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For Prospective Undergraduates

2014-15 Application for Financial Aid and Deadlines


Wesleyan University's financial aid program awards assistance solely on the basis of financial need to US citizens and eligible non-citizens. No aid is based on academic merit, athletic ability or special talents.  Wesleyan does not "negotiate" financial aid, but does consider extenuating circumstances that may affect a family's ability to contribute to a Wesleyan education.

The full financial need of all undergraduate students, as determined by the Office of Financial Aid, is met with a combination of loans, part-time employment and grants. Wesleyan considers the financing of education expenses to be the responsibility of parents, up to the level of their ability to contribute. Thus parent financial information is the primary basis for the determination of need.

Once a student enrolls, continued support from parents is expected until graduation. Students who have supported themselves financially for a significant period of time prior to enrolling at Wesleyan may qualify for self-supporting status, exempting the reporting of parent information. However, students must have approval from the Office of Financial Aid prior to applying as self-supporting students.

Students that apply to Wesleyan and indicate that they will not be seeking financial assistance will not be eligible to receive Wesleyan financial aid until after the student has been enrolled for one year at the university. If an incoming student would like to apply for financial aid after he/she receives their admission letter, they are encouraged to contact the Financial Aid Office to discuss whether we are able to consider their special circumstances.

Documents required to determine eligibility for assistance are listed below. Links have been provided to download forms in Adobe Acrobat format (when available) or connect the viewer to the appropriate application website.  
 
Priority dates for submitting all documents to their respective destinations are listed below.  Click on the appropriate Admission Decision Checklist links for detailed document requirements and priority dates:

 

CSS PROFILE 

Noncustodial Parent PROFILE

Signed 2012 Federal Tax Returns and W2s

Signed 2013 Federal Tax Returns and W2s

FAFSA 

EARLY DECISION 1
(click here for printable Checklist)

Nov 15

Nov 15

Nov 15
(send to Wesleyan)

Apr 1
(send to IDOC)

Apr 1

EARLY DECISION 2
(click here for a printable Checklist)

Jan 15

Jan 15

Jan 15
(send to Wesleyan)

Apr 1
(send to IDOC)

Apr 1

REGULAR DECISION
(click here for a printable Checklist)

Feb 15

Feb 15

N/A

March 1
(send to IDOC)

Feb 15

 

Please submit an IDOC cover sheet when you mail documents to IDOC. For Early Decision 1 and Early Decision 2 applicants, when you are sending information to our office, please be sure to indicate the student's name and date of birth.

 

Financial Aid Tipsheet - this quick reference guide provides basic financial aid application information and FAQs.

Required Documents for US Citizens and Eligible Non-Citizens:
International applicants please click here

Estimating 2013 income information is acceptable.  Information will be reconciled upon receipt of 2013 1040.

1. FREE APPLICATION FOR FEDERAL STUDENT AID (FAFSA) 2014-15
(submit electronically) NOTE: the 2014-15 FAFSA will be available after January 1, 2014
Wesleyan's code number is 001424. 

It is recommended that both applicant and parent obtain PIN numbers to sign the FAFSA. Electronic processing takes approximately 8-10 business days. Use income estimates if necessary, so you don't miss your priority date. Please plan accordingly.   

Wesleyan recommends that you use the IRS Data Retrieval process in an effort to reduce additional documents. If you haven’t completed your taxes yet, you will not be able to use Data Retrieval until you do.  However you can answer that you “will file” your taxes and you can still use estimates to answer the income questions and come back later to complete the Data Retrieval process.  In the event that you have filed your federal tax return electronically at least two weeks prior to today or submitted your paper return 6-8 weeks prior to today, you may be eligible use the IRS Data Retrieval tool to pull your prior year tax information directly into your FAFSA.  If you are applying to more than ten schools be sure to resubmit your Student Aid Report (FAFSA filing confirmation) with the additional institutions.  

FAFSA Reject - Correction Required:  If you have submitted your FAFSA, received your SAR (Student Aid Report) and must make corrections (ex. lack of parent and student signatures) please click here for further instructions.

If your Student Aid Report (SAR) indicates that you have been selected for verification click here.

 

 

2. COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP SERVICE (CSS) PROFILE 2014-15
(submit electronically)

Wesleyan's code number is 3959.

Electronic processing takes approximately 5 business days. Use income estimates if necessary, so you don’t miss your priority date. Please plan accordingly. 

You will receive a CSS acknowledgement form once your application has been processed.  Application corrections should be made on this form and submitted directly to Wesleyan. In lieu of the Profile explanation box, applicants are encouraged to submit dollar-specific details relative to any special circumstances that affect their ability to contribute to a Wesleyan education directly to the Financial Aid Office. 

