Application & Awards Process
Follow the process below to ensure that you meet all application requirements. You must apply for admission to your chosen program at Whitworth. Only accepted students will receive a financial aid award.
2019-20 FAFSA Opening Date: Oct. 1, 2018
Incoming fall 2019 freshmen can anticipate receiving financial aid awards from Whitworth in early February.
Submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) to the federal processor. You can do this electronically with a Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID). If you don't have an FSA ID, visit https://fsaid.ed.gov. Be sure to list Whitworth University (#003804) on the FAFSA, so that we will receive your electronic information.
You will receive an email with a link to your electronic Student Aid Report (SAR) from the processor after you file your FAFSA. Review it for accuracy and make any necessary changes as directed. The federal processor will send a simultaneous electronic record of your Student Aid Report to the financial aid offices you listed on the FAFSA.
Once the federal processor determines your expected family contribution (EFC), our office will let you know the types and amounts of aid you are eligible to receive. Our acknowledgment to you will be a Financial Aid Award Notice. If additional information is needed to determine your exact eligibility, your award may be estimated. Estimated awards are subject to change until complete information is received. (Please respond promptly to our requests for additional information.) Please notify our office of any changes in your family's financial status or of receipt of increased resources, including outside scholarships or private education loans.
If you are awarded a Federal Direct Student Loan, the amount of your eligibility will be listed on your award notice. If you would like to decline or reduce any or all of your Federal Direct Loans, please email your revision request to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your award and file will be adjusted when we receive it. If you are a first-time Federal Direct Student Loan borrower, you must complete Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loan Agreement (Master Promissory Note) entrance loan counseling. Below are the links to both web-based processes:
- Federal Direct Student Loan- Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loan Agreement (electronic Master Promissory Note): https://studentloans.gov
- Federal Direct Student Loan Entrance Loan Counseling process: https://studentloans.gov
Please note that students must reapply for financial aid each academic year. You should retain the FSA ID sent to you by the federal processor. Your FSA ID will be used for making corrections to the FAFSA and for the re-application process as well as for reviewing federal loan data. Whitworth's academic year begins in the fall and runs through the summer.
Some students will have increased costs due to study-abroad programs; these will be considered when the financial-aid office determines a student's award.
If you have questions regarding submitting special-circumstances information to the Whitworth Financial Aid Office, please visit our forms page at www.whitworth.edu/financialaid/forms.