Deadlines, Applications & Awards
Wheaton administers over $30 million in funds through our academic scholarship, need-based financial aid, and alternative financing programs annually. For more information on the academic and need-based programs, follow the links on the right. In order to be considered for need-based funding it is important to meet your financial aid application deadline. Late applicants will be reviewed on a funds-available basis.
Deadlines for applying for need-based financial aid
(Please refer to table on the right) These deadlines are required for consideration of need-based financial aid. Students who wish to be considered for academic scholarships only do not need to complete a financial aid application. Academic scholarships require no additional application; recipients are selected from the incoming freshmen applicant pool by the Office of Admission.
New Applicants and Wheaton Students who are applying for financial aid for the first time: Freshman applicants and enrolled Wheaton Students who are applying for financial aid for the first time and wish to be considered for both institutional and federal aid must submit the College Scholarship Service's Profile application, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and parent(s)' and student's 2015 federal tax return(s), all pages and schedules, along with employer W-2 forms. Applicants seeking Federal aid only are not required to submit the CSS Profile form. The FAFSA School code for Wheaton College is 002227. The CSS Profile School code for Wheaton College is 3963. Please submit all required tax documents and forms directly to The Office of Student Financial Services by fax, U.S. Post, or email, by the deadline.
Important: First Time Financial Aid Applicants please note that additional information may be needed in order to determine a student's eligibility for need based institutional aid. Wheaton requires the CSS Profile Business Farm Supplement, and a copy of the most recent business or corporate income tax return if parents are self employed and/or own a business. In addition if a student's parents are divorced or separated, the CSS Profile Non Custodial Parent's Statement is required from the student's non custodial parent. Please see Applying for Financial Aid When Parents are Divorced or Separated.
Important Information for Returning Wheaton Students: The 2017-2018 financial aid process for returning Wheaton students who are re-applying for financial has changed. Wheaton students who completed a CSS Profile for the 2016-2017 academic year will no longer be required to complete a CSS Profile for subsequent years. Returning students who wish to reapply for all forms of financial assistance must complete the 2017-2018 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and Wheaton's 2017-2018 Returning Student Supplemental Financial Aid Application.
New for this year: the federal government has implemented some changes to the FAFSA. Families will be asked to again report their 2015 income on their 2017-2018 FAFSA. Using prior prior year income and tax information enables families to complete the FAFSA using information that is readily available and accurate, eliminating the need to estimate their tax data. Please note: if you provided a copy of both parent(s)' and student's 2015 federal income tax return(s) and W-2 forms to our office when you completed your 2016-2017 financial aid application, you will not need to provide them again this year.
Important Information for Non Tax Filers: Parents' and students who did not file a federal income tax return in 2015 and whose 2017-2018 FAFSA was selected for verification by the Department of Education must now submit documentation of their non tax filing status from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The non tax filer will need to request an IRS tax return transcript from the IRS which will indicate that 2015 taxes were not filed. The transcript can be requested on line at: https://www.irs.gov/individuals/get-transcript. Please forward the information received from the IRS to the Office of Student Financial Services.