For Spring Transfers (Entering January 2014)
2013-2014 Application for Financial Aid and Deadlines
The Office of Financial Aid at Wesleyan University is committed to enabling the best qualified students to attend. Accordingly, Wesleyan'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.
NOTE: Students that are admitted and indicate on their application that they will not be applying for financial aid or were not eligible to receive aid, will not be considered for Wesleyan financial aid during their first two (2) semesters at Wesleyan (e.g. Spring 2014 and Fall 2014).
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.
The Priority Deadline date for submission of all materials is:
November 15, 2013.
US Citizens and Eligible Non-Citizens:
1. The 2013-14 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). at www.fafsa.ed.gov. It is recommended that both applicant and parent obtain PIN numbers to sign the FAFSA. Electronic processing takes approximately 8-10 business days. Please plan accordingly. Wesleyan's code number is 001424.
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.If your Student Aid Report (SAR) indicates that you have been selected for verification click here.
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.
2. The 2013-14 ProfileTM Form of the College Scholarship Service (CSS). Available at www.collegeboard.org. Wesleyan's code number is 3959. Electronic processing takes approximately 5 business days. 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 for only Federal Aid (such as Federal Direct Loans) are not required to complete the Profile.
3. Signed copies of the student's and parents' 2012 federal tax return including all schedules and W2 forms.
Please note that Wesleyan does not participate in IDOC for prospective transfer students. Documents must be mailed to the office.
Students applying only for Federal Aid are not required to submit 2012 federal tax return and W2 documents. However, if your file is selected for verification our office will require your 2011 W2s along with IRS Income Verification. If your Student Aid Report (SAR) indicates that you have been selected for verification click here.
4. If parents are divorced, separated, or were never married, the CSS Noncustodial Profile and a copy of the noncustodial parent's 2012 federal tax return and W2 form(s). If this was completed at a student's current school, you can add a college or program to your NCP PROFILE Application by going to the PROFILE Home Page and clicking Add Colleges to Submitted Application.
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 the noncustodial parent's 2011 federal tax return and W2 documents.
5. If parents operate a business or farm, 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 information (.pdf). 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. Scholarships from outside sources must be reported to our office as they affect financial aid funding. Most students learn of these scholarships at graduation. To report a scholarship click here.
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.
The Military Veterans Endowed Scholarship Fund began in Fall 2008.
Recipients will have no loans in the financial aid package and may graduate with $0 loan indebtedness for the time they are enrolled at Wesleyan. However, should assistance be needed to meet the Student Contribution, most students should be eligible to borrow through the low-cost federal Direct or Perkins loans programs.
Wesleyan is also proud to be a part of the Yellow Ribbon Program for qualifying veterans.
Please note: due to budget constraints, we do not offer financial aid to international transfer applicants.