We know your need is unique

There is no single path to paying for college but if you’re interested in need-based financial aid, you’ll need to know how to apply for it. If you have questions, we’re here to help.

Application Process

Whether you are applying for aid for the first time or renewing your award, we have the components outlined for you here.

Submit your FAFSA® (required)

You can submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) anytime after October 1 and before the financial aid deadline.

To complete the (FAFSA®), you will need:

  • Your Social Security Number
  • Your Alien Registration Number (if you are not a U.S. citizen)
  • Your federal income tax returns (including schedules), W-2s, and other records of money earned 
  • Bank statements and records of investments (if applicable)
  • Records of untaxed income (if applicable)
  • A Federal Student Aid ID to sign electronically.
  • WashU’s FAFSA code: 002520

If you are a dependent student, then you will also need most of the above information for your parent(s).

Submit the CSS Profile (required)

The CSS Profile should be submitted by all first-time need-based financial aid applicants. This includes incoming first-year applicants, transfer applicants, and current domestic students wishing to apply for financial aid for the first time.

The CSS Profile is used by nearly 400 colleges and scholarship programs. There is a $16 fee for every college you want to submit to.

CSS Profile Fee Waiver

You are eligible to receive CSS Profile fee waivers if you are a first-year undergraduate applicant whose parents live in the U.S. You may receive a fee waiver if:

  • You received a SAT fee waiver OR
  • The parental income you reported on your application is approximately $45,000 or less for a family of four OR
  • You are an orphan or ward of the court under the age of 24.

There are no fees for noncustodial parents if the parental income reported on the application is approximately $45,000 or less for a family of four.

If you are not eligible for a CSS Profile fee waiver from the College Board and your household income is less than $75,000 per year, you can request a waiver from WashU by completing the CSS Profile Fee Waiver Request Form.

Track your Financial Aid Application

The financial aid portal tracks your financial aid application, which is separate from your application for admission. You will use your financial aid portal to:

  • See your financial aid application checklist
  • See your financial aid award as soon as it is released
  • Manage/review your financial aid award

2021-2022 Academic Year

To apply for financial aid for the 2021-2022 academic year, login to WashU Pathway.

An account is automatically created for you when you submit:

1) Either the Common App or the Coalition App ( Indicate on either application that you are applying for need-based financial aid. You do not need to complete your application, just submit. )

2) And, one of the following:

Within a few days of submitting these forms, you’ll be able to access your financial aid application in your WashU Pathway account.

Submit Additional Aid Application Requirements

Supplemental forms may be required based on information you supplied on your FAFSA. The financial aid portal in your WashU Pathway keeps a personalized checklist of the forms that you need to submit. All forms can be found in the form library.

Special Circumstances

We recognize that each family’s financial circumstances are unique. We recognize that errors could have been made on your application or your family’s circumstances may have changed. We are happy to consider any changes in your family’s situation.  If there’s information affecting your ability to pay for college, please include your special circumstances on your FFP, CSS Profile, or submit our Financial Aid Special Circumstances Form (PDF) to financial@wustl.edu.

Once our office receives this information, we will consider your family’s financial circumstances. Your financial aid award is based on the information you and your parents provide. Washington University uses this information to determine the amount your family can pay toward your educational expenses.

If you are not applying for university-funded assistance, only a FAFSA is required to be considered for federal and state financial aid. 

Submit your FAFSA® (required)

You can submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) anytime after October 1 and before the financial aid deadline.

To complete the (FAFSA®), you will need:

  • Your Social Security Number
  • Your Alien Registration Number (if you are not a U.S. citizen)
  • Your federal income tax returns (including schedules), W-2s, and other records of money earned 
  • Bank statements and records of investments (if applicable)
  • Records of untaxed income (if applicable)
  • A Federal Student Aid ID to sign electronically.
  • WashU’s FAFSA code: 002520

If you are a dependent student, then you will also need most of the above information for your parent(s).

