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How to Apply for Financial Aid


How to Fill Out the FAFSA

Check out this series of videos produced by the Federal Student Aid Office of the U.S. Department of Education for information about how to complete the FAFSA. Watch now.

Get Help Paying For College

Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the first step toward receiving financial aid.

Don't miss out on your part of the pie! Submitting your FAFSA helps identify whether you are eligible for a share of Widener's over $50 million in financial aid awarded each year, as well as the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Federal Student Aid's more than $150 billion in grants, work-study funds, and loans.


In order to be eligible for financial aid funding, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Have earned a high school diploma or have a GED
  • Be older than 17 years of age, Pennsylvania's compulsory high school attendance age
  • Not concurrently enrolled in an elementary or secondary institution

FAFSA Priority Filing Dates

The FAFSA is available online every October the year prior to your planned enrollment. Some aid is first-come, first-serve, so it is important not to delay.

2019-2020 Academic Year

  • Fall 2019 Freshmen – December 15, 2018
  • Fall 2019 Transfer Students – February 15, 2019

FAFSAs filed after the priority filing date may be subject to reduced funding from Widener University's need-based aid sources. Applications will continue to be processed as they are received even if filed after the priority date.

Completing the FAFSA

  1. Gather the following information to complete the FAFSA:
    - Student's social security number, and if applicable, alien registration number
    - Parent's and student's W2 and/or 1099 forms from two years prior
    - Federal tax return from two years prior. All families are encouraged to use the IRS Data Retrieval Toolto      save time and reduce error retrieving their tax return when it becomes available.
    - Records related to non-taxed income (e.g., welfare, SNAP)
    - Current information related to assets (e.g., bank statements, stocks, bonds)
    - Household information (e.g., household size, number in college, parent marital status, and student marital status)
  2. Create an FSA ID. This will give you access to Federal Student Aid's online system and can serve as your legal signature. Both the student and at least one parent need separate FSA IDs.
  3. Complete your FAFSA. Widener University's Federal FAFSA School Code is 003313. 

The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Federal Student Aid will process submitted information and notify Widener University so we can begin the process of awarding aid. You can review your process status online and will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) within a few days of submission, which will summarize all submitted information and allow you to review for any required changes.

If your aid offer includes a federal loan and you are a first time borrower, there are a few more steps to take in order to receive the loan. Learn more regarding loan financing.

Need help applying for financial aid? Contact the Financial Aid Services department at 610-499-4161 or