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How to File your FAFSA

The 2020-21 FAFSA is the only application required to apply for financial aid. You can file the 2020-21 FAFSA starting October 1, 2019. Please note that you will be providing 2018 income tax information.

College Code: 001781

A note for Illinois Residents: We recommend that you submit the FAFSA by November 15 in order to be considered for the Illinois Monetary Award Program (MAP) Grant.

Priority Deadlines:

 Apply for Financial Aid by:Receive Financial Aid Award Starting: 
Early Action Admission Applicants November 15 February 1
Regular Action Admission Applicants January 22 April 1
Transfer Applicants January 22 April 1

In making every effort to distribute our financial aid funds as equitably as possible, Wheaton reconsiders the needs of the whole student body annually and distributes the available aid on that basis.  For this reason, please keep in mind that you must reapply each year in order to continue receiving financial aid.  If your financial situation changes from year to year, you may also see your financial aid increase or decrease based on those changes. 

Special circumstances that need further explanation? Please email, fax, or mail a letter of explanation to our office.

Right of Appeal

If you receive a financial aid award and feel that the determination of financial need is not sufficient, you may be able to appeal the decision. To initiate such a process, contact your student financial services advisor to discuss your situation. Your advisor will determine whether options for additional aid consideration are available. You may be asked to provide supporting documentation. Appeals regarding the determination of financial need must contain new or additional facts not considered at the time need was determined. For details, please read Appeal Procedure Explanation (PDF)

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First Time Applicants - Read This First

Before you apply for the first time, read this important information about how to apply and what you will need to start the process.

2020-21 FAFSA

The 2020-21 FAFSA is available as of October 1st. Read on for important information about the application process.