Submit the CSS Profile (required)

The CSS Profile should be submitted by all first-time need-based financial aid applicants. This includes incoming first-year applicants, transfer applicants, and current domestic students wishing to apply for financial assistance for the first time.

The CSS Profile is used by nearly 400 colleges and scholarship programs. There is a $25 application fee to submit the form to one school. You’ll pay $16 each to submit to additional schools.

If your household income is less than $75,000 per year, you can request a fee waiver from Washington University by completing the CSS Profile Fee Waiver Request Form.

Track your Financial Aid Application

The financial aid portal tracks your financial aid application, which is separate from your application for admission. You will use your financial aid portal to:

  • See your financial aid application checklist
  • See your financial aid award as soon as it is released
  • Manage/review your financial aid award

2021-2022 Academic Year

To apply for financial aid for the 2021-2022 academic year, login to WashU Pathway.

An account is automatically created for you when you submit:

1) Either the Common App or the Coalition App ( Indicate on either application that you are applying for need-based financial aid. You do not need to complete your application, just submit. )

2) And, one of the following:

Within a few days of submitting these forms, you’ll be able to access your financial aid application in your WashU Pathway account.

Submit Additional Aid Application Requirements

Supplemental forms may be required based on information you supplied on your FAFSA. The financial aid portal in your WashU Pathway keeps a personalized checklist of the forms that you need to submit. All forms can be found in the form library.

Special Circumstances

We recognize that each family’s financial circumstances are unique. We recognize that errors could have been made on your application or your family’s circumstances may have changed. We are happy to consider any changes in your family’s situation.  If there’s information affecting your ability to pay for college, please include your special circumstances on your CSS Profile, or submit our Financial Aid Special Circumstances Form to financial@wustl.edu.

Once our office receives this information, we will consider your family’s financial circumstances. Your financial assistance award is based on the information you and your parents provide. Washington University uses this information to estimate the amount your family can pay toward your educational expenses.

If you are not applying for university-funded assistance, only a FAFSA is required to be considered for federal and state financial aid. 

Submit the CSS Profile (required)

The CSS Profile should be submitted by all first-time need-based financial aid applicants. This includes incoming first-year applicants, transfer applicants, and current domestic students wishing to apply for financial assistance for the first time.

The CSS Profile is used by nearly 400 colleges and scholarship programs. There is a $16 fee for every college you want to submit to.

If your household income is less than $75,000 USD per year, you can request a CSS Profile Fee Waiver from Washington University by completing the CSS Profile Fee Waiver Request Form.

If you come from a household where your income exceeds $75,000 per year but are from a country where the CSS Profile does not allow for credit card payments, you may complete and submit an International Student Financial Aid Application directly to Washington University.

Track your Financial Aid Application

The financial aid portal tracks your financial aid application, which is separate from your application for admission. You will use your financial aid portal to:

  • See your financial aid application checklist
  • See your financial aid award as soon as it is released
  • Manage/review your financial aid award

2021-2022 Academic Year

To apply for financial aid for the 2021-2022 academic year, login to WashU Pathway.

An account is automatically created for you when you submit:

1) Either the Common App or the Coalition App ( Indicate on either application that you are applying for need-based financial aid. You do not need to complete your application, just submit. )

2) the CSS Profile

Within a few days of submitting these forms, you’ll be able to access your financial aid application in your WashU Pathway account.

Submit Additional Aid Application Requirements

Supplemental forms may be required based on information you supplied on your CSS Profile. The financial aid portal in your WashU Pathway keeps a personalized checklist of the forms that you need to submit. All forms can be found in the form library.

Contact the Office of International Students and Scholars (if applicable)

If you are an international students who is currently enrolled at WashU and who wish to apply for need-based financial aid for the first time, you should contact the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) at oiss@wustl.edu directly for information about the application process.

