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, 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 either the FFP or the CSS Profile (required)

The CSS Profile or the Family Financial Profile (FFP) 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.

What’s the difference?

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.

The FFP is free but WashU-specific. Note that the FFP must be completed in one session. It is not possible to save and return to complete the form later.

Submit Noncustodial Parent Information (required if applicable)

If your parents are divorced, separated, were never married and are not living together, you will need to provide non-custodial parent information. Please submit this information either with the Noncustodial Parent Statement (NCPS) or through the CSS Profile.

Access Your My FA Access Account

My FA Access is a separate account from the WashU Pathway that specifically tracks your financial aid application, not your application for admission. Use My FA Access to see your financial aid application checklist. Your financial aid award will be posted in your My FA Access account as soon as it is released. A My FA Access 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 login to My FA Access using the same login that you use for your WashU Pathway account.

Submit Additional Aid Application Requirements

Supplemental forms may be required based on information you supplied on your FAFSA. Your My FA Access account keeps a personalized checklist of the forms that you need to submit. All forms can be found in the form library.

Login to My FA Access and select My Checklist to confirm that we’ve received your supporting documents.

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, 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 either the FFP or the CSS Profile (required)

The CSS Profile or the Family Financial Profile (FFP) 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.

What’s the difference?

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.

The FFP is free but WashU-specific. Note that the FFP must be completed in one session. It is not possible to save and return to complete the form later. If needed, domestic students can use the Printable Form to prepare.

Submit Non-custodial Parent Information (required if applicable)

If your parents are divorced, separated, were never married and are not living together, you will need to provide non-custodial parent information. Please submit this information either with the Noncustodial Parent Statement (NCPS) or through the CSS Profile.

Access Your My FA Access Account

My FA Access is a separate account from the WashU Pathway that specifically tracks your financial aid application, not your application for admission. Use My FA Access to see your financial aid application checklist. Your financial aid award will be posted in your My FA Access account as soon as it is released. A My FA Access 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 login to My FA Access using the same login that you use for your WashU Pathway account.

Submit Additional Aid Application Requirements

Supplemental forms may be required based on information you supplied on your FAFSA. Your My FA Access account keeps a personalized checklist of the forms that you need to submit. All forms can be found in the form library.

Login to My FA Access and select My Checklist to confirm that we’ve received your supporting documents.

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 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 either the FFP or the CSS Profile (required)

The CSS Profile or the Family Financial Profile (FFP) 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.

What’s the difference?

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.

The FFP is free but WashU-specific. Note that the FFP must be completed in one session. It is not possible to save and return to complete the form later.

Submit Non-custodial Parent Information (required if applicable)

If your parents are divorced, separated, were never married and are not living together, you will need to provide non-custodial parent information. Please submit this information either with the Noncustodial Parent Statement (NCPS) or through the CSS Profile.

Access Your My FA Access Account

My FA Access is a separate account from the WashU Pathway that specifically tracks your financial aid application, not your application for admission. Use My FA Access to see your financial aid application checklist. Your financial aid award will be posted in your My FA Access account as soon as it is released. A My FA Access 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 login to My FA Access using the same login that you use for your WashU Pathway account.

Submit Additional Aid Application Requirements

Supplemental forms may be required based on information you supplied on your FFP or CSS Profile. Your My FA Access account keeps a personalized checklist of the forms that you need to submit. All forms can be found in the form library.

Login to My FA Access and select My Checklist to confirm that we’ve received your supporting documents.

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 FFP, 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, 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.

Access Your My FA Access Account

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.

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.

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.

Our team is here to help you throughout the process!

  • 888-547-6670
  • 314-935-5900
  • Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. CST