Your specific financial situation may have recently changed impacting your ability to pay for college.
Examples include loss of income, unexpected medical expenses not covered by insurance, unemployment, or other unusual life events. We are happy to consider these new circumstances and invite you to share this information with us.
If you have already received a financial aid award and you would like to inform a counselor of changes, please submit the Financial Aid Award Reconsideration Request. Your financial aid counselor will review and be in contact to discuss your request.
Families who didn’t qualify for or apply for financial aid in the past, but have experienced significant changes in their financial circumstances, are encouraged to apply for need-based aid. To be considered, please complete the Family Financial Profile and the FAFSA (School Code 002520).
Have additional questions? See Common Financial Aid Questions for Fall 2020
First-year and Transfer Undergraduate Students Entering in Fall 2020
Students entering in Fall 2020 who are earning a degree through one of the undergraduate schools and are receiving need-based financial aid are eligible to receive a computer before or during their first semester. Students will be given a campus bookstore credit of $1,115 to be used for the purchase of a laptop computer that meets current undergraduate minimum requirements. Students may also use this credit toward a purchase of a more expensive computer that meets more than the minimum requirements.
For guidance and support regarding the university’s technology requirements and recommendations visit WashU Tech Den, a technology resource center available to all WashU students.
Returning Undergraduate Students
Returning students who are earning a degree through one of the undergraduate schools and are receiving need-based financial aid—who do not have a laptop that meets current undergraduate minimum requirements—will be eligible for technology assistance during their Fall 2020 semester. Students who need technology support for this semester should reach out to the Student Financial Services Office directly to address their needs.
Graduate Students and University College Students
Technology assistance for graduate students and University College students may be available. Students who have questions should contact the aid office in their division.
The safety and well-being of our university community and the St. Louis region are our highest priorities. As the university continues to prepare for the 2020-21 academic year, you can view updates and our plans for the year ahead at WashU Together: COVID-19 Response.
Common Financial Aid Questions for Fall 2020
Q: Will my undergraduate financial aid be adjusted because the cost of housing/meal plan was reduced?
A: No, your financial aid will not be adjusted.
Q: Will my undergraduate financial aid be adjusted if I choose to live at home with my parents or family?
A: For students choosing to live with their parents or family, undergraduate need-based financial aid awards will be adjusted to reflect the fact that you will not be charged or pay rent for housing. Please contact your financial aid counselor if you feel your family’s circumstances require additional support.
Q: I can’t find a work study job – what can I do?
Q: My family’s financial circumstances have been impacted by COVID-19 and we need to increase our existing aid award or apply for need-based aid. What do I do?
A: If you have already received a financial aid award, share your information about changes in circumstances by submitting a Financial Aid Award Reconsideration Request. If you didn’t qualify for financial aid in the past, but have experienced significant changes in your financial circumstances, we encourage you to apply for need-based aid by completing the Family Financial Profile and the FAFSA (School Code 002520).
Q: Will my undergraduate financial aid be adjusted if I move off campus to an apartment?
A: No, your undergraduate financial aid will not be adjusted.
Q: If I defer enrollment for a year and have need-based financial aid will I lose it?
A: In order to receive need-based aid for next year, students will need to complete a 2021-2022 CSS Profile and FAFSA. As long as your family’s financial circumstances remain similar, your financial aid will remain similar.
Q: If I defer enrollment for a year and have a merit scholarship will I lose it?
A: No. You will not lose your merit scholarship if you decide to defer enrollment for a year. Your scholarship will show up on your financial aid award for the following year when you decide to enroll at WashU.
Q: If I received a stipend through my scholarship program but live in another state will I still receive the stipend?
A: Yes. Your stipend will still apply if you live at home in another state while taking classes at WashU. The stipend is credited to your student account and a refund will be generated if the merit scholarship and stipend exceed the balance due on your student account.