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Apply for Financial Aid

Follow these four easy steps to apply for Financial Aid.


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.

Priority Deadlines:

  Apply for Financial Aid by: Receive Financial Aid Award by: 
Early Action Admission Applicants  December 1  February 1
Regular Action Admission Applicants  February 1  April 1
Transfer Applicants  February 1  April 1

STEP 1: File the FAFSA using college code 001781.

You can file the 2017-18 FAFSA starting October 1, 2016. Please note that you will be providing 2015 income tax information.

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.

STEP 2: Submit Wheaton Institutional Financial Aid Application

Click here to complete the 2017-18 Wheaton institutional financial aid application.  Please complete the FAFSA first. Important note: The Wheaton Institutional application is required for institutional need-based aid, but not for federal aid. 

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

STEP 3: Submit Verification Documents - if requested

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The student will be notified if verification documents are requested. Any documents submitted must include the student's full name and student ID number.

Verification Deadline: Students must provide verification documentation prior to the last day of the student’s enrollment for Campus-based, Direct Loan, and institutional need-based aid. However, for maximum consideration of Campus-based and institutional need-based aid, verification documentation must be received prior to the annually established priority deadline date, which varies for new and continuing students. Verification documentation must be provided for Pell Grant applicants prior to 120 days after the last day of the student’s enrollment.

Important: Funds are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, and awards cannot be processed until all requested verification items have been received. If financial aid disburses after semester payment is due, students are subject to late fees and interest charges.

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 financial aid counselor to discuss your situation. Your counselor 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 Explanation (PDF).

STEP 4: Accept your Award

Incoming students will receive an award summary at their home address that will include instructions for accepting their award online. Continuing students will receive notice, at their home address, when their awards are ready to view and accept online.


Award estimates

We can process estimated financial aid awards for all new undergraduates selected for verification if they have completed the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), our institutional application, and certain other requested items. An estimated award may be completed before the following have been received:

  • Verification worksheet
  • W2s for non-tax-filers with income

Our recommended deadline to submit these items is June 1.

If the above requirements are met, we will process an award estimate.  Our goal is to have an estimate to the student in time for the student to make an enrollment decision by the Admission Office’s May 1 deadline.

Please note: All verification information must be submitted before a final award can be determined and before any funds can be disbursed. Also, the award may change depending on the final tax data and other verification information.




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