Paying for college is an investment. Our financial aid team is here to guide you through the financial aid process and help you determine the best way to finance your Widener education.
Applying For Financial Aid as an Adult Learner
In order to receive your part of the financial aid pie, it's important that you complete your FAFSA. "FAFSA" stands for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and helps identify whether you are eligible for aid awarded by Widener and the government.
Here are the general eligibility requirements for most financial aid programs:
Must demonstrate financial need by filing a FAFSA
Be a U.S. Citizen or eligible noncitizen
Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a regular student in an eligible degree or certificate program
Applying for aid
You will need the following items in order to complete the FAFSA:
Social Security number and, if applicable, alien registration number
W2 and/or 1099 forms from two years prior
Federal tax return from two years prior. You are encouraged to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to save time and reduce error retrieving tax information.
Current information related to assets (e.g., bank statements, stocks, bonds, etc.)
Household information (e.g., household size, number of family members in college, marital status, etc.)
FSA ID—this is a unique ID that will give you access to Federal Student Aid's online system and can serve as your legal signature
In nearly all cases, graduate and professional studies students are considered independent students and do not need to provide parent information.
If at any time you have questions or are unsure what to do, know that we are here to help. Please contact our financial aid team for assistance.
What should I expect after I submit the FAFSA?
The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Federal Student Aid will let us know once your FAFSA has been processed so we can begin awarding aid.
You can review your process status online and will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) within a few days after submission. This 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. These are described in your offer letter.
Ways to Finance Your Education
Scholarships & Grants
Widener is proud to offer several endowed scholarship opportunities to currently enrolled adult and continuing studies students. These scholarships are awarded by the Center for Graduate & Continuing Studies and made possible through generous donor gifts. And the best part? Unlike loans, scholarship awards are yours to keep without the need to pay them back. Students are also welcome to reapply every year.
Alpha Sigma Lambda ScholarshipsAvailable to: Students 24 years of age or older currently enrolled in a baccalaureate degree program who have at least 30 credits at Widener University and a 3.2 cumulative grade point average.
Fresh Start Scholarship Foundation, Inc.Available to: Residents of (or those employed in) Delaware who have had at least a two-year break in education after completing high school or during college and are admitted into an undergraduate-level degree program
Many states offer grants that are typically need-based and limited to students attending schools within their own state of residence.
For a comprehensive list of state-specific grants and awards, visit the State Contacts page on the U.S. Department of Education website.
Some states, such as Delaware, have reciprocity agreements with Pennsylvania, so you can receive their grants while studying in Pennsylvania. Students who are residents of Pennsylvania, Delaware, or other reciprocal states are expected to apply for their own state's grant.
Loans are borrowed money that is repaid with interest and are helpful financial resources available after other options have been exhausted. Several loan options are available for adult and continuing studies students, including the Federal Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans, and private/alternative loans.
Oftentimes, employers will offer educational reimbursement benefits. We encourage you to explore these opportunities and will be glad to provide any necessary documentation. Widener University also partners with many local organizations and corporations to offer discounted tuition and other incentives to their employees.