How to Apply for Financial Aid

If you wish to apply for need-based aid, our office requires you to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov.

The FAFSA uses both your and your parent’s information to calculate your eligibility for federal student financial aid such as grants, loans, and work-study. For the 2017-2018 FAFSA, the Department of Education has instituted the use of “prior prior year”.  When completing  the  2017-2018 FAFSA, you and your parent(s) will need your  federal tax returns from the prior prior  tax year (example: 2015 Federal tax return for the 2017-2018 FAFSA).

We recommend that you use the Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) in the FAFSA to upload your tax information directly from the IRS.  If you utilize the IRS Data Retrieval Tool in the FAFSA and do not make any changes either on the FAFSA results or by amending your tax return, it will  save time and effort if your FAFSA is selected for verification by the federal processor.  If you DO NOT use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool and your FAFSA is selected for verification, you will be required to submit an official IRS 2015 Tax Return Transcript to our partner, School Servicing Center or to the financial aid office. (Click here to request a Tax Return Transcript).

When you log into the FAFSA, the system will ask you for your FSA ID for both you and one of your parents. Please safeguard these FSA IDs, as they will be used to file renewal FAFSAs in subsequent years. The FSA ID is also your electronic signature for educational loans. If you do not have a FSA ID, please create a New FSA ID.

The 2017-2018 FAFSA can be filed online any time after October 1st at www.fafsa.gov. Please make sure that both you and your parent sign the FAFSA electronically using your FSA ID in order to avoid processing delays. If at all possible, file the FAFSA by mid-February to meet North Carolina state aid deadlines and the priority processing deadline for Warren Wilson College.

Warren Wilson College’s school code is 002979.

Please remember that after October 1st, there will be two FAFSA years available. Make sure to apply using the correct FAFSA year!

File the 2016-2017 FAFSA for the academic year that runs from August 2016 to May 2017.

File the 2017-2018 FAFSA for the academic year that runs from August 2017 to May 2018.