Accept Your Financial Aid Offer

How to Accept Your Financial Aid Offer

Review all aid offer information and policies before accepting any aid.


Log into InsideEWU

What You’ll Need

  • Your NetID/Username (new students: you can find your NetID at the top of your financial aid offer letter and in a series of emails you received).
  • Your password
    • To set your NetID/Username password as a new student, visit
    • Click Activate Account and complete the form. Use your NetID as the Username and your eight-digit verification code as the EWUID Number.

Where to Start to access your award

  1. Log into InsideEWU
  2. Click My Account link
    • NOTE: If you don’t see “My Account,” first click the menu icon
  3. In the Financial Aid and Scholarships section, click Financial Aid Status
  4. Select the appropriate Aid Year

Review and respond to all items in each tab beginning with the Home tab

What to Know

  • You should review each section and complete all requested items under Home (Required Response) and Award Offer (Accept/Decline aid & acknowledge Terms & Conditions).
  • You don’t have to accept every part of your offer. Some, like grants & scholarships (money you don’t pay back!) we assume you want. They will appear as accepted. But you’ll decide to accept or decline loans based on your budget. We recommend you accept only the loans that you calculate you really need.
  • For information about the different types of aid in your offer, review these resources:
  • You may see you have unsatisfied student requirements. Carefully read them and be sure to complete them. If you do not complete them, your aid may not be disbursed.

Complete the Student Loan Process

What to Know

If you accept loans (or if your parents do on your behalf), you must complete the following requirements:


Build a Personal Budget

Now that you have a better idea of how much money you will have available to you each term, begin planning your budget. Our Financial Education Center is a helpful resource to get you started.


Check Your University Email Often

Regularly check your EWU email for updates. It’s your official EWU email account, and if we need more information from you or if you need to complete additional steps, we’ll send the information there.

Need Help?

Let us know!
Phone: 509.359.2314
Office Hours: 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
*Set up an appointment for detailed help

Common Award Questions

No, but you’ll want to soon. If you wait longer than 30 days, your financial aid offer may be canceled. If you decide later, limited aid will not be reinstated.

We understand deciding whether to accept loans is a big decision! EWU has tools to help you create a budget, and consider what you really need. Check out our Financial Education for Higher Education playlist to learn more.

With the exception of work-study, release of financial aid begins one week prior to classes and applied first to your Eastern charges (tuition, fees, and on-campus room and board). Any aid left after EWU charges are paid is delivered to you by mail via check or to your bank account via direct deposit.

Your aid should be available the first day of each term if all of the following conditions are met at least one week prior to the beginning of the term:

  • You must be enrolled as a full-time student (8 credits for graduate students and 12 credits for all others) unless you have prior approval to receive aid as a part-time student. Wait-listed classes DO NOT count toward your total enrolled credits.
  • All required forms must be submitted to our office and award(s) accepted on EagleNET and loan steps completed, if applicable, at
  • You must meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements outlined on our Financial Aid Policies  page
  • All holds must be cleared.


For EWU scholarships, you must complete Scholarship Acceptance and upload a “thank you” letter for the donor on Scholarship Manager before funds are disbursed.

For private scholarships, your donor must send the funds to EWU before the funds can be disbursed to you.


Work-study funds are paid as earned. Paydays are on the 10th and 25th of each month. Your earnings are sent by mail via check or to your bank account via direct deposit.


For the Federal Direct and PLUS Loans, a Master Promissory Note (MPN) must be complete before funds can be disbursed to you. For the Federal Direct Loan, you must also complete a Loan Counseling Session if you are a first-time borrower.

The Federal Direct Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS) will be disbursed according to the option selected by your parents on the Parent Loan Request (PLR) form.

For alternative loans, the lender must send the funds to EWU before money can be disbursed to you.