If you are applying for need-based aid, our office requires you to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in conjunction with the Warren Wilson Financial Aid Application (WWCFAA). You can find the 2013-2014 WWCFAA here.
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. To complete the FAFSA, you and your parent(s) will need your tax returns from the prior tax year (example: 2012 Federal tax return for the 2013-14 FAFSA). We recommend that you use the Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) in the FAFSA to upload your tax information directly from the IRS. The DRT will be available in mid to late February 2013.
When you log into the FAFSA, the system will assign PIN numbers (Personal Identification Numbers) to both you and one of your parents. Please safeguard these PIN numbers, as they will be used to file renewal FAFSAs in subsequent years. This Federal PIN is also your electronic signature for educational loans.
The FAFSA can be filed online any time after January 1st at www.fafsa.gov. Please make sure that both you and your parent sign the FAFSA electronically using your PIN numbers in order to avoid processing delays. If at all possible, file the FAFSA by mid-February to meet both State aid deadlines and the priority handling deadline for Warren Wilson College.
Warren Wilson College’s school code is 002979.
Please remember that after January 1st, there will be two FAFSA years available. Make sure to apply using the correct FAFSA year!!!
New Students (Entering in August 2013)
Please click here to print the Warren Wilson Financial Aid Application
This form must be completed in its entirety for need-based aid and signed by both the student and parent(s).
Currently Enrolled Students
We are able to use the WWCFAA that we have on file for continuing students unless there has been a change in address or family size.
PLEASE NOTE: We are encouraging students and parents to file your taxes AS SOON AS POSSIBLE in 2013 before you file the FAFSA.
Once your taxes are submitted and processed by the IRS (allow two weeks), you can upload your tax and income information directly from the IRS into the FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool ( a function in the FAFSA). 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 later selected for verification (one out of three is selected).
If you file the FAFSA before you file taxes, you should log back into the FAFSA and use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool after your taxes are submitted and processed by the IRS. 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 2012Tax Return Transcript to the Financial Aid office. (Click here for information on how to request a Tax Return Transcript).