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Free Application for Federal Student AID (FAFSA)

What is the FAFSA?

The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is a government form in the United States that students and their families complete to determine eligibility for federal financial aid programs, including grants, loans, and work-study opportunities, to help pay for higher education expenses.

USW uses the FAFSA for all financial aid consideration, so it's crucial that students complete it every year.

To complete your FAFSA, you will need USW's federal school code: 013935

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Helpful tips:

Check Email
Each student will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) which summarizes information provided on the FAFSA to the e-mail used on their FAFSA. Please review the information for accuracy and keep the SAR for record purposes. Corrections can be made to a student's FAFSA by logging on to the FAFSA website. USW will send all communication to student's USW e-mail address once admitted. Communication prior to admission will be sent to e-mail provided on application or request for information forms. 

Promptly Submit any Requested Documentation
In order to complete your financial aid application, USW may request student and parent (if dependent) copies of federal tax transcript, W-2's or other documentation required by FAFSA for verification purposes. Respond promptly to such requests to assure timely processing of student financial aid.

Read Award Letter Carefully
When the FAFSA is complete and the student has met USW's admission criteria, the Office of Financial Aid will award you as well as provide additional directions. Read the award notification carefully. Instructions for accepting awards and completing the Direct Loan process (if necessary) will be included in the award.

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