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Financial Aid Application Process for Student Applicants Entering in 2023-24

The Financial Aid Office is excited to work with you as you apply for financial aid as a student applicant entering in the 2023-2024 academic year. You’ll find helpful information about the steps to complete this process and suggested application filing dates below. Please reach out to the Financial Aid Office any time you have questions.

STEP 1: Complete the FAFSA

Complete the 2023-2024 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and submit to Wooster using our federal school code: 003037.

  • Find helpful information about completing your FAFSA on our Filling Out the FAFSA page.
  • For a list of suggested filing dates, see the chart below.

STEP 2: Submit additional documentation requested by the Financial Aid Office

The Department of Education and/or The College of Wooster may request additional information to verify the data on your FAFSA. This will be determined once your FAFSA has been received by our office.

  • Once your FAFSA has been received by our office, you can view your checklist on the Admissions application portal for any requested documentation.
  • Reminder emails will be sent to the student email and parent email (if applicable) listed on the FAFSA.
  • If you are selected by the federal processor or Wooster for the special Verification review process, you will be required to submit additional documentation. Information about this process can be found in the Verification section below.
  • Signed copies of federal income tax returns and W-2 statements will be requested from families as needed and prior to review of any special circumstances.
  • If the 2023-2024 Wooster Aid Application is being requested, you may submit the CSS Profile in lieu of our form.
  • Many documents, and ways to submit them, can be found on our Forms page.

Verification

The College of Wooster is required by federal regulations to validate the accuracy of the financial information of students identified by the U.S. Department of Education for verification. Wooster may also select students for verification. Students who have been selected for verification, either by the U.S. Department of Education or by The College of Wooster will be notified by the Financial Aid Office of all required documents and due dates. The Department of Education encourages all applicants to utilize the IRS tax data retrieval tool when completing the FAFSA. This tool is available to most tax filers who have a processed tax return on file with the IRS and inputs tax return information into the FAFSA directly from the IRS.

Financial aid eligibility will not be finalized until all requested verification documentation is received. Financial aid awards are subject to change based on the accuracy of information submitted on the FAFSA.

 

Application Filing and Notification Dates

 

Application RoundAdmission Application
Deadline Date
Admission
Notification Date
Admission
Deposit Date
Financial Aid
Application Date
Financial Aid
Notification Date*
Early Decision INovember 1November 15December 1November 1After November 15
Early ActionNovember 15December 31May 1December 15After January 15
Early Decision IIJanuary 15February 1February 15January 15After February 1
Regular DecisionFebruary 15April 1May 1February 15After March 15

*For applicants who have applied/are eligible for competitive and/or performance based scholarships, aid offers may not be released until after scholarship decisions have been made.

 

Calendar of Important Dates and Reminders

Fall

Important Dates:

  • Oct. 1: 2023-2024 FAFSA becomes available online.
  • Nov. 1: Early Decision deadline to submit the FAFSA for an offer of need-based aid.
  • Nov. 15: Early Decision financial aid award offers sent after this date.

General Information & Reminders:

  • View and monitor the checklist of additional documentation being requested by the Financial Aid Office on the application portal.
  • Submit requested documentation to the Financial Aid Office.
Winter

Important Dates:

  • Jan. 15: Early Decision II deadline to submit the FAFSA for an offer of need-based aid.
  • Feb. 15: Suggested filing date of the FAFSA.

General Information & Reminders:

  • Review of need-based aid award begins.
  • View and monitor the checklist of additional documentation being requested by the Financial Aid Office on the application portal.
  • Submit requested documentation to the Financial Aid Office.
Spring

Important Dates:

  • May 1: Enrollment deposit deadline.
  • May 15: The Financial Aid Office will begin emailing requests to deposited students to accept or decline federal student loans via ScotWeb. Instructions will be included in this request.

 

General Information & Reminders:

  • View and monitor the checklist of additional documentation being requested by the Financial Aid Office on the application portal.
  • Submit requested documentation to the Financial Aid Office.
  • To cover the remaining costs of the academic year, compare all available funding and payment options.
Summer

Important Dates

  • July 1: Accept or decline federal student loans via ScotWeb by this date so accepted loans appear on fall semester invoices.
  • Mid-July: Fall semester invoices will be mailed by the Business Office.
  • Aug. 10: Fall semester balances are due in full.

 

General Information & Reminders:

  • The Financial Aid Office will continue emailing requests to students to accept or decline federal student loans via ScotWeb. Instructions will be included in this request.
  • First time federal student loan borrowers should complete the online Master Promissory Note and Entrance Counseling at student aid.gov.
  • View and monitor the list of additional documentation being requested by the Financial Aid Office on ScotWeb and submit to the Financial Aid Office.
  • To cover the remaining costs of the academic year, compare all available funding and payment options.