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.
Applicants who 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 federal tax return(s), all pages and schedules, along with employer W-2s for the most recently completed tax year. Applicants seeking Federal aid only are not required to submit the CSS Profile form.
For All Freshman Applicants Class of 2019: 2013 federal tax returns are acceptable until your 2014 returns are available. Awards based on 2013 tax returns and estimated 2014 income are tentative, and are reviewed and finalized upon receipt of 2014 returns.
For Early Decision Applicants: The 2015-2016 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is not available until January 1st. Please submit the 2015-2016 CSS Profile, copy of parents' and student's 2013 federal income tax return(s), and the CSS Business Farm Supplement and/or CSS Profile Non Custodial Parent's Statement (if applicable) by the November deadline. All accepted Early Decision students who have been awarded need-based financial aid will need to complete a 2015-2016 FAFSA and submit copies of parents' and student's 2014 federal income tax return(s) by early spring. This information is required to finalize your financial aid award for the coming academic year.
For Early Action applicants: Financial Aid notification will be sent to accepted Early Action applicants by April 1st.
All Financial Aid Applicants: Some students may also need to submit additional information such as the CSS Profile Non Custodial Parent's Statement, CSS Profile Business Farm Supplement, and a business or corporate income tax return.