How Do I Apply For Financial Assistance?

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How Do I Apply For Financial Assistance?

There are really two types of applications:

First:  You apply for the Financial Aid programs administered by the Student Financial Planning Office at KWU.   Submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by logging on to www.fafsa.ed.gov.  Follow the instructions there.  Be sure to list Kansas Wesleyan University as your college of choice; our school code is 001929.  About three (3) days after you submit your FAFSA, begin checking your KWU Portal Account, specifically the section titled “Financial Aid Document Tracking”.  The KWU Student Financial Planning Department will post instructions there for your next step(s).

Second:  You apply for “Outside” scholarships…not administered by KWU.    Searching for outside Scholarships should be something you do throughout your college career.  See the “Outside Scholarships” section of this webpage for links to safe and effective Scholarship Search engines.  

When do I submit my FAFSA?:

The new Award Year FAFSA becomes live on January 2 each year.  To explain:  The FAFSA for the Financial Aid Award year that begins with the Fall term of 2014 is available January 2, 2014.  You should complete and submit your FAFSA as EARLY AS YOU CAN. 

Some priority deadlines for some institutional Financial Aid and for some Kansas State Scholarship programs are as early as March 15th.  We strongly recommend you submit your FAFSA before these dates.  However, if for some reason, you don’t do that, don’t despair!  The KWU Student Financial Planning office will still process your application and award everything for which you are eligible and for which funds remain available.   Good news!  KWU Academic/Activity Scholarships are awarded to all eligible students.  See the Section below on “KWU Scholarships and Grants.”

How do I submit my FAFSA by the March 15 priority deadline, if my parents (and/or I) have not yet completed our tax return(s)?

Even if you or your parents have not completed your tax returns, complete your FAFSA with your best estimated information and submit by the priority deadline.   (If your tax returns are not complete when you file your FAFSA, be sure to select “Will File” on your FAFSA.   You can/should correct your FAFSA later. In fact, you may be required to do so if your FAFSA is selected for “Verification”.   See the "Verification" tab on the right.