Follow the steps below to apply for financial aid. The steps include federal forms, University College forms, and forms from Washington University's Student Financial Services (SFS) office. Students may register after completing all of the following steps successfully. Students should apply for financial aid as early as possible in the semester prior to enrollment. Financial aid applications frequently take eight or more weeks to process.
- If you have a high school diploma or the equivalent, you may enroll in most University College courses. However, some courses are open only to graduate students, and others are open only to students admitted to a degree program. In order to qualify for financial aid, you must first apply for and be OFFICIALLY ADMITTED to a University College degree or select certificate programs*. For information on programs and admissions, click here.
- Fill out the federal form called the FAFSA, online at www.fafsa.ed.gov every year. You will need the code for Washington University; it is 002520. The FAFSA takes four weeks to process. You may submit the FAFSA before you are officially admitted to University College. After you submit the FAFSA, you will receive from the U.S. Department of Education a Student Aid Report. *Please note that the FAFSA form will calculate what it calls the "Estimated Family Contribution" figure. This number does not indicate what you will have to pay in tuition, or what you might receive in aid. It is used for our office to gain insight into your eligibility for need-based aid, such as Pell Grants and Perkins loans.
- Turn in a University College Evening School Profile Form or Summer School Financial Assistance Application.
Once Steps 1-3 have been completed, Washington University's Student Financial Services (SFS) office will send you a financial assistance award letter, telling you how much you are eligible for in Federal Direct Loans (Stafford), Perkins loans, Pell Grants, or Missouri state grants.
You must complete next steps (if applicable) prior to registering:
- a) Visit sfs.wustl.edu. Use your WUSTLKey to login to 'My FA Access'.
b) Select 'My Award' in the left menu. Login to 'My FA Access' to edit/accept 'My Award' online.
c) Go to the ‘My CheckList’ tool at sfs.wustl.edu on the left hand menu to see what additional documentation is needed to complete the awarding process.
- If you are using Federal Direct Loans (Stafford) or PLUS loans, you must fill out a Master Promissory Note. New borrowers must also complete online entrance counseling. Undergraduate and Graduate form information can found at the bottom of page.
- Your Student Aid Report will tell you if your FAFSA has been "selected for verification." In order for you to complete the Verification process, you will need to provide the following required documentation:
- Verification Worksheet for Independent Students or for Dependent Students
- Finalized 2015 federal income tax return information. This must be provided by transferring your 2015 tax return information to your finalized 2016-2017 FAFSA. If you are not eligible to use the FAFSA IRS data retrieval tool, contact Student Financial Services. If you are not required to file a tax return, submit our a Non-Filer Statement, which can be accessed in the ‘Resources’ section of sfs.wustl.edu. To determine if Washington University is missing information from you, please login to ‘My FA Access’ at sfs.wustl.edu and view ‘My Checklist’.
Once all of the previous steps have been completed successfully, Undergraduate students must register for at least six units of course work at University College for the fall, spring, and summer semesters. Graduate students must register for at least 4.5 units for both the fall and spring semesters and 3 hours for the summer semester. View the summer school financial assistance application form.
Contact Student Financial Services at (314) 935-5900 to determine when your financial aid will be disbursed.
Undergraduate Students Forms
Graduate Students Forms
*The Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical, Applied Behavior Analysis, and Geographic Information Systems programs are eligible for financial aid. For information about students who completed our Title IV eligible certificate programs, visit ucollege.wustl.edu/cert_titleIV_disclosure.