Families living abroad whose student is a US citizen or eligible non-citizen are asked to complete the Profile form as well. They should also forward a copy of their tax return(s) or verification of income with English translation directly to the Financial Aid Office.

Students applying only for Federal Aid (such as Federal Direct Loans) are not required to complete the ProfileTM .

 

 

3. SIGNED 2013 FEDERAL TAX RETURN AND W-2(s)
 (send to IDOC)

Signed copies of the student's and parents' 2013 federal tax return including all schedules and W-2 forms. 

Early Decision 1 and Early Decision 2 applicants: You will need to submit a copies of their 2012 federal tax returns, including all schedules and W-2(s). This information should be sent directly to Wesleyan. Please be sure to indicate the student's name and date of birth. These documents can be mailed, faxed or e-mailed to the Financial Aid Office. 

Wesleyan Financial Aid Office
237 High Street
Middletown, CT  06459-0260
Fax: (860) 685-2801
E-mail: finaid@wesleyan.edu

Early Decision 1 and 2 applicants will be asked to submit their 2013 federal tax returns and W-2(s) to IDOC when they are completed and no later than April 1, 2014. If accepted, you will receive further instructions on how to submit this information to IDOC. 

Regular Decision applicants: In early February, you will receive information regarding how to login to IDOC to print your own individualized Cover Sheet for submitting supporting documentation. Read the instructions carefully in order to avoid delays. All supporting documents must be submitted directly to the College Board as one complete packet accompanied by your personalized IDOC cover sheet. If you have more than one institution listed on your cover letter, each school listed will receive images of your information. Please do not submit multiple packets.Click HERE to log in to IDOC.

Students applying only for Federal Aid are not required to submit 2013 federal tax return and W-2 documents.

 

 

4. NONCUSTODIAL PARENT'S PROFILE AND 2013 FEDERAL TAX RETURN  AND W-2(s) if applicable
(submit Noncustodial Profile electronically and tax returns to IDOC)

Wesleyan's Profile code is 3959.

If biological/adoptive parents are divorced, separated, single or were never married, the CSS Noncustodial Profile and a copy of the noncustodial parent's 2013 federal tax return including all schedules and W2 form(s) (please follow instructions for submitting documents to Wesleyan/IDOC as noted above in #3).

This requirement is not initiated until the student completes the CSS Profile.  Once completed, the College Board will send the student an email directing him/her to share the email with the noncustodial parent.  The message will include:

  • A link to the website where the noncustodial parent will be required to login.
  • A pre-assigned login and password that must be used by the noncustodial parent the first time he or she accesses the site.
  • A message stating that the noncustodial parent will be required to change the pre-assigned password to access the application.

The student will also be given the option to request that the College Board send an email directly to the noncustodial parent.  If the student selects this option, he or she will be asked to provide the noncustodial parent's email address.

Students applying only for Federal Aid are not required to complete the Noncustodial Parent ProfileTM, nor submit their 2013 federal tax return and W-2 documents.

 

 

5. BUSINESS and/or FARM TAX RETURNS if applicable
(send to IDOC)

If parents operate a business or farm, include a copy of the most recent partnership or corporate tax return.

Students applying only for Federal Aid are not required to submit the most recent partnership or corporate tax return.

 

 

6. PERMISSION TO SHARE FORM if applicable
(send to Wesleyan)

Student release form for guardians, counselors, etc. to discuss financial aid file.  This form should be completed if you wish to allow someone other than your parent to contact us on your behalf. This form does not apply to persons who have submitted information on the FAFSA or CSS Profile or scholarship agencies.

 

 

7. REPORT AN OUTSIDE SCHOLARSHIP if applicable
(submit electronically)

Scholarships from outside sources must be reported to our office as they affect financial aid funding.  Most students learn of these scholarships at high school graduation.  

 

 

 

Students applying only for federal student aid (primarily Federal Direct Loans) should complete the FAFSA and e-mail the Financial Aid Office so we could waive your taxes and CSS Profile at finaid@wesleyan.edu.

After reviewing application materials, the Office of Financial Aid may determine that additional information is needed. The office will contact the applicant to request any additional documentation. 

As part of Wesleyan's effort to work in partnership with the student and his/her family, the best offer of financial assistance is provided in the initial award letter.  Requests for additional funding must be based upon special circumstances that were not provided with the original application.  These types of circumstances might include loss of employment, elder or medical care expenses.  Items such as home repairs, weddings, car/mortgage payments, credit card debt, etc. are not considered special circumstances.

Report an outside Scholarship