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How Do I Apply For Financial Assistance?


KWU Scholarships are “Application Free.”

  • Academic Scholarships are awarded by Admissions Office based on your KWU Composite score if you will be a Freshman at KWU, or your cumulative College GPA if you are transferring to KWU. 
  • Academic Scholarships also renew automatically. See the page titled “KWU Academic Scholarships” to see the required KWU Cumulative GPA is to renew …or even improve…your Academic Scholarship. 
  • The Director of Admissions will notify you of the Scholarship for which you are qualified and the Student Financial Aid Office will process it….automatically. 

Performance Scholarships are awarded by your area of interest. You don’t have an area of interest? Of course, you do. Find something and join in; you can change later, if you want to….it will add the Power of “And” to your college experience…..and garner you Performance Scholarships. Performance Scholarships are automatically renewable…as long as you are active in something in addition to classroom study.

Remember, you must be enrolled in at least 12 hours each semester of ON GROUND Classes to qualify KWU Scholarships and Grants.

How Do I Apply For Federal Financial Assistance?

Start by creating your FSA ID.


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There are really two types of applications.

First: You apply for the Financial Aid programs administered by the Student Financial Planning Office at KWU. Submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by logging onto the Federal Student Aid website. Follow the instructions there. Be sure to list Kansas Wesleyan University as your college of choice; our school code is 001929. About four (4) business days after you submit your FAFSA, begin checking your MyKWU Student Account, section titled “Financial Aid Document Tracking.” The KWU Student Financial Planning Department will post instructions there for your next step(s). Check this section frequently as instructions related to your awards will also appear there.

Second: You apply for “Outside” scholarships…not administered by KWU. Searching for outside Scholarships should be something you do throughout your college career.  See the “Outside Scholarships” section of this webpage for links to safe and effective Scholarship Search engines and clearinghouses.  

When do I submit my FAFSA?

The FAFSA for the Financial Aid Award year that begins with the Fall term of 2016 is available January 2, 2016. You should complete and submit your FAFSA as EARLY AS POSSIBLE. 

Some KWU institutional Financial Aid programs and Kansas State Scholarship programs have priority deadlines as early as Mar. 15. We strongly recommend you submit your FAFSA before these dates. However, if for some reason, you don’t do that, don’t despair!  The KWU Student Financial Planning office will still process your application and award everything for which you are eligible and for which funds remain available.   Good news!  KWU Academic and Performance Scholarships are awarded to all eligible students. See the Section below on “KWU Scholarships and Grants.”

What if my parents (and/or I) have not completed our tax returns by the FAFSA priority deadline of March 15?

Even if you or your parents have not completed your tax returns, complete your FAFSA with your best estimated information and submit by the priority deadline. (If your tax returns are not complete when you file your FAFSA, be sure to select “Will File” on your FAFSA. You can/should correct your FAFSA later. In fact, you may be required to do so if your FAFSA is selected for “Verification.” See the "Verification" tab on the right.

I hear there are changes for FAFSA for the 2017-18 Academic Year. What are they?


Change #1: FAFSA will open on October 1, 2016 for the 2017-18 academic year…three months earlier than before.

Change #2: This part of the change is titled “Prior-Prior Year”. In the past, the FAFSA application has traditionally been based on the tax year that ended on Dec. 31 of the immediately preceding year. This creates a rush for both families in filing their taxes and for the Financial Aid Office in collecting this information. Beginning with the 2017-18 FAFSA application, the “base year” or the tax year of the data you enter on FAFSA will be two tax years ago. Therefore, for the 2017-18 application, you will enter information from the tax year ending Dec. 31, 2015. In 2018-19, you will enter your 2016 tax year data.

Why? This will make FAFSA easier and less stressful for families and improve accuracy. The U.S. Dept. of Education did data analysis which showed that for the vast majority of families, their family income did not change enough to substantially from year to year to change the FAFSA awards from one year to the next. By October each year, most families have filed their income tax returns for the previous tax year, it will make using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool far less complicated.