-2024 Signature Page must be hand-delivered or mailed and must have an ink signature.  A photocopy or fax of this document will not be accepted.

Financial Aid Staff by Campus

Wharton Campus


Director of Financial Aid 



Rachel Cavazos

Assistant Director of Financial Aid



Selena Schmidt  

Financial Aid Quality Control Specialist and Veteran Certifying Official



Ramonica Cortez

Financial Aid State Programs Specialist



Ramona Petrosky

Financial Aid Work-Study Specialist



Nessa Rolf

Financial Aid Secretary/Receptionist



Richmond Campus

Priscilla Salas

Financial Aid Counselor



Anika Gupta

Financial Aid Counselor (Part-Time)



Sugar Land Campus

Lori Blust 

Financial Aid Counselor



Jo Harrington 

Financial Aid Counselor (Part-Time)



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