How to Apply – New Students
Step 1: Apply for admission online using the Common Application. Your application for admission will also serve as your application for scholarships.
A note to International Students: WWC Scholarships and Aid are based upon the application for admission and the declaration of finances. International students never complete the FAFSA since they are not eligible for U.S. Government (Federal) aid. International students are required to submit a completed College Board International Student Financial Aid Application for 2015-2016. Please contact your admission counselor to receive a copy of this form.
Step 2: After submitting your 2014 taxes to the IRS, complete the 2015-2016 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to upload all tax information from the IRS into the FAFSA. If you file the FAFSA before your taxes, log back into the FAFSA after taxes have been submitted and utilize the IRS Data Retrieval Tool or complete your tax information manually. Your financial aid awards cannot be finalized until you complete your FAFSA with accurate federal tax information. PLEASE NOTE: If you file your 2014 taxes on paper, this will cause delays in the availability of the IRS Data Retrieval Tool and in accessing your official IRS Tax Return Transcript, if needed.
It is our understanding that the IRS Data Retrieval Tool in the FAFSA will be available for use by mid to late February.
Step 3: The federal processor will determine whether your FAFSA is selected for a process called verification. Verification simply means, Warren Wilson College is required to verify certain items from your FAFSA before we can finalize any of your awards. To complete the process of verifying the accuracy of a FAFSA, the Financial Aid Office will request additional documents from you and your parents. If you did not use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool in the FAFSA to upload your tax information, you will need to log back into the FAFSA and utilize the Data Retrieval Tool to upload your information as soon as possible. If you cannot use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to upload your tax information, you must request an official 2014 IRS Tax Return Transcript from the IRS and send it to the Financial Aid Office. Request a Tax Return Transcript from the IRS. Please click here for information regarding our verification policy.
Step 4: If you are selected for verification or there is incomplete information on your FAFSA, an estimated award will be created for you, based on your Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) from the FAFSA. This award will not be final until all requested documents are completed. Please be aware that your final award may be greater or less than your estimated award once all information is received.
Step 5: A final award of scholarships, grants, work and student loans will be made once the FAFSA and any other requested documents have been received and reviewed by the Financial Aid Office. Financial Aid awards for 2015-2016 will begin in March (for new students beginning in fall 2015) and late October (for new students beginning in spring 2016).
Step 6: Once an award is finalized, the student must make a decision to accept or decline any loan offered. If accepted, requested paperwork must be completed (Direct Loan Response Form). A Master Promissory Note and Entrance Counseling must be completed online at www.studentloans.gov and the Federal Direct Loan Response Form must be sent to our office. You may download and print this form on our webpage under Forms 2015-2016.