Financial Aid FAQs

  • Does Wesleyan offer financial assistance based on academic merit, athletic ability, or special talents?

    Any financial assistance provided by the Financial Aid Office is based strictly on financial need.  Wesleyan University meets 100% of demonstrated need for all admitted applicants who indicated at time of admission that they were seeking financial aid.  Financial Aid is not available for the BLS Program at this timeIn addition to our need-based financial aid program, students may also apply separately to be considered for the Wesleyan University Hamilton Prize.  International applicants from select Asian countries will be required to apply through Freeman Asian Scholars Program. 

  • Do I need to be accepted for admission before applying for financial aid?

    No.  We expect you to apply for financial aid according to the priority dates for your admission type (ED1, ED2, Regular Decision, and Transfer).  We want to notify you about financial aid at the same time you receive your letter of admission, so please follow the priority dates and contact us if you have any questions or concerns.  The priority dates can be found on the Prospective Applicant pages. 

    Please note:

    • US citizens, permanent residents, DACA/undocumented applicants who wish to be considered for Wesleyan financial aid must indicate prior to admission whether they are seeking financial aid.  Applicants who do not indicate prior to admission will not be eligible to receive Wesleyan financial aid until after the student has completed one year/two full semesters at the university.
    • International Applicants who wish to be considered for Wesleyan financial aid must indicate prior to admission whether they are seeking financial aid.  International applicants who do not indicate prior to admission are ineligible for Wesleyan financial aid throughout their four years at Wesleyan.

     Financial Aid is not available for the BLS Program at this time

  • Where should I send documentation for the financial aid application?
    • US citizens/permanent residents, DACA/undocumented applicants: all documentation or letters of special circumstance should be sent directly to the CollegeBoard’s IDOC (Institutional Documentation Service).  You will receive instructions regarding your IDOC access after submission of the CSS Profile.  Refer to the email received from the CollegeBoard after completion of the CSS Profile for more information. 
    • International applicants:  supporting documentation may be sent directly to the Wesleyan Financial Aid Office.  Be sure to include your Name and Reference Number on your documents.
  • Do I need to reapply for financial aid every year?
    • US citizens/permanent residents, DACA/undocumented students:  Yes. Domestic students will be required to resubmit financial documents each year. Ordinarily, noncustodial parent documentation will only be required in the first year.
    • International students:  No.  Ordinarily, we will utilize the documentation provided during the admission process unless a re-review is requested.  

     Financial Aid is not available for the BLS Program at this time

  • Does Wesleyan expect a contribution from the student?

    Wesleyan expects a minimum contribution from students based on the class year.  For fall 2020, the standard first-year student expectation was $2,000. This contribution increases to $2,200 for the remaining years at Wesleyan.

    To make a Wesleyan education more affordable, the minimum student contribution has been reduced to $1,200 for our students who demonstrate the greatest financial need.  The reduced student contribution is based upon the calculated parental contribution.  Students who entered Wesleyan in fall 2020 with a parental contribution of $10,000 or less ordinarily qualified for the reduced student contribution.

    Assets held in the student’s name would also be considered as a resource and may increase the student contribution figures noted above.

  • Who is considered a parent?

    For the purposes of completing the FAFSA and the CSS Profile, a legal parent includes a biological or adoptive parent, or a person that the state has determined to be your parent (for example, when a state allows another person’s name to be listed as a parent on a birth certificate). Grandparents, foster parents, legal guardians, older brothers or sisters, widowed stepparents, and aunts and uncles are not considered parents unless they have legally adopted you.

    If one or both of your legal parents has remarried, their spouses income will be required on both the FAFSA (for the custodial parent only) and on the CSS Profile (for both the custodial and non-custodial parents). However, please note that income earned by a student’s step-parent(s) is not considered as a family resource when determining the parent contribution as part of the Wesleyan financial aid package.

  • How is the parent contribution calculated?

    Parent contributions are determined by assessing the family’s total income, both taxed and untaxed, for the relevant tax period.  If you will be applying to Wesleyan for entry in the 2021-22 academic year, your family will be required to provide information and documentation pertaining to the 2019 tax year. We also consider all parent assets, excluding money held in designated retirement funds.  Please note that money contributed to tax deferred retirement accounts in the relevant tax year will be considered as part of the family’s total income.

  • What is the work-study program?

    The Federal Work-Study program is a federally-funded financial aid program available to US citizens and permanent residents. The mandate of the program is to assist students with the cost of their college education by providing a subsidy to employers to support and expand part-time student employment opportunities. At Wesleyan, we also have the Wesleyan Term-Time Employment program for financial aid recipients who do not qualify for the Federal Work-Study program. 

    Students may qualify for either the Federal Work-Study program or for the Wesleyan Term-Time Employment program, which will be indicated on the student’s financial aid award letter.  Students working through either of these programs will apply for positions and, when hired, will be paid directly on a weekly basis.  Students are not required to work but will not be paid for any unearned portion nor will they be expected to pay back any unearned portion.  Please note that we are unable to provide additional grant support to replace the self-help portion of the financial aid award for students who are not able to work.

