Applying For Financial Aid

1. Application Process:

It is recommended that you complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid in January of the year you plan to attend WVU. However, the deadline is March 1st in order to be considered an on-time applicant for financial aid. FAFSAs received by the federal processor after that date will be considered for Direct Student Loans and Pell Grants only. The quickest and most accurate way to apply is online using FAFSA on the Web at The FAFSA School Code for WVU’s Morgantown Campus is 003827.

If you need assistance completing the application you can obtain information from the experts at the Federal Student Aid Programs (1-800-4FED-AID), or you can call us at the WVU Financial Aid Office at (304) 293-5242 and we will be happy to assist you. Be sure to review the tips for special student populations on this page.

Once your application is processed by the Federal Processing Center, a notification will be sent to you either electronically (if you included an email address on the application) or by a paper Student Aid Report (SAR). If you listed WVU as a school to receive information (FAFSA School Code: 003827), we will electronically receive your information from the processing center and begin to determine your eligibility.

2: Verification of Application Information:

Federal regulations require WVU to select a certain number of applications for a review process called Verification. If your application is selected, you will be notified by our office through a written request for additional information. You will have 30 days to submit the required documents. Your financial aid will NOT be processed until all required documents are received.

If we have requested you to send a Tax Return Transcript, you must provide the information in one of three ways:

1.) Use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool that is part of the FAFSA on the Web. Go to, log in to the student’s FAFSA record, select “Make FAFSA Corrections”, and navigate to the Financial Information section of the form. From there, follow the instructions to determine if you are eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to transfer IRS income tax information onto the student’s FAFSA. You can find more information about this option from the US Department of Education’s blog.

2.) Obtain an IRS Tax Return Transcript online as follows:
– Go to the IRS Get Transcript webpage, or call 800-908-9946.
– Make sure you order the “IRS Tax Return Transcript” and NOT the “IRS Tax Account Transcript.”
– You will need to use your Social Security Number, date of birth, and address on file with the IRS.

3.) Request your tax return transcript using your smartphone with the free IRS2Go mobile app:
– Download IRS2Go for Android devices from the Google Play Store or IRS2Go for iOS from the App Store:

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NOTE: It takes up to two weeks for IRS income information to be available for electronic IRS tax return filers, and up to eight weeks for paper tax return filers. If the parents are married, and they filed separate tax returns, then you must obtain a separate IRS Tax Return Transcript for each parent. A copy of a paper tax return prepared by filer or tax preparer will not be accepted.

3. Special Circumstances:

If your family income has declined during the current calendar year due to unexpected circumstances, please contact the Financial Aid Office after the initial submission of the upcoming financial aid year FAFSA. In some instances, U.S. Department of Education will recalculate eligibility.

Please remember that applying for financial aid and fulfilling all necessary requirements is your responsibility.

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