Special Circumstances

We recognize that each family’s financial circumstances are unique. We recognize that errors could have been made on your application or your family’s circumstances may have changed. We are happy to consider any changes in your family’s situation.  If there’s information affecting your ability to pay for college, please include your special circumstances on your CSS Profile, or submit our Financial Aid Special Circumstances Form (once available) to financial@wustl.edu.

Once our office receives this information, we will consider your family’s financial circumstances. Your financial aid award is based on the information you and your parents provide. Washington University uses this information to estimate the amount your family can pay toward your educational expenses.

If you are not applying for university-funded assistance, only a FAFSA is required to be considered for federal and state financial aid. 

Submit your FAFSA® (required)

You have two options for renewing your need-based financial aid for 2020-2021 school year:

Early Renewal Options: If you submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) by December 15, 2019, we will send your renewal award on January 31, 2020.

Standard Renewal Option: If you submit your aid application by March 31, 2020, we will send your renewal award on May 15, 2020.

In order to renew your financial aid award:

  1. Submit the 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to transfer your 2018 tax return information. The 2020-2021 FAFSA will be available starting October 1, 2019.
  2. Provide SFS with updated information on any special circumstances we might have taken into consideration in 2019-2020 in adjusting your eligibility for financial aid, if these circumstances still exist, or let us know about new ones, using our 2020-2021 Financial Aid Special Circumstances Form.

We will notify you by email once your award has been renewed. You will not receive a paper copy of your financial aid award via mail. Please make sure that your email information in WebSTAC is updated, so we may contact you when your award is available.

To complete the (FAFSA®), you will need:

  • Your Social Security Number
  • Your Alien Registration Number (if you are not a U.S. citizen)
  • Your federal income tax returns (including schedules), W-2s, and other records of money earned 
  • Bank statements and records of investments (if applicable)
  • Records of untaxed income (if applicable)
  • The same Federal Student Aid ID assigned to you when you filed the FAFSA for the first time.
  • WashU’s FAFSA code: 002520

If you are a dependent student, then you will also need most of the above information for your parent(s).

For current international students

Current international students who wish to renew their award should contact the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) at oiss@wustl.edu directly for information about the renewal process.

Track your Financial Aid Application

Student Financial Services is moving financial aid applications into a new portal. While we transition, students and applicants may be accessing two different portals.

2020-2021 Academic Year

Once our office receives your FAFSA, we will consider your family’s financial circumstances and renew your award. If all documentation is complete, the student should expect to receive an email when their award is available to view online as follows:

Early Renewals: For FAFSAs that were submitted by December 15, 2019, awards are available to view on January 31, 2020.

Standard Renewals: For FAFSAs that were submitted by March 31, 2020, awards are available to view on May 15, 2020.

To access your award information for 2020-2021, log in to our legacy portal, My FA Access with your WUSTL Key.

2021-2022 Academic Year

To renew financial aid for the 2021-2022 academic year, log into our new portal, Net Partner, with your WUSTL key.

Aid Renewal

We understand every student’s and family’s concern about the reliability of award renewal. Each year, Student Financial Services will send you information regarding how to prepare to renew your financial aid award for the coming academic year. 

In general, if your family’s financial circumstances remain the same, your award will remain the same or increase slightly from one year to the next. However, it is important to realize that need-based aid is based on your family’s financial circumstances and will be re-evaluated each year.

If you are applying to a graduate program, contact the school for their specific financial aid application process and deadlines.

My Intuition

This calculator asks six basic financial questions to provide you with a quick estimate of college costs, and works best for families with less complex financial situations.

My Intuition

Net Price Calculator

This calculator asks more in-depth questions to generate an estimate of your net price. The calculator takes approximately 7 minutes to complete.

Net Price Calculator

Form Library

Some financial aid applications require supplemental forms. We’ve collected all the forms that may be requested here.

Form Library
Contact Us

Our goal is to make it possible for each admitted student to enroll and for enrolled students to graduate. If you have questions about any of the components of the application process, we’re here to provide you with personal support.

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