  • How do outside scholarships affect the financial aid provided by Wesleyan?
  • While awaiting a decision on my financial aid request for reconsideration, will my fall enrollment be at risk if I am unable to make payment by the semester due date?
    Positive results from a financial aid request for reconsideration cannot be guaranteed. Arrangements should be made to make payment by the due date. We understand many have been impacted financially by circumstances brought on by the pandemic. The offices of Financial Aid and Student Accounts will work closely together to grant due date extensions and be flexible where possible in regards to payment.
  • If I am fully remote for spring semester, how will this affect my financial aid package?

    Tuition for the spring semester is the same regardless of the mode of course delivery. Students who are fully remote will not be charged the Residential Comprehensive Fee. You can expect your billed costs to be lower, and your family contribution to be the same but allocated differently (to living expenses and personal expenses) based on what is on the bill. Students studying remotely who qualify for financial aid will be provided an allowance for living and personal expenses as well as books & supplies.

    More details on the Cost of Attendance budgets can be found at:

    The Financial Aid Office will be revising the aid packages for students who are learning remotely once the change of status has been confirmed by the Class Dean.

    The amount of grant aid or loan funds received will depend upon the cost of attendance budget applicable. The parent contribution and student contribution remain the same regardless of the cost of attendance budget used. Generally, students who were awarded grant aid based upon an on-campus budget level will see a reduction in this support by the amount representing the difference from the on-campus budget and the remote student budget, as the expenses are lower when a student studies remotely. Remote students who are housing insecure or anticipate additional expenses due to challenges studying from home may petition for an increase to the Cost of Attendance – REMOTE budget:

  • I am not living on campus. Will my RCF be adjusted?
    Students who are studying remotely will not be charged the Residential Comprehensive Fee (RCF) once their change of status is confirmed by the Class Dean. Students who will be living off-campus but commuting to Wesleyan will receive an adjustment to their RCF charge for housing (and meal plan, if applicable) once their change of status is confirmed by the Class Dean.
  • What if I switch from on-campus to remote after the start of the semester? How will this affect my RCF charge and my financial aid package?

    Students who decide to switch to remote learning after being on-campus should contact their Class Dean to request an enrollment status change to “Remote.”  Once approved by the Class Dean, a housing and/or dining refund will be provided on a pro-rated basis.  More information on this process may be found in the Housing Refunds and Dining Refunds sections of the Refund Policies:


    Students on financial aid will have their Cost of Attendance budget adjusted on a pro-rated basis.  You can expect your costs to be lower and your financial aid adjusted accordingly.  The parent and student contribution portion of a financial aid package remain the same regardless of the student’s Cost of Attendance budget. 

    The Residential Comprehensive Fee (RCF) will be credited per the refund policy above; students who switch to a remote status prior to November 22nd (fall semester) or April 12th (spring semester) will receive a Room & Board allowance for costs associated with living at home. 

     This allowance will be prorated based upon the remaining weeks of the semester.  Students who are housing insecure and switch to remote status should contact their financial aid class director to discuss how to petition for an increase to the standard remote cost of attendance budget. 

  • Will work-study expectations be adjusted for the spring?

    No. Students will be expected to participate in university employment opportunities assuming they can be performed in accordance with all applicable health and safety guidelines. Students studying remotely within the United States will be permitted to have campus jobs if their supervisor approves remote work.  Please note: Wesleyan is unable to offer employment to students studying remotely outside of the United States. Students studying outside the United States who were awarded work-study as part of their financial aid package should contact their financial aid director for additional information. 

  • What if I am unable to find a work-study job this semester?
    We anticipate certain on-campus positions will not be hiring students this semester. However, academic departments and other student employers are engaged in developing new positions that can meaningfully employ students in a safe manner. More information about the availability of these positions will be available closer to our return to campus.
  • How will financial aid be affected if I take a leave of absence?
    A leave of absence or deferral will not impact financial aid eligibility. Students are eligible for up to eight semesters of financial assistance provided they reapply each year. Students with previous educational loans should contact the Financial Aid Office to inquire how a leave or deferral might impact their loan status during their time away.
  • Will my parent contribution be affected if my sibling(s) in college change his/her enrollment plans?
    If you have a sibling(s) in college, your parent contribution may be affected if your sibling(s) decides to defer or take a leave of absence, as he/she is technically no longer enrolled. If your sibling(s) is studying remotely, you will not see a change in your parent contribution, assuming the tuition at his/her institution has not changed significantly.
  • COVID-19 has had a significant impact on my family‚Äôs financial resources. Is there a way to have my financial aid package reconsidered due to these changes?

    Yes. Financial aid recipients who have been affected financially by the COVID-19 pandemic are encouraged to complete the Request for Reconsideration form explaining the change in circumstances:  Please submit this form, along with supporting documentation, directly to the Financial Aid Office.

     Wesleyan University requires all applicants for admission to indicate prior to admission whether they are seeking need-based institutional financial aid. First-year students who did not apply for financial aid at time of admission are ineligible for institutional aid for the first two semesters of attendance. However, students may apply for federal aid at anytime. Please contact the Financial Aid Office for additional information. International students who did not apply for financial aid at time of admission are ineligible for institutional aid for the duration of their program.

    We understand that paying for college is challenging. To help families make informed decisions, the Financial Aid Office also provides a variety of alternative financing options. For more information, please visit the Financial Aid Office website at