Financial aid starts with the FAFSA.

To apply for financial aid, you must first complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, better known as the FAFSA. The application is available beginning January 1, and we recommend that you complete it by May 1.

These six FAFSA pointers help you avoid delays:

  1. Know the magic number. When completing the FAFSA, you must enter school codes for the specific colleges and universities you want to attend. Wingate University’s code is 002985.
  2. Complete FAFSA even if you’re unsure that you qualify. Not sure if you are eligible for financial aid? That’s okay. We recommend that you complete the application for your first year regardless. After you see how much federal, state and institutional financial aid you’re eligible to receive, you can decide if you want to complete it in following years.
  3. Give it two to four weeks. We’ll mail you a financial aid award package two to four weeks after you submit your FAFSA and have been accepted into Wingate University. We process the information as we receive it from qualified students. The first award packages are mailed out in March.
  4. The award goes to: Your award package outlines all of the financial aid for which you qualify, including academic scholarships, need-based grants, federal loans and work-study opportunities.
  5. What is verification? The Department of Education or Wingate University may select your FAFSA submission for the verification process. If you’re selected for verification, we’ll let you know if you need to provide additional information or documents to finalize your award package.
  6. Keep an eye on FAFSA deadlines. Set a reminder on your phone because this is important: You must provide all information to us by the deadline to ensure your scholarship and grant funds are ready when you arrive in the fall.

If you have questions about how to apply for financial aid, you can always contact your enrollment officer or call the Office of Admissions at 800-755-5